Headmaster’s Welcome

Mr Hall HeadWelcome to Bedford Modern School which is in many ways a unique independent school – an unpretentious environment for boys and girls aged 7 – 18.  We are a very open community, where focus on the individual pervades the ethos. 

The boys and girls work well together and gain much from sharing different perspectives and approaches to learning and developing life skills.  The busy school environment encourages students to be fully committed and involved in all activities.  The School has a national reputation for excellence in the performing arts, as well as being current and past national champions in several different sports.

Our priority is the happiness of the students – happy because there is a common sense of being involved, supported and successful.  The happy child is likely to be the most fulfilled, and we want students above all to enjoy their time with us.  Learning itself should be challenging and stimulating. We are unashamedly demanding in our academic standards; expecting to add value in all that we do.  Our curriculum is planned from age 7 through to age 18 and is extremely flexible, allowing the typical student personal and academic breadth: to be able to study traditional subjects with more recent and credible additions.  In the Junior School, the form teacher leads the majority of the teaching ensuring the children are properly nurtured.

Pastoral care of the individual is at the heart of what we are as a School.  Our Common Rooms (from Year 7 upwards) give a unique feel to our day school and provide a warm environment in which to make friends.  The relationship with the family is crucial and it is this triangle of respect which we seek to develop and nurture: school-student-family.  The School is central and committed to its local community: offering resources, facilities, time and expertise where it is needed most.

The School is committed to broadening access through our Bursary scheme and enhancing our multi-cultural and socially mixed community, and, as such, we learn to respect and support one another.  We value the quality of our continued relationship with our alumni and this investment in our wider community is invariably repaid by the generosity of OBMs when they are invited to support our current students.  Friendships which develop are long-lasting and relationships between staff and students are warm and natural.  With a 250 year history, our 21st Century co-educational provision ensures that students are fully prepared for the modern world.  The School benefits from being part of The Harpur Trust, with its long established place within the town.

The School boasts an impressive and diverse range of facilities to complement the progressive and specialist teaching staff.  With a total of 1,200 students, a thriving Junior School and dynamic and successful Sixth Form, the School finds itself in a strong position.  That said the School must develop and evolve; capital development, sensitive to all in harmony with the environment is imperative for our future success.  Our fee strategy is competitive, balancing the most cost effective operation whilst optimising the educational provision. We have a bold Vision, supported by a clear set of Strategic Aims and a measurable Implementation Plan.

Mr M Hall