Schools, Colleges and Places of Education
Central Bedfordshire is the only Local Education Authority with an exclusively three-tier structure. The three tier structure consists of:
- Lower School for Ages 5 to 9
- Middle School for Ages 9 to 13
- Upper School for Ages 13 to 18+
The Harpur Trust, an education charity, funding independent schooling in Bedford was established in 1566 using the legacy of Sir William Harpur. Bedford School (for boys) was established initally, followed by Bedford Modern School (for boys), Bedford High School (for girls) and The Bedford Girls Modern School, later renamed The Dame Alice Harpur School.
For over 400 years the charity has been “inspiring and supporting the people of Bedford to help them improve their lives, to have pride in their community and to realise their own potential”. More information can be found at www.harpurtrust.org.
Recently, Bedford Modern School became co-educational and Bedford High School and The Dame Alice Harpur School were merged to form Bedford Girls’ School.
The 21st century saw the establishment of the De Montfort University in Bedford. Formerly Bedford PE College, and then expanding to other disciplines, the university has many campus sites across the town.
Harpur Trust Schools
Bedford Modern School – for girls and boys
Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7NT
Bedford School – for boys
De Parys Avenue, Bedford MK40 2TU
Bedford School is an HMC independent school for boys located in the county town of Bedford in England. Mentioned in the Domesday Book of 1086 and re-founded in 1552, it is the oldest of four independent schools in Bedford run by the Trust.
Bedford Girls School – for girls
Cardington Road, Bedford MK42 0BX
Bedford Girls’ School is an independent day school for girls aged 7-18, and is operated by the Harpur Trust.
Other Independent Schools
Pilgrims School Pre prep
Brickhill Drive, Bedford, MK41 7QZ
Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School is an independent school for children aged 3 months to 7 years in Bedford, Bedfordshire.
45 Lansdowne Road, Bedford MK40 2BU
Polam School is an independent pre-preparatory and nursery school, situated in the Harpur area of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.
58–60 Shakespeare Road.
Rushmoor School is an independent day school, located in the Harpur area of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. It is coeducational from ages 3–11 then boys only from 12–16.
St Andrews School
St Andrews School, is a co-educational independent day school in the town of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. St Andrews educates girls aged 3–16 and boys aged
3–9. It was founded in 1896 as a school for the daughters of gentlemen.
Balliol Lower School
Bedford Road Lower School, Kempston
Brickhill Lower School, Brickhill, Bedford
Broadmead Lower School, Stewartby
Bromham V.C. Lower School
Bromham VC Lower School, Bromham
Camestone Lower School
Carlton VC Lower School, Carlton
Castle Lower School
Castle Lower School
Cauldwell School, Cauldwell
Cople Lower School, Cople
Cotton End Primary School, Cotton End
Edith Cavell Lower School, Harpur, Bedford
Eileen Wade Lower School, Upper Dean
Elstow School, Elstow
Goldington Green Lower School, Goldington, Bedford
Great Barford Lower School, Great Barford
Great Denham Primary School, Great Denham
Harrold Lower School, Harrold
Hazeldene Lower School, Putnoe, Bedford
John Gibbard Lower School, Sharnbrook
Kempston Rural Lower School, Kempston Rural
King’s Oak Primary School, Kingsbrook, Bedford
Kymbrook Lower School, Keysoe Row
Lakeview School, Wixams
Livingstone Lower School, Harpur, Bedford
Milton Ernest Lower School, Milton Ernest
Oakley Lower School, Oakley
Pinchmill Lower School, Felmersham
Priory Lower School, Castle, Bedford
Putnoe Primary School, Putnoe Bedford
Queens Park Academy, Queens Park, Bedford
Ravensden VA Lower School, Ravensden
Renhold VC Lower School, Renhold
Riseley VA Lower School, Riseley
Roxton VA Lower School, Roxton
Scott Lower School, Brickhill, Bedford
Shackleton Primary School, Cauldwell, Bedford
Shortstown Primary School, Shortstown
Springfield Lower School, Kempston
St James VA Lower School, Biddenham
St John Rigby RC Primary School, De Parys, Bedford
St Joseph’s RC Lower School, Queens Park, Bedford
St Lawrence VA Lower School, Wymington
The Hills Academy, Putnoe, Bedford
Thurleigh Lower School, Thurleigh
Turvey Lower School, Turvey
Ursula Taylor VC Lower School, Clapham
Wilden VA Lower School, Wilden
Willington Lower School, Willington
Wilstead Lower School, Wilstead
Wootton Lower School, Wootton
Beauchamp Middle School
De Parys, Bedford
Harrold Priory Middle School
Lincroft Middle School
Margaret Beaufort Middle School
Newnham Middle School
De Parys, Bedford
Robert Bruce Middle School
St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Middle School
Westfield Middle School
Queens Park, Bedford
Mile Road, Bedford MK42 9TR
Bedford Academy is a state funded independent school initially for students aged 13 to 18 but will become an 11-18 school within a few years.
