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School admissions

We are a mostly 2 tier system of primary and secondary schools. 

Children can go to lower/primary school in the school year after they become 4 years of age. This is the 'reception year'.

Many schools also have nursery units or nursery classes for younger children.

Most children will transfer at 11+ (end of year 6) to a secondary school

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.

Most secondary/upper schools have a 6th form and pupils may remain at the school up to the age of 18 or 19 years.

Parents can request a school outside their catchment area. Places are only offered if space is available. Schools use their admissions criteria to allocate if demand is higher than places.


Find a school Ofsted inspection report.

View the education inspection framework (EIF) for Ofsted.

Contact the School Admissions Service

Tel - 01234 718120

School Admissions Service
Borough Hall
Cauldwell Street
Bedford MK42 9AP