While the cancellation of exams, marking algorithms and various U-turns may have dominated the headlines in 2020, there is another side to the story which we are pleased to be able to share. 

An impressive 87% of our leaver applicants went on to either a Russell Group and/or a Times Top 30 university in autumn 2020. 

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Exam Results


The Advanced Level course at Bedford allows boys to focus on three or four subjects. Students also enjoy a Skills Programme to prepare them for university life, which is complemented by a full lecture programme with major speakers from outside the school. Alongside A-Levels, students also undertake the Bedford School Independent Project (BSIP) and many boys convert this project into an examined Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)

2020 A-Level Results

  • 31% of qualifications were graded A*
  • 61% of qualifications were graded A* to A.
  • 88% of qualifications were graded A* to B

International Baccalaureate

The International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme is a globally recognised pre-university course designed for students aged 16 -19.  Bedford School has recorded outstanding results in each of the years in which it has presented candidates for the IB Diploma examinations.

We believe that the IB gives our boys an edge as they seek places on particularly competitive university courses in the UK and elsewhere, and that it is also an asset to those who recognise that their future career may include an international dimension. It allows specialisation in a specific area, for example, science, humanities or languages, while also offering breadth. The core components of Theory of Knowledge and Extended Essay develop critical thinking and writing and promote qualities of independence and curiosity which are essential for higher education, and the CAS programme takes boys out of the school to help others in the community.

2020 IB Results

  • 24% of qualifications were graded 7, the equivalent to A* at A-Level.
  • 66% of qualifications were graded 7/6, the equivalent to A*/A at A-Level.
  • 93% of qualifications were graded 7/6/5, the equivalent of A*, A or B at A-Level.


The two-year GCSE course provides a strong foundation for boys moving on to A-Level or the IB Diploma. Boys study a core of English, Maths, a Modern Language and all three Sciences as well as a broad range of other subjects to provide them with a secure and challenging academic foundation.

2020 GCSE Results

  • 49% of qualifications were graded 9 to 8
  • 71% of qualifications were graded 9 to 7
  • 87% of qualifications were graded 9 to 6