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School catchment areas: academic year 2018-2019

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. 

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're moving to the area

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

Free home to school transport

Please note that the schools stated below are catchment area schools for admissions criteria purposes only, they do not relate to free home to school transport. 

Free home to school transport is no longer provided on the basis of catchment areas. If you wish to know whether or not your child is eligible for free home to school transport, please email school.transport@bedford.gov.uk prior to selecting your preferred school. Further information about school transport entitlement can be found on our School Transport page

Catchment areas

Key:

BBC = Bedford Borough Council

CBC = Central Bedfordshire Council

Below are listed Towns and Villages in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire. To find the catchment area school, please scroll down to the appropriate town or village. Where there are a number of schools within the community there will be a link to provide further information.
 

Town or Village

Local Authority Area

Primary School

Variations

Secondary School

Bedford

BBC

Link to Bedford

Link to Bedford

Begwary

BBC

Wilden

Mark Rutherford

Biddenham

BBC

St James

Biddenham

Bletsoe

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

BBC

Riseley

Sharnbrook

Blunham

CBC

John Donne

Sandy

Bolnhurst and Keysoe

BBC

Kymbrook

Sharnbrook

Bourne End

CBC

Cranfield
(Years R - 4)

Holywell        (Years 5-8)

Wootton (for Year 9 and above)

Bromham

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

BBC

Bromham VC

Biddenham or Lincroft

Cardington

(With the exception of Summerhill House, Meadow Lane, treat as
Bedford and the New Cardington development, see Eastcotts
parish)

BBC

Shortstown

Bedford Academy

Carlton and Chellington

BBC

Carlton

Sharnbrook

Chalton (Near Moggerhanger)

CBC

Moggerhanger

Sandy

Chawston

BBC

Roxton

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Chellington

BBC

Carlton

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

Lincroft

Colesden

BBC

Roxton

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Colmworth

(With the exception of: Millfield Cottage and Berry Wood Farm
which are in the parish of Little Staughton, Orchard Cottage which
is in parish of Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden. In addition the
following properties have a postal address of Colmworth but are in the parish of Staploe: Honeypot Cottage, Thatched Cottage,
Home Farm Cottage, Bushmead Farm, The Lodge, White Cottage and Upper Honeydon Farm)

BBC

Wilden

Mark Rutherford
or Sharnbrook

Cople

BBC

Sheerhatch

Bedford Academy or Mark Rutherford

Cotton End

BBC

Cotton End or Shortstown

Bedford Academy

Cranfield

CBC

Cranfield
(Years R - 4)

Holywell
(Years 5 - 8)

Wootton (for Year 9 and above)

 

Dean and Shelton

BBC

Eileen Wade

Sharnbrook

Duloe

BBC

Wilden

Sandy or Sharnbrook or Mark Rutherford

Town or Village

Local Authority Area

Primary School

Variations

Secondary School

Eastcotts

BBC

Cotton End or Shortstown

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 in
Cambs)

BBC

Wilden

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Elstow

BBC

Elstow

Bedford Academy

Farndish

BBC

Christopher Reeves

Sharnbrook

Felmersham

BBC

Pinchmill

Sharnbrook

Great Barford

BBC

Great Barford

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Great Denham

BBC

Great Denham

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 Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Hargrave (Northants)

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

BBC Eileen Wade Sharnbrook

Harrold

BBC

Harrold

Sharnbrook

Harrowden

BBC

Shortstown

Bedford Academy

Hatch End

BBC

Kymbrook

Sharnbrook

Hinwick

BBC

Christopher Reeves

Sharnbrook

Honeydon

BBC

Wilden

Mark Rutherford  or Sharnbrook

Houghton Conquest

CBC

Houghton Conquest
(Years R - 4)

Marston Vale
(Years 5 - 8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Kempston

BBC

Kempston

***see note below

Kempston Hardwick

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

BBC

Houghton Conquest
(Years R - 4)

Marston Vale
(Years 5 - 8)

Wootton (Year 9 and over)

Keysoe

BBC

Kymbrook

Sharnbrook

Keysoe Row

BBC

Kymbrook

Sharnbrook

Knotting and Souldrop

BBC

Sharnbrook

Sharnbrook

***NOTE: The school for this address no longer has a catchment area as part of it's admission policy.
 

Town or Village

Local Authority Area

Primary School

Variations

Secondary School

Lidlington

CBC

Thomas Johnson
(Years R - 4)

Marston Vale
(Years 5 - 8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Little Barford

BBC

Roxton

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Little Barford - Little End

Cambs

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Little Staughton

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

BBC

Kymbrook

Sharnbrook

Lower Dean

BBC

Eileen Wade

Sharnbrook

Lower Shelton

CBC CBC

Marston Vale (Years 5-8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Marston Moretaine

CBC

CBC

Marston Vale (Years 5-8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Melchbourne

BBC

Riseley

Sharnbrook

Milton Ernest

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

BBC

Milton Ernest

Sharnbrook

Moggerhanger

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

CBC

Moggerhanger

Sandy

Oakley

BBC

Oakley

Lincroft

Odell

BBC

Harrold

Sharnbrook

 

Pavenham

BBC

Pinchmill

Sharnbrook

Pertenhall

BBC

Riseley

Sharnbrook

Podington (Including Hinwick)

BBC

Christopher Reeves

Sharnbrook

Radwell

BBC

Pinchmill

Sharnbrook

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

BBC

Ravensden

Mark Rutherford

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

Mark Rutherford

Riseley

BBC

Riseley

Sharnbrook

Roxton

BBC

Roxton

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Town or Village

Local Authority Area

Primary School

Variations

Secondary 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

Sharnbrook

Sharnbrook

Shelton and Dean

BBC

Eileen Wade

Sharnbrook

Shelton (Near Marston Moretaine)

CBC

CBC

Marston Vale (Years 5-8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Shortstown

BBC

Shortstown or Cotton End

Bedford Academy

Souldrop (and Knotting)

BBC

Sharnbrook

Sharnbrook

Stagsden

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

BBC

Bromham VC

Biddenham or Lincroft

Staploe

BBC

Wilden

Sandy or Sharnbrook or Mark Rutherford

Staughton Moor

BBC

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Stevington

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

BBC

Bromham VC

Lincroft

Stewartby

BBC

Broadmead (Years R - 4)

Marston Vale (Years 5-8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Swineshead

BBC

Riseley

Sharnbrook

Tempsford

CBC

Roxton

Sandy

Thurleigh

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

BBC

Thurleigh

Sharnbrook

Turvey

BBC

Turvey

Sharnbrook

Upper Dean

BBC

Eileen Wade

Sharnbrook

Upper Shelton

CBC

CBC

Marston Vale (Years 5-8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Upper Staploe

BBC

Wilden

Sandy or Sharnbrook or Mark Rutherford

Wilden

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

BBC

Wilden

Mark Rutherford or Sharnbrook

Willington

BBC

Sheerhatch

Bedford Academy or Mark Rutherford

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

Bedford Academy

Wixams

BBC

Lakeview

Bedford Ac...

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