Giving boys the chance of broad experiences from an early age really matters.

At Bedford Prep, we’re proud of our extensive activity programme, which offers lots of potential to discover sporting and non-sporting pursuits the boys love.

Most happen in our long lunch breaks or after school, but for early risers our Ice Breakers swimming club means a fresh start on Wednesday mornings followed by breakfast and a hot chocolate.

Boys will discover a whole range of sports in PE lessons, and can follow up on any they enjoy in extra-curricular sessions, including our running club. But we don’t just cater for sports fans. They can hone their culinary skills in the Hungry Boys Club or make a racket in our Steel Band. They can learn the subtle art of chess, make mosaics or build canoes. We also offer a hugely popular Lego Club, and the UK’s only school observatory and a planetarium for budding stargazers.

Academic and General Interest

Art EnrichmentAstronomy & Chemical ReactionsCandlelight
ChessClassic Film ClubClassical Myths & Legends
Computer ClubCommentary ClubCreative Writing
Drama ClubDT & Wood CarvingEnvironment Group
Formula E Racing/Race CarFrench ClubGardening Club
General KnowledgeGerman ClubHistory Club
Hobbies ClubHistory ClubHungry Boys Club
Lego ClubMathsMedicine & Biology
Model AircraftPhilosophy Discussion GroupPre-History Club
Puzzle ClubScience Crest Award ClubScience Club
Speech & DramaTalented ArtTheatre Tech
Trinity Arts & LeisureWWII History & Crafts


Assembly BandBandJunior & Senior Brass Ensembles
Chamber OrchestraY3, Junior & Senior ChoirsChapel Choir
Junior & Senior Guitar EnsemblesJazz BandMusic Tech
Music TheoryRecorder EnsembleStarter Cellos
OrchestraSteel BandJunior String Group
Junior Woodwind

Sporting in addition to the main sports on offer

American FootballAthleticsBadminton
BasketballBody FitnessCricket
Cricket NetsFencingFives
Ice Breakers (swimming)Indoor CricketIndoor Football
Indoor HockeyIndoor RowingMulti-Sport
Non SwimmersRowingRugby Skills & Games
Rugby SevensRunning ClubShort Tennis
SwimmingTable TennisTAG / Speed / Agility
TennisTri SquadWater Polo

House Activities

During the week, on two evenings, Eagle House (Bedford Prep School Boarding House) has sole use of the school swimming pool for an hour and the sports hall on two evenings. Indoor football is usually the most popular activity with dodge ball, basketball, cricket and badminton also being played. The boys have access to the Prep School’s all-weather area and will often be found there in the evenings or at weekends playing football, rugby, hockey, and so on, or flying around on bicycles, roller blades, skateboards or scooters.