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Schools and Colleges

Bedford Borough Council predominantly operates a three tier system of education however, there are some areas within the Borough where a 2 tier scheme is in operation. Children normally begin their primary education at a lower/primary school which serves the area where they live i.e. the school serving the local catchment area. Children are normally admitted to lower/primary school at the start of or during the Reception year, that is the school year in which they become 5. Many schools also have nursery units or nursery classes for younger children.

Children normally transfer at 9+ (the end of Year 4) to the middle school serving the local catchment area and then at 13+ (end of Year 8) to the catchment area upper school.  However, there are some areas where some children will transfer at 11+ (end of year 6) to a secondary school.  All upper schools have a 6th form and pupils may remain at the school up to the age of 18 or 19 years. 

At present there is information for school based staff on the  Secure Area for schools  (login required) site.

The Council also provides buy-back services to Academies and Free schools.  To assist you with your enquiry about these services, phone 01234 718121 or e-mail AcademyServices@bedford.gov.uk

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Education and Learning

Raising the level of academic achievement is a top priority for the council. We will ensure the effective delivery of our services so we can improve the life chances for children and young people. Check out this section to find out about Learning centres, schools, special education needs and more.