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Sport has always been the lifeblood of Bedford. And while the trophy cabinets are bursting at the seams for all sports from rugby and cricket to rowing and golf, the overall ethos is far from elitist. ‘Academic without being pressurised,’ thought parent. Good to see chalk and talk widely replaced by more stimulating, interactive approaches, eg we saw one class experimenting with guppies to see if they can recognise colour. Boys are a delight, their trademark being an ability to mix with any age group with an easy, understated confidence. Parents range from old money right through to...

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A Bedford School boy has the opportunity to excel at many things, from sport to culture, to the academic subjects. We believe that a complete and balanced education produces fully rounded boys. From age 7 to 18, its a continuity of education that enriches, and prepares them for a full and rewarding adult life.

Bedford School has an established reputation for academic excellence, and is known for its strength in music, the arts and sport. Boys join a lively community of day boys, weekly and full boarders, all of whom enjoy outstanding facilities and a full social life. Facilities are virtually unrivalled and our highly qualified teaching staff are selected on their ability to communicate and inspire.
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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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Head master

Since 2014, James Hodgson, educated at Wellington College and Durham (classics) before being scooped up on the milk round by Ernst and Young and spending a couple of years as a trainee accountant. In his 20s, a cricketer hovering around the fringes of the professional game (and uninspired by the world of finance), he wrote to Cambridge on the off-chance of a late place on its PGCE course and turned up trumps, meaning he could pursue his long-term ambition of running a boarding house as well as playing regular top-class cricket, ultimately earning a blue.

Spent six years teaching in Sydney before joining Tonbridge School as boarding housemaster and director of admissions. Latterly senior deputy head of Magdalen College School, Oxford. Oft told story is how he fell for Bedford...

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Special Education Needs

Academic Support Bedford School provides a range of academic support to students with specific learning difficulties.Specific classroom support strategies are devised for these students which teachers use in the classroom to help them. Specialist teachers are available to support students in supervised prep sessions after school in the library, and there are a range of academic clinics in different subjects available to students weekly. Some students may also be entitled to Access Arrangements like extra time and/or word processors in exams. The school can also provide specialist 1:1 tuition in study skills to students who want to improve their academic performance. This includes support for students with specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. These lessons are usually timetabled in a non-teaching period, during lunchtimes or before or after school. The lessons are charged for as disbursements and details of the current fees are on the school website. English as a Second Language (ESL) Students for whom English is not their first language often need additional support (and acceptance of this is usually a condition of entry to Bedford school). For these boys the Academic Support Department provides specialised help in English for academic purposes which includes: • reading and listening skills • improving grammatical accuracy and lexical range • developing the academic writing process • planning and proofreading techniques for coursework across all subjects • preparing and delivering presentations The number of lessons per week depends on each student’s ability in English in terms of his reading, writing, listening and speaking, and also according to his academic progress in his subjects. Boys receive up to four weekly lessons, depending on their individual needs. This is reviewed half-termly by the Academic Support Department and in consultation with their subject teachers. Lessons take place in dedicated classrooms, are taught by experienced ESL teachers, and the boys have access to a range of resources and multimedia to help them progress. Boys who receive English Language support are required to pay additional fees which are determined by the number of lessons per week, and whether they are one to one or small group sessions. Details of the current fees can be found on the school website. In addition to individual and small group ESL support as detailed above, we also provide the following: • an alternative language and literature curriculum in year 9, tailored to the needs of ESL boys whose academic language skills are still developing • preparation for IGCSE English as a Second Language in years 10 (Removes) and 11 (Fifth Form) • preparation for IELTS (International English Language Testing System), usually required for UK university entrance, in years 12 and 13 (Sixth Form)

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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