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School catchment areas: from September 2021

Most schools in our area have a catchment area policy. There will be a lower, primary, middle, secondary and upper school which serves the area in which you live. 

Some catchment areas cross local authority boundaries. Some Central Bedfordshire home addresses are found in Bedford Borough catchment areas. 

There are a growing number of schools which do not have a catchment area.  Some of these are faith schools that have never had a catchment area. Other schools have removed the catchment area from their admission policy. These schools are marked * within the gazetteer.

We cannot guarantee you a place at your catchment area school.

Contact the School Admissions Service on 01234 718120 or admissions@bedford.gov.uk for school admissions help.

Schools listed 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. 

Go to school transport or contact school.transport@bedford.gov.uk before selecting a preferred school.  

Towns and villages with their school catchment areas

Towns and villages in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire are listed below. Scroll down to the appropriate town or village to find the catchment area school. Links provide further information when there are a number of schools within the community.

Key:

  • BBC = Bedford Borough Council
  • CBC = Central Bedfordshire Council

The school for this address no longer has a catchment area as part of its admission policy

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

(Crossways Farmhouse 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

(Some properties on Box End Road are in parish of Kempston Rural.

BBC

Bromham VC

Biddenham or Lincroft

Cardington

(Summerhill House, Meadow Lane are in Bedford. The new Cardington development is in 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

(Some properties on Clapham Road are in Bedford. Brownswood Farm is in parish of Oakley. Properties in Twinwoods are in Milton Ernest)

BBC

Ursula Taylor

Lincroft

Colesden

BBC

Roxton

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Colmworth

(Millfield Cottage and Berry Wood Farm are in Little Staughton. Orchard Cottage is in Wyboston, Chawston and Colesden. 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

Eastcotts

BBC

Cotton End or Shortstown

Bedford Academy

Eaton Socon (Cambs)

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

BBC

Wilden

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Elstow

BBC

*

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 or St James

Biddenham

Hail Weston (Cambs)

(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)

(Mill View Farm 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 (village)

CBC

Houghton Conquest
(Years R - 4)

Marston Vale
(Years 5 - 8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Houghton Conquest (Wixam Development)

CBC/BBC

CBC and BBC
Lakeview

CBC
Marston Vale
(Years 5 - 8)

CBC
Wootton (Year 9 and above)
BBC
Bedford Academy 

Kempston

BBC

Link to Kempston

*

Kempston Hardwick

(Cowbridge Cottage which is in Kempston gazetteer. 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

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

(Bassmead Barns, Moor Road PE19 5BJ is in 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

(Coombelands Park is in Bletsoe.)

BBC

Milton Ernest

Sharnbrook

Moggerhanger

(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
(Glenrose Avenue, Wagstaffe Close, Cleat Hill and Woodlands Park are in Bedford)

BBC

Ravensden

Mark Rutherford

Renhold
(Developments off Norse Road are in Bedford.)

BBC

Renhold

Mark Rutherford

Riseley

BBC

Riseley

Sharnbrook

Roxton

BBC

Roxton

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Sharnbrook

(Chettles Close is in Bletsoe. Glebe Farm, Odell Road is in 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

(Mount Pleasant Farm/Grange are in Turvey)

BBC

Bromham VC

Biddenham or Lincroft

Staploe

BBC

Wilden

Sandy or Sharnbrook or Mark Rutherford

Staughton Moor

BBC

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Cambridgeshire

Stevington

(Midway House, Stevington are in Carlton and Chellington parishes. The Spinney is in Pavenham)

BBC

Bromham VC

Lincroft

Stewartby

BBC

Broadmead (Years R - 4)

Marston Vale (Years 5-8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Stewartby (Georgian Croft, Longville Grove, parts of Milton Crescent)

CBC

Houghton Conquest (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 Bletsoe and Riseley parishes.)

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

(Blacklands, Kimbolton Road are in Bolnhurst and Keysoe parishes)

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 Academy

Wootton

(Acrey Farm House, Belmont and CP Farm are in Stewartby and Wootton Green)

BBC

Wootton
(Years R - 4)

Holywell
(Years 5 - 8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Wootton Green

CBC / BBC depending on address

Shelton
(Years R - 4)

Marston Vale
(Years 5 - 8)

Wootton (Year 9 and above)

Wyboston

BBC

Roxton

Sandy or Mark Rutherford

Wymington

BBC

St Lawrence

Sharnbrook

Yielden

BBC

Eileen Wade or Riseley

Sharnbrook