Welcome to Burnaby! All staff in Burnaby are committed to promoting the highest levels of student welfare in a warm and friendly environment.

Boys arrive at Burnaby from all parts of the world, as well as from relatively nearby. The broad range of backgrounds and cultures in the house provides a great opportunity for boys to broaden their understanding and the friends they make here will often be friends for life.

Burnaby House Handbook

History and Location

Burnaby is located right in the heart of Bedford School. Its close proximity to the main building and games field makes it very convenient for the boys. It is a five-minute walk along De Parys Avenue into the town centre.

Burnaby is named after Colonel Frederick Burnaby, a nineteenth-century soldier and adventurer who attended the school. He was particularly well known for his ballooning exploits and other local references exist, such as in the name of two nearby pubs. The famous portrait of Frederick Burnaby by the French artist Tissot made the headlines by being used by Prince Charles as a model for his own portrait.


Meet the Burnaby Team

Mr James Hinkins, Housemaster
Having experienced boarding at Bedford School since 2016, Mr and Mrs Hinkins were appointed as House Parents of Burnaby in 2020.  Mr Hinkins studied at De Montfort University and went on to teach Physical Education whilst playing semi-professional rugby, mostly for Bedford Blues.  A few years after retiring from playing, he moved to Bedford School as Director of Rugby.  Mrs Hinkins studied for her second degree, physiotherapy, at the University of East Anglia.  She has since worked for the NHS and her current role is as a senior paediatric physiotherapist at the Child Development Centre.  They have two children, Florence and Jasper, Florence attends Bedford Girls’ School and Jasper is at Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School.

Mr Mark Graham, Assistant Housemaster
Mr Stuart Knight, House Tutor
Mr Steve Adams, House Tutor