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School Catchment Areas

Most schools in our area have a catchment area policy, which means that there will be a lower, primary, middle, secondary and upper school which serves the area in which you live.  Some of the catchment areas cross the local authority boundaries i.e. a Central Bedfordshire home address could be in the catchment area for a school in Bedford Borough.  For this reason the catchment area information covers some areas of Central Bedfordshire as well as Bedford Borough. 

 

If you would like to know the school for the area in which you live please see the Gazetteer below.

 

In addition we have created a set of maps for each school's catchment area.  Please click on this link to view maps


There are a number of Faith Schools which do not serve a designated catchment area.

Please note that we cannot guarantee you a place at your catchment area school if the admission number has been reached.

If you are moving into the area and would like to discuss your child's admission into school, please contact the School Admissions Service, telephone 01234 718120 or email: admissions@bedford.gov.uk

 

Key:

BBC = Bedford Borough Council

CBC = Central Bedfordshire Council

Towns and Villages

Below are listed Towns and Villages in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. To find the catchment area school, please click on the link in the section directly below to take you to the town or village. Where there are a number of schools within the community there will be a link to provide further information.

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S-Z

 

Town or Village

Local Authority Area

Lower Phase

Middle Phase

Upper Phase

Bedford

BBC

Link to Bedford

Link to Bedford

Link to Bedford

Begwary

BBC

Wilden

Alban, Great Barford

Mark Rutherford, Bedford

Biddenham

(With exception of schools on Biddenham Turn which are not in parish of Biddenham)

BBC

St James

Robert Bruce, Kempston

Biddenham

Bletsoe

(With the exception of Crossways Farmhouse, which is in the parish of Sharnbrook)

BBC

Riseley

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Blunham

CBC

John Donne

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

Bolnhurst & Keysoe

BBC

Kymbrook

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Bourne End

CBC

Cranfield

Holywell, Cranfield

Wootton

Bromham

(With the exception of some properties on Box End Road, which are in parish of Kempston Rural)

BBC

Bromham VC

Robert Bruce, Kempston or Lincroft, Oakley 

Biddenham or Sharnbrook (from September 2013)

Cardington

(With the exception of Summerhill House, Meadow Lane, treat as Bedford)

BBC

Shortstown

Year 5 - Shortstown

Years 6,7 and 8 - Harrowden

 

but from September 2014

Years 5 & 6 - Shortstown

Years 7 & 8 - Bedford Academy

Bedford Academy

Carlton & Chellington

BBC

Carlton

Harrold Priory, Harrold

Sharnbrook

Chalton (Near Moggerhanger)

CBC

Moggerhanger

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

Chawston

BBC

Roxton

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

Chellington

BBC

Carlton

Harrold Priory, Harrod

Sharnbrook

Clapham

(With the exception of some properties on Clapham Road which are Bedford.  Also, Brownswood Farm which is in parish of Oakley and properties in Twinwoods which are parish of Milton Ernest)

BBC

Ursula Taylor, Clapham

Lincroft, Oakley

Sharnbrook

Colesden

BBC

Roxton

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

Colmworth

(With the exception of Millfield Cottage and Berrywoods Farm which are in parish of Little Staughton.  Also, Orchard Cottage which is in parish of Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden)

BBC

Wilden

Alban, Great Barford

Mark Rutherford, Bedford

Cople

BBC

Cople

Abbey, Bedford

but from September 2014

Alban, Great Barford 

Bedford Academy

Cotton End

BBC

Cotton End

Year 5 - Cotton End

Years 6,7 and 8 - Harrowden

 

but from September 2014

Years 5 & 6 - Cotton End

Years 7 & 8 - Bedford Academy

Bedford Academy

Cranfield

CBC

Cranfield

Holywell, Cranfield

Wootton

Dean & Shelton

BBC

Eileen Wade, Upper Dean

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Duloe

BBC

Wilden

Alban, Great Barford

but from September 2014

Alban or Margaret Beaufort

 

Sandy

but from September 2014

Sandy  or Sharnbrook

 


