Science Centre

From September 2017 our students began to use the new multi-million-pound Science Centre which is by far the most significant capital investment in the School’s history. It is an exceptional teaching and learning environment which will inspire countless young scientists for many years to come.

Key features:

  • Separate floors house each discipline: Biology, Chemistry and Physics
  • A central learning atrium provides a flexible teaching and display area
  • 17 multi-discipline laboratories are sized to accommodate up to 24 pupils each with ample storage and preparation space located close to them
  • Opportunities abound to incorporate the very latest in modern technology
  • The environment is calm, light, airy and conducive to learning
  • The use of cutting-edge design and construction standards make the building itself a stimulus for learning.

Rutherford Building

The Rutherford Building Is home to our Refectory and Sixth Form Centre. The recently-refurbished Refectory is used by all year groups, and is open at break and lunch times. Our caterers, Holroyd Howe, provide well balanced, healthy and appealing food using seasonal, fresh ingredients from local suppliers.

Our state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre has been designed to support our students during this all-important transitional phase of education. The centre includes Sixth Form specific teaching rooms, a computer room, a café and a modern lounge.


Art and Design Technology

Our Art and Design Technology faculty contains:

  • Well-equipped art studios
  • Specialist dark room with black and white and digital photography equipment
  • Ceramics studio and kiln
  • Dedicated departmental library
  • Three specialist design suites
  • An electronics room
  • A DT lab with spacious workshop with a range of machinery used in association with woods, metals and plastics.

There are also opportunities for students to use Computer Aided Design (CAD) packages in the form of Solid works, 2D designer, and circuit wizard depending on the subject option students choose. The department is well resourced with Computer Aided Manufacture machinery available for students to then manufacture their final products and 3D prototypes.  This includes the use of CNC milling machines, laser cutters and 3D printing machines.


Music and Dance

Our music faculty contains well-equipped classrooms with piano, interactive whiteboard, and relevant audio facilities. Each class has access to a range of classroom percussion equipment, guitars and keyboards.

Twenty-seven peripatetic VMTs instrumental and vocal teaching staff teach in 13 practice rooms, one recording studio and a live room.

A computer suite with 12 Apple Mac computers with Logic Pro and Sibelius software to aid composition.

Drama Room 1 is a large space adjoining the Howard Hall and the Music Faculty. It is used for classroom drama, as a rehearsal room and peripatetic Dance Lessons and contains a comprehensive sound system, video projection facilities, a mirrored wall and ballet bar.


The Howard HALL

The Howard Hall is a large and flexible space which forms the centrepiece of the school’s Performing Arts area. It features:

  • Comprehensive lighting rig and sound system
  • Seating which can also be curtained off to create an atmospheric events area
  • Adjoining the theatre is a large scenery workshop, green room, prop and costume store and dressing facilities.

LIBRARY Resource centre

The LRC houses a large collection of material which supports the students’ academic and leisure activities. The collection is constantly being updated and includes books, magazines, e-books and online resources.


The Main School

In 1974 BMS moved to its purpose-built premises on Manton Lane. The main school is home to the faculties of English, Maths, Humanities (Geography, History and RS) and Languages (French, Spanish, German and Classics), as well as Common Rooms for Year 7-11.


The Junior School

There are 249 boys and girls in this busy and thriving school but we consider them all as individuals with none more important than the other. Our caring and supportive ethos ensures that children will quickly flourish as we help them explore their talents to the full and look to develop their potential.

Bedford Modern Junior School is a friendly, happy environment where children enjoy excellent, enthusiastic teaching in first class surroundings.

Our spacious modern buildings include light and airy classrooms alongside specialist rooms for Art, Music, Design Technology, Science and ICT. A splendid newly refurbished library with a great range of books is a much used resource and our most recent extension includes the striking Christopher Fry Hall as well as additional classrooms and offices. Our youngest pupils benefit from a specially designated Year 3 suite of classrooms and their own playground to help them settle in swiftly and feel at home.


School HOUSE

Speech and Drama is taught at School House – away from the hustle and bustle of the main School. Several teaching rooms are available as well as a small library of play-scripts.

The School’s historical archive is also housed in School House and contains records relating to the history of the school dating from the nineteenth century to the present day, in various formats.



BMS enjoys varied and significant sports facilities and currently boast the following:

  • Large sports hall with climbing wall – accommodating 5 badminton courts
  • Fitness Centre
  • 2 floodlit Netball courts
  • Floodlit All-Weather Area (56 x 30m)
  • Floodlit Astroturf (90x60m)
  • Small gym with fixed gymnastic equipment
  • Boathouse with 34 boats and a weight training/ testing facility
  • Indoor Rowing Training Suite
  • Field Changing Rooms and Large Function Suite


Our flexible playing fields can accommodate up to 12 individual pitches and also include artificial and grass cricket nets.



A 3D map of our swimming pool can be viewed here.



The recently-refurbished King Room provides the perfect space for match-day hospitality and catering.



A 3D map of our cricket pavilion can be viewed here.