Bedford Borough Council predominantly operates a three tier
system of education. Children normally begin their primary
education at a lower
school which serves the area where they live
i.e. the school serving the local catchment area. Children are
normally admitted to lower 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. All upper
schools have a 6th form and pupils may remain
at the school up to the age of 18 or 19 years.
Parents have a right to express a preference for a school which is
not within the catchment area, but
places can only be offered if there is space available. If the
number of requests for places at a school exceeds the number of
places available, places will be allocated in accordance with the
Admissions Criteria for that school.
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School admissions contacts