Town or Village

Local Authority Area

Lower School

Middle School

Upper School

Eastcotts

BBC

Cotton End or Shortstown

Year 5 - Cotton End or Shortstown

Years 6,7 and 8 - Harrowden

 

but from September 2014

Years 5 & 6 - Cotton End or Shortstown 

Years 7 & 8 - Bedford Academy

Bedford Academy

Eaton Socon (Cambs)

(Only Cobholden Cottage/Farm and the Two Brewers are in parish of Staploe, despite having addresses in Eaton Socon which is Cambs)

BBC

Wilden

Alban, Great Barford Sandy

Elstow

BBC

Elstow

Year 5 - Elstow

Years 6,7 and 8 - Harrowden

 

but from September 2014

Years 5 & 6 - Elstow

Years 7 & 8 - Bedford Academy

Bedford Academy

Farndish

BBC

Christopher Reeves, Podington

Harrold Priory

Sharnbrook

Felmersham

BBC

Pinchmill

Lincroft, Oakley

Sharnbrook

Great Barford

BBC

Great Barford

Alban

Sandy

Great Denham

BBC

Link to
Great Denham

Link to
Great Denham

Link to
Great Denham

Hail Weston (Cambs)

(Only Sharp's Barn and Sharpes House are in parish of Staploe, although have address in Hail Weston, which is Cambs)

BBC Wilden Alban Sandy

Hargrave (Northants)

(Only Mill View Farm which is in parish of Dean & Shelton, although address is Hargrave, which is Northants)

BBC Eileen Wade Margaret Beaufort Sharnbrook

Harrold

BBC

Harrold

Harrold Priory

Sharnbrook

Harrowden

BBC

Shortstown

Year 5 - Shortstown

Years 6,7 and 8 - Harrowden

 

but from September 2014

Years 5 & 6 - Shortstown

Years 7 & 8 - Bedford Academy

Bedford Academy

Hatch End

BBC

Kymbrook

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Hinwick

BBC

Christopher Reeves, Podington

Harrold Priory

Sharnbrook

Holywell

BBC

Wilden

Alban, Great Barford

Mark Rutherford, Bedford

Honeydon

BBC

Wilden

Alban, Great Barford

but from September 2014

Alban or Margaret Beaufort

 

Mark Rutherford, Bedford

but from September 2014

Mark Rutherford  or Sharnbrook

 

Houghton Conquest

CBC

Houghton Conquest

Marston Vale, Stewartby

Wootton

Kempston

BBC

Link to Kempston

Link to Kempston

Hastingsbury

Kempston Hardwick

(With the exception of Cowbridge Cottage, Ampthill Road, Kempston Hardwick, which is in Kempston gazetteer and Kiln Road, Chimney Corner and Travellers Site are in Broadmead Lower catchment)

BBC

 

 

Houghton Conquest

Marston Vale, Stewartby

Wootton

Keysoe

BBC

Kymbrook

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Keysoe Row

BBC

Kymbrook

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Knotting & Souldrop

BBC

John Gibbard, Sharnbrook

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook


Town or Village

Local Authority Area

Lower School

Middle School

Upper School

Lidlington

CBC

Thomas Johnson

Marston Vale, Stewartby

Wootton

Little Barford

BBC

Roxton

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

Little Barford - Little End

Cambs

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Little Staughton

(With the exception of Basmead Barns, Moor Road (PE19 5BJ) which is in parish of Staploe)

BBC

Kymbrook

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Lower Dean

BBC

Eileen Wade, Upper Dean

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Lower Shelton

CBC

Link to Marston

Marston Vale, Stewartby

Wootton

Marston

CBC

Link to Marston

Marston Vale

Wootton

Marston Moretaine

CBC

Link to Marston

Marston Vale

Wootton

Melchbourne

BBC

Riseley

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Milton Ernest

(With the exception of Coombelands Park which is in parish of Bletsoe)

BBC

Milton Ernest

Lincroft, Oakley

Sharnbrook

Moggerhanger

(With the exception of Willowhill Cottages, Bedford Road, Moggerhanger which are BBC and in parish of Willington)

CBC

Moggerhanger

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

Oakley

BBC

Oakley

Lincroft

Sharnbrook

Odell

BBC

Harrold, Harrold

Harrold Priory

Sharnbrook

Pavenham

BBC

Pinchmill, Felmersham

Lincroft, Oakley

Sharnbrook

Pertenhall

BBC

Riseley

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Podington (Including Hinwick)

