The school welcomes all faiths.

Its foundation is nevertheless rooted in the Christian tradition and the Chapel has an important part in the life of the school community, symbolising Bedfordians past and present and providing a daily reminder of life’s spiritual dimension.

The Chapel plays an important part in the life of the school community. For boarders, there is a regular pattern of Church of England services on Sundays during term time (except at exeat weekends), to which all members of the school community are welcome. Services are choral, and there is a full Chapel Choir, with boys singing Treble, Alto, Tenor and Bass voices. Boarders also attend a congregational singing practice on Fridays at 8.35am.

School Chapel Assembly for all pupils takes place every Wednesday, as advertised in the Calendar. This is a very brief assembly, comprising a hymn, reading, short talk, and prayer. Boys who so wish, boarders and day boys alike, are given the opportunity to be prepared and presented for Confirmation each year.

The Chaplain

Our Chaplain, Revd. Shaun Atkins, is available throughout the school term and during much of the holidays. He provides pastoral counselling and support to any member of the school community who seeks it.

Shaun is an ordained priest in the Church of England. He served in parish ministry for twenty-seven years in a variety of churches in suburban Hertfordshire, inner London, and Oxford before coming to Bedford School in 2009. Shaun is married to Anne, and they have four adult children and one in secondary education.

Summer Term 2018 Core Dates

Date Time Service
Sunday 22 April 10.00am Morning Prayer 
Friday 27 April 6.15pm Evening Prayer 
Sunday 13 May 11.00am Confirmation
Sunday 20 May 6.15pm Choral Evensong
Sunday 10 June 6.15pm Choral Evensong with St Paul’s Church Choir
Sunday 17 June 10.00am Morning Prayer
Sunday 24 June 6.15pm Evening Prayer
Sunday 1 July 11.00am Holy Communion
Saturday 7 July 9.00am Leavers’ Service

Chapel choir Music List 


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