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Tucked away in the corner of the vast Bedford School campus, one of the biggest plusses of this prep is unfettered access to the wealth of facilities of its big brother school. Parents report that boys are ‘pushed’ academically, ‘but never at the cost of a more all-rounded education’ and that ‘learning is brought alive’ at every opportunity. The well-equipped science labs are packed with so many creatures (animal care is one of the most popular clubs) that it was almost another ...  

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Headmaster

Since 2013, Ian Silk (40s). Previously deputy head of Bishop's Stortford Prep School and former housemaster at Ardingly College. An English and drama specialist, brims with enthusiasm about all aspects of the school – most particularly the spectacular theatre shared with the upper school and the town.

There aren’t too many heads we meet who kicked off their career in Buckingham Palace (he was in the office that organised the re-opening after the fire); also unusually, he had a marketing stint with the London Philharmonic Orchestra. But it was teaching (which he’d done briefly in Greece) and his love of English that really floated his boat, leading him to top up his English degree from Lancaster with a PGCE at Worcester.

Quite the biggest ears we’ve ever seen....

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