BBC

Christopher Reeves

Harrold Priory, Harrold

Sharnbrook

Radwell

BBC

Pinchmill, Felmersham

Lincroft, Oakley

Sharnbrook

Ravensden (excluding Glenrose Avenue, Wagstaffe Close, Cleat Hill and Woodlands Park - see Bedford)

BBC

Ravensden

Alban, Great Barford

Mark Rutherford, Bedford

Renhold (excluding the developments off Norse Road - see Bedford)

However, from September 2013 the Norse Road developments have been included in Alban Academy's catchment area.

BBC

Renhold

Alban, Great Barford

Mark Rutherford, Bedford

Riseley

BBC

Riseley

Margaret Beaufort

Sharnbrook

Roxton

BBC

Roxton

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

 

Town or Village

Local Authority Area

Lower School

Middle School

Upper School

Sharnbrook

(With the exception of Chettles Close, which is in parish of Bletsoe.  Also, Glebe Farm, Odell Road which is in parish of Odell)

BBC

John Gibbard

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Shelton & Dean

BBC

Eileen Wade, Upper Dean

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Shelton (Near Marston)

CBC

Link to Marston

Marston Vale, Stewartby

Wootton

Shortstown

BBC

Shortstown

Year 5 - Shortstown

Years 6,7 and 8 - Harrowden

 

but from September 2014

Years 5 & 6 - Shortstown Years 7 & 8 - Bedford Academy

Bedford Academy

Souldrop (& Knotting)

BBC

John Gibbard, Sharnbrook

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Stagsden

(With the exception of Mount Pleasant Farm/Grange which are in the parish of Turvey)

BBC

Bromham VC

Robert Bruce, Kempston or Lincroft, Oakley

Biddenham or Sharnbrook (from September 2013)

Staploe

BBC

Wilden

Alban, Great Barford

but from September 2014

Alban or Margaret Beaufort

Sandy

but from September 2014

Sandy  or Sharnbrook

 

Staughton Moor

BBC

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Stevington

(With the exception of Midway House, Stevington which is in parish of Carlton & Chellington.  Also, The Spinney which is in parish of Pavenham)

BBC

Bromham VC

Lincroft, Oakley

Sharnbrook

Stewartby

BBC

Broadmead

Marston Vale

Wootton

Swineshead

BBC

Riseley

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Tempsford

CBC

Roxton

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

Thurleigh

(Some properties in Thurleigh Business Park are in parishes of Bletsoe and Riseley)

BBC

Thurleigh

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Turvey

BBC

Turvey

Harrold Priory, Harrold

Sharnbrook

Upper Dean

BBC

Eileen Wade

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook

Upper Shelton

CBC

Link to Marston

Marston Vale, Stewartby

Wootton

Upper Staploe

BBC

Wilden

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

Wilden

(With the exception of Blacklands, Kimbolton Road, which is in the parish of Bolnhurst & Keysoe)

BBC

Wilden

Alban, Great Barford

Mark Rutherford, Bedford

Willington

BBC

Willington

Alban, Great Barford

Bedford Academy

Wilstead

(Bedford Road - odds 117> and evens 78>, Dane Lane, Kenneth Way and Watson Road are in Lakeview catchment as they are in the area of Wixams)

BBC

Wilstead

Abbey

From September 2014

Years 7&8 Bedford Academy

Bedford Academy

Wixams

BBC

Lakeview

Abbey

From September 2014

Years 7&8 Bedford Academy

 

Bedford Academy

Wootton

(With the exception of Acrey Farm House, Belmont and CP Farm which are in parish of Stewartby and Wootton Green [see Wootton Green below])

BBC

Wootton

Holywell, Cranfield

Wootton

Wootton Green

CBC / BBC depending on address

Shelton

Marston Vale, Stewartby

Wootton

Wyboston

BBC

Roxton

Alban, Great Barford

Sandy

Wymington

BBC

St Lawrence

Harrold Priory, Harrold

Sharnbrook

Yielden

BBC

Eileen Wade, Upper Dean or Riseley

Margaret Beaufort, Riseley

Sharnbrook