Bedford Borough Council is going through a process of changing
to a predominantly 2 tier system of primary and secondary
schools. Children normally begin their primary education at a
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.
Some children will transfer at 9+ (the end of Year 4)
to a local middle school and
then at 13+ (end of Year 8) to a local upper
school. However, many children will
transfer at 11+ (end of year 6) to a secondary school. All
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.
Ofsted (opens in new window) Inspection
reports can be seen via this link.
School admissions contacts