Bedford Modern School
贝德福德现代中学, Manton Lane, Bedford MK41 7NT
Tel: 01234 332500 Fax: 01234 332550
• CO-ED, 7–18 Day
• Pupils 1170, Upper sixth 160
• Termly fees £1987–£2786 (Day)
• HMC, IAPS
• Enquiries/applications to the Registrar
What it’s like
One of the Harpur Trust schools of Bedford, sharing in the endowment made to
Bedford by Sir William Harpur in 1566. In 1974 the school moved to entirely new
buildings on the northern outskirts of the town. The school is in the process of
becoming co-educational, having admitted girls from 2003. It is a 45-acre wooded
hill site with spacious playing fields. The school is extremely well equipped in
every respect and includes sophisticated facilities for sport and technology, a
dedicated sixth-form centre and junior school development. Academic standards
are high and examination results very good. Strong in music, drama and sport and
a wide variety of clubs and activities. A flourishing school with strong local
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Total age range 7–18; 1170 pupils (girls admitted from
2003). Senior department 11–19, 945 pupils.
Entrance: Main entry ages 7–13 and 16. Common Entrance and own entrance
exam used; for sixth-form entry, 5 GCSEs at least grade C (grade B in sixth-form
subjects). No special skills or religious requirements. 60% of intake at 11 from
state schools (plus few to sixth form).
Scholarships, bursaries & extras 4+ exhibitions, value £250–£1500 for
art (sixth form), music, drama and sport. Also means-tested bursaries (many for
Bedfordshire residents). Parents not expected to buy textbooks; lunch for day
pupils and music tuition extra.
Head & staff
Headmaster: Stephen Smith, appointed 1996. Educated at Loughborough
Grammar School and Oxford University (history, education). Previously Deputy
Head of Birkenhead School and Head of History at Loughborough Grammar.
Teaching staff: 84 full time, 2 part time. Annual turnover 5%. Average
GCSE: In 2003, 139 pupils in Year 11; 96% gained at least grade C in 9 +
subjects. Average GCSE score 61 (60 over 5 years).
A-levels: 102 in upper sixth; 100% passed in 2+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 352.
University & college entrance 87% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course, 6% to Oxbridge. 37% in science & engineering, 38% in
humanities & social sciences, 15% in economics & business, 10% in IT subjects.
Others typically go on to non-degree courses or into careers eg banking.
Curriculum GCSE, AS and A-levels. 27 AS/A-level subjects.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, AS-level general studies an option. 30% take science A-levels; 30%
arts/humanities; 40% both.
Special provision: Some provision for non-native English speakers and for
students with learning difficulties.
Languages: French, German and Spanish offered to GCSE, AS and A-level.
Regular exchanges to France and Germany. Close links with schools in Alzey,
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject and across the curriculum. 200
computers for pupil use (8 hours a day), all networked and with e-mail and
Music: Up to 40% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams
can be taken. Some 27 musical groups including orchestras, school band, wind,
dance bands, woodwind, brass quintets, jazz etc.
Drama: Drama offered. GCSE expressive arts and A-level theatre studies
may be taken. Many pupils are involved in school productions. Community drama
Art & design: On average, 30 take GCSE, 10 A-level. Design, pottery,
printing, photography, textiles also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, cricket compulsory to age 13+, also athletics. Optional:
rowing, water polo, table tennis, hockey, football, cross-country, shooting,
badminton, squash. Sixth form only: golf, croquet, sailing. GCSE, RLSS, RYA
exams may be taken. International table tennis representatives; rugby, county
and regional reps at U16, U18.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. CCF and community service optional. Up to 30 clubs, eg badminton, squash,
water polo, debating, chess; subject-based societies and activities.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy and head girl,
appointed by the Headmaster after consultation with staff and sixth form.
Religion: multi-cultural assemblies (compulsory for those not
Social: Debates, concerts, plays with other local schools. About 15
organised trips abroad each year, including French and German exchanges. Sixth
form allowed to bring own car/bike/motorbike to school. Meals cafeteria-style.
School shop. No tobacco or alcohol allowed.
Alumni association is run by Richard Wildman, c/o the School.
Former pupils Keith Speed MP; R E G Jeeps (rugby); Vice Admiral Sir
Ted Horlick; Major General Keith Burch; Richard Janko (Professor of Classics,
University of Los Angeles); Sir Nicholas Lloyd (former Editor Daily Express);
Christopher Fry; Tim Foster (rowing).