Bedford Preparatory School
Bedford, United Kingdom
About Bedford Preparatory School
We are one of the region’s leading boarding and day schools, educating boys from the ages of 7 to 18. Part of The Harpur Trust, Bedford’s leading educational and social welfare charity, we’re a vibrant school with a very strong sense of community, set in a beautiful 50-acre estate in the heart of the town.
We believe that boys learn best when they’re happy, confident and their curiosity is stimulated, so we feel it’s very important that learning is fun, creative, inspirational and active. We also recognise boys learn differently to girls, and this informs our teaching.
Whether it’s music and the arts, science and technology, language and literature, or sports and games, boys are encouraged to learn new skills and embrace new experiences.
Visit our classes and you’ll find boys thoroughly engaged in their learning, inspired by challenge, competition, high expectations and risk within a safe environment. Our expectations are high but achievable, and our curriculum encompasses and transcends the National Curriculum, uniting traditional practice with innovative teaching, and the best of the creative and academic.
Our extensive campus offers boys outstanding academic, sporting, music, drama and art facilities. The Prep School is set in a discrete part of the estate, and we share the swimming pool, recreation centre, playing fields, astro and tennis courts with the Upper School and make use of the school’s fantastic theatre and other specialist facilities.
Working with each and every boy, we help them develop their sporting talents. We provide expert coaching in a wide variety of sports, including rugby, hockey, cricket, golf, skiing, horse riding, cross country, swimming, badminton and rowing.
Creative arts are a big part of school life, with boys taking part in concerts, exhibitions and performances throughout the year. In our dedicated music building with a state-of-the-art music technology suite and well-equipped practice rooms, many of our boys learn to play one or more instruments.
Boys can also get involved in a wide range of extra-curricular activities, from cookery to steel band, chess to canoe building, there is something for every boy.
The school’s ongoing development programme has included the construction of a new Library (2003), Observatory & Planetarium (2003), a new Music School (2006) and a wonderful new theatre in St Luke’s Church, on the edge of the estate (2015). Other developments have included renovation of the school dining halls and kitchens (2009), fitness suite (2010), staff common room (2011), sports pavilion (2012) and science department (2015).