The most important thing about Sanderson’s is that it is a home for all the boys who live here, and it is no coincidence that lifelong friendships are created in their time in the House. Tolerance, friendship, support, honesty and respect are integral to the ethos of the house and it is through the strong relationships between the house staff, parents and boys that we aim to instil these values.
Every boy in the House is treated as an individual who has something different to offer and we want no-one to leave with regrets about missed opportunities, but rather with a wealth of happy memories. We all have our strengths and weaknesses but as members of a community we respect each other’s differences and by working together we aim to help every member of the house to feel secure, understood and valued and to feel that they have got all they could out of their time in Sanderson’s and at Bedford School.
History and Location
Sanderson’s House was previously called Ashfield’s and is located off the school estate, just down the road from Redburn House in a quiet, residential area of Bedford, between the school and the river. Although it is off-site, it is only a seven-minute walk to school, and the boys benefit from its large garden and proximity to the local shops. It is the smallest of the boarding houses.
We pride ourselves on the relaxed atmosphere in the House and when a boy leaves Sanderson’s we hope he will have learnt to relate to others from a wide range of backgrounds, that he feels physically and emotionally strong, and that for the time that he was in the House that he was shown respect, was listened to and provided with the most effective springboard for success possible.
Meet the Sanderson’s Team
Richard Midgley, Housemaster
Mr and Mrs Midgley took over at Sanderson’s in September 2018. Mr Midgley is the school’s Registrar, as well as a PE and Science teacher. Having studied Education at the University of Exeter, Richard joined the school in 1998 as a teacher and progressed into numerous roles including Day Housemaster, Boarding Housemaster and Senior Boarding Housemaster, Assistant Head (Academic).
“I am constantly amazed by the quality of the boys that we have in our care, and it is this reason that has kept me at Bedford School for so long. The pride shown by the boys in their school is second to none and is what makes this such a special place to work!”
Mr Mark Huddlestone, Assistant Housemaster
Mr Peter Lumley-Wood, House Tutor
Mr Philip Waterhouse, House Tutor