Bedford Free School
Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AD
A Free School is an independent, state-funded school set up by members of the community who are determined to make a positive difference to the educational landscape.
Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, MK41 8PX
Mark Rutherford School is an 11-19 school in the northern part of Bedford, with approximately 1250 students on roll.
Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College
Odell Road, Sharnbrook, Bedfordshire, MK44 1JL
Sharnbrook Upper School and Community College is a rural 13-19 comprehensive Foundation School that was opened in purpose-built facilities in September 1975
St Thomas More Catholic Upper School
Tyne Crescent, Bedford, MK41 7UL
Wootton Upper School
Hall End Road, Wootton, Bedford, MK43 9HT
Wootton Upper School and Arts College is an academy operated by
Wootton Academy Trust
Colleges, Sixth Forms and Higher Education
The University of Bedfordshire
A public university in England with campuses in Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire, England. The university was created in August 2006 following approval by the Privy Council by merging the University of Luton and the Bedford campus of De Montfort University.
At the University of Bedfordshire, whichever campus joined, it is an exceptional place to study.
From guest speaker events and masterclasses, to industry visits and internships, courses have a strong focus to enrich knowledge and skills set; providing a well-rounded and memorable experience that will last long after graduation day.
Bedford, Bedfordshire, England
Bedford College is a further education college located in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England. It is the principal further education provider in the Borough of Bedford
Stella Mann College of Performing Arts
Stella Mann College of Performing Arts is an independent, co-educational performing arts school and college specialising in dance and musical theatre.
Bedfordshire Adult Learning and Skills Service
Bedfordshire Adult Learning and Skills Service provides opportunities for adults to get involved in learning within their community, with a wide range of programmes on offer including maths, English, IT, employability training, sector specific training and Family Learning.
In particular, we aim to work with people who have not achieved a level 2 (or equivalent) qualification and/or are unemployed.
There are a wide range of opportunities available to progress onto higher level learning and / or work.
REC The Retirement Education Centre
6 Rothsay Gardens Bedford MK40 3QB
The Retirement Education Centre is a Registered Charity dedicated to providing educational, social and recreational opportunities for anyone 50 and over and not in full-time employment – offering weekend, summer and evening courses to anyone aged 18 or over.
The Centre offers a diverse range of courses and activities and an array of opportunities and social events to indulge in, such as organised visits to places of interest, theatre trips, an annual holiday and our Quiz night, and others to keep fit, such as Rambling.
Halsey Road Kempston Bedford MK42 8AU
Grange Academy is a Special School which caters for up to 150 pupils between the ages of 7-16 years with Moderate Learning Difficulties. It specialises in the development of Cognition and Learning within this pupil Group. Grange also caters for students with more complex needs. There is provision in a dedicated unit for eighteen students who have Autistic Spectrum Conditions. Pupils within the ASC unit are included within the main school for part or all of their day in order to access the National Curriculum. In 2005 and 2008 Grange was described by Ofsted as “an outstanding school that provides a really good education.” In 2012 it was deemed to be “good with outstanding features.
Hill Rise, Kempston, Bedford, MK42 7EB
Ridgeway School holds a unique position within Bedford Borough. It is the only all-age school, (ages between 3 and 19 years) providing education for pupils with physical disabilities and/ or medical conditions and associated learning and communication difficulties. Recently, the site has benefited from a new building for Post-16 provision, which is intended for young people up to the age of 25.
St. John’s Special School and College
Bedford Road, Bedford, MK42 8AA
St. John’s Special School and College provides a supportive and happy environment through which the pupils, professionals and parents achieve together.