Bedford Modern School

We are a forward-looking and rapidly developing school, which has a long history and flourishes on the challenge of integrating the best of the new within a tried and trusted culture of success.

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    Bedford Modern School

    Bedford Modern School is an acknowledged centre of excellence. We are proud of our academic standards, our wide range of cultural and sporting opportunities and our exceptionally caring pastoral structure. Our greatest “value-added” factors are not so much in the excellent examination results the students achieve, but also the confidence and self esteem a Bedford Modern education imparts. Our students will leave us able to stride confidently into a world where their talents will be recognised and fulfilled. Pastoral care of the individual is at the heart of what we are as a School and pupils are happy here because there is a common sense of being involved, supported and successful. Bedford Modern School marked ten years of co-education in 2013 and celebrated its 250th anniversary in 2014

    Category: Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Day

    Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational

    Roll: 716 Boys / 573 Girls

    Age Range: 7-18 Years

    Founded: 1764

    Location Description

    40 acres of grounds, north of Bedford on A6.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Alex Tate

    Contact for enquiries:Pauline Heappey, Admissions Manager

    Manton Lane, Bedford, Bedfordshire

    Tel: 01234 332500



    Bedford Modern School occupies a 40 acre wooded site encompassing a Junior School, Senior School and Sixth Form building together with playing fields and swimming pool. The School boasts an impressive and diverse range of facilities to complement the progressive and specialist teaching staff. A new state-of-the-art Science Centre opened in September 2017.


    We offer a number of academic bursaries each year as well as specialist subject-specific awards in Design Technology and IT (ADIT), Performance Arts, Music and Sport. All applicants must pass the entry assessment and for subject-specific awards additional entry requirements apply. Bursaries are means tested and early registration is recommended.

    Entrance Requirements

    Assessments take place in January each year and involve a mixture of written and computerised tests together with interviews. Entry into the sixth form is based on GCSE results, where an average of a B grade or 6 across all examinations taken is required, together with interviews. Taster days are also offered.



    Sixth Form: £14,443 per annum.

    Senior School: £14,443 per annum.

    Junior School: £10,528 per term.





    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    BMS in Action Morning: Wednesday 22 Sep 2021 - Time: 9:30 am

    Junior School Information Evening: Wednesday 29 Sep 2021 - Time: 6:45 pm

    Sixth Form Information Evening: Wednesday 6 Oct 2021 - Time: 6:30 pm

    Open Day: Saturday 6 Nov 2021 - Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

    BMS in Action Morning – See BMS during a normal school day. Hear from the Headmaster and other key members of staff, have your questions answered and get to know the School in more detail.  To book, please complete our online form here.

    Junior School Information Evening – The perfect opportunity to find out about life in the Junior School, hear from the Head of Junior School and former students, and speak to current parents and other members of staff.  To book, please complete our online form here.

    Sixth Form Information Evening – View the impressive facilities and discover the wealth of opportunities on offer in our Sixth Form. Hear from the Director of Sixth Form and key teaching staff, and have the chance to discuss A Level options with current students.  To book, please complete our online form here.

    Open Day – Morning Session: 10am-12 noon, Afternoon Session: 1pm-3pm

    Our annual Open Day is a fantastic way to get a feel for what BMS has to offer. Listen to talks from both the Headmaster and the Head of the Junior School, join our students on a tour around the School and have your questions answered by members of staff.

    For further details about visiting Bedford Modern School, please email Pauline Heappey, Admissions Manager or telephone 01234 332690.


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