Newsletter from Bedford School Foundation News Projects Events
It was a real privilege to
be elected Foundation
Chairman last March in
succession to Richard Gordon
and Lord Naseby. Both have
given great service to the
School over the years
and made a significant
contribution, along with the
Planning for the Future
Director, to the Foundation’s For more than a decade after inadequacies of a single Astroturf A modern fitness suite is now being
achievements to date. the re-building of the Main pitch, the cramped Library, a Music included in plans to extend and update
School following the Great Fire School that was too small and a the Pavilion. This will be an exciting
But, above all, this is due to the
in 1979 and the construction of Pavilion that dated from 1936 . major project and further details will
generosity of our donors who
be included in the next issue of aSpire.
have given or pledged some £2.4 the Recreation Centre there
All but the last of these areas have The combined cost of both projects
million so far. Our first major were few projects in other areas
now been addressed and in a markedly is expected to be in the order of
project - the Music School - is an of the campus. By the early successful way with the help of OBs, £3 - £3.5million of which some £2
outstanding success and our focus 1990s a coherent development parents and friends of the School. The million will need to be raised through
now turns to the Development of strategy had become a priority. Pavilion now needs attention and two the Foundation.
Sport and the School’s radical new
The first stage was a £4million other requirements have emerged:
Scholarship scheme.There is more
project to expand the buildings much better fitness training facilities These then are the main features
on both of these projects in this
around the old Inky campus to and a new classroom block to cope of the current Development Plan.
house the present Preparatory with the 20% growth in the size of the Through this we seek to maintain
Thank you for your continuing Preparatory School. Bedford’s position as one of the
support of the School to which we leading independent schools in the
all owe so much. As a result we need to extend the country.
This project brought into sharp
Inky Main Building to provide several
relief other areas of the School that
Issue No. 8 needed attention; in particular the
Oar Inspiring 2
Radical New Access
Awards Scheme 2
Golf Master Class 3
OB Club Director 4
Proposed Inky Building Development Elevation
Another Year of
Ben St John (pictured) was awarded
the maximum score of 45 out of 45,
an achievement matched by only
0.03% of candidates worldwide.
The A Levels followed with over 75%
of students gaining top grades for the
third year in succession. Almost half
the grades were A grades (46%), with Well over 100 boys raced for the won some excellent races. Perhaps
very nearly 90% of the students School during the 2006 season and the best results of the season came
gaining A-C grades, regarded as the the Boat Club recorded over 40 class from the under 15 squad. The ‘A’ and
critical grades for university entry. wins spread across all the age groups. ‘B’ crews won Gold and Silver at
Taking the IB and A-level results National Schools along with several
together, 26 students gained more This year’s 1st VIII crew faced a real other events during the season. The
than 4 A grades or its equivalent. challenge with a combination of ‘C’ crew improved steadily and won
injuries, illness and exam clashes their last event of the season in
Finally, the GCSE results proved limiting their achievement but their spectacular style.
equally impressive with nearly 59% true potential shone through right at
The School celebrated an excellent gaining A* or A grades, and over a the end of the season. 2006 Captain, Staff coaching has been boosted
set of examination results this quarter gaining the top A* grade. 47 Richard Oakley, represented England considerably for 2007 by the arrival of
summer, starting with the students gained 8 A grades or better in the Home Countries VIII winning Will Suthers (Chemistry) and Charlie
International Baccalaureate in July. in subjects taken. Eight students for the second year. Palmer (Biology) both of these are
achieved the outstanding score of 9 high level athletes who raced in finals
This was the second group of or more A* grades, with two boys at Henley this year. Liz Palmer
students to take the examination at gaining 11 A*s from 11 subjects taken (Physics) will also add expertise with
the School after the Diploma was – a “perfect 11”. junior crews.
introduced alongside A levels in
The 2007 season will again be tough
September 2003. Results were Congratulations to all the boys and to as many schools now have high level
outstanding with 67% achieving the the staff for their hard work and performance in Rowing as a sports
equivalent of four and a half A grades achievement. priority. Our boys are well positioned
at A Level. In particular, 18 year old
to succeed; we have good equipment
and a strong team of coaches. The
photograph shows Roy Gamblin
Below 1st VIII level many of our crews 1
(56-60) launching the V1 1 that he
Open All Hours showed considerable promise and generously donated to the Boat Club.
Bedford School is entering into a
close partnership with the Bedford
based sports retailers ‘No Limitz’,
who will be operating the School
Shop on the School’s behalf from
Education more Accessible
January 2007. test.The test will be run in conjunction
with a “Curriculum Content Test” to
This partnership signals an exciting ensure that the boy has attained
development for the School Shop a basic level of knowledge and
and one that will provide significant academic achievement in the key
benefits for all of our customers, subject areas.
including longer opening hours, more normal winter opening hours being
choice and a pleasant, modern extended to: • Awards will be means tested so that
environment whilst retaining the the value of the award to a scholar
excellent customer service and value School Days will be based solely on parental ability
for money that customers have come Monday to Friday 8.15am – 5pm The new Scholarship Scheme will to pay.
to expect. School Days replace both existing scholarships – Those who apply but are not quite
Saturdays 8.30am – 3.30pm which are awarded on academic good enough to be made a scholar
The Shop will be run by Jamie Elphick merit - and the Harpur Bursary may be offered an Access Award
OB and his brothers Phil and Simon. During the Summer Term the opening Scheme, funding of which is being and the fee remission here will also
Many of you may be familiar with hours may be extended further. Full phased out by the Harpur Trust be based on need.
their faces if you have visited their details will be provided in advance. over the next few years.
shop in Harpur Street. Interim arrangements will be
While the School Shop is being There are two discrete elements to in place for the September 2007
To allow refurbishment work to take refurbished, uniform items and sports the new scheme: entry and the new Scheme will
place, the Shop will close at the clothing and goods can be purchased be fully implemented in time
• Future scholars will be selected for September 2008. Scholarship
beginning of October half term from No Limitz’s existing premises
using a new on-line test devised remission awarded purely on merit
on Friday 13th October 2006. It will at 42 Harpur Street, Bedford
in partnership with Durham University will cease from 2007/8 onwards,
be open on Saturday 6th January which is open Monday – Friday
which assesses academic potential. It except for existing scholars.
2007, ready for the Spring Term 9.30am – 5.30pm and Saturday 9am –
will not be possible to coach for this
9.30am – 4.30pm and then with the 5.30pm Telephone 01234 350720
Foundation News Silver
This year we launched a Parent Anniversary Reunion
Fund to raise money for four
projects that would be of For Leavers in 1980 to 1982
immediate benefit to boys
currently at Bedford.The projects A special anniversary will be held on Saturday 18th November 2006 for those OBs
who left the School around 25 years ago.Wives and partners are most welcome.
were science and technology
based and we were able to fund Why not make a weekend of it and come to the OB Club Annual Dinner at the
two of the projects over the Swan Hotel on the Friday evening (17th November) as well?
summer - the Learning Platform
that will allow us to manage all For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org
our computer based resources in or telephone 01234 362262
a structured and integrated
manner, and the Control
Equipment for Design and
Technology. However, we do need
the support of more parents
before the end of this year if we
This summer the new Music School Chamber Orchestra and Chamber
are to fund the planned
proved itself to be a tremendous asset Ensembles; Bedford School Bands and
improvements to Video
as demonstrated by a superb series of Bedford School First Orchestra.
Conferencing and update our ICT
concerts at the School including:
systems.We hope that you will
I was delighted that so many Bedford School Second Orchestra, The boys performed wonderfully,
feel able to help.
donors to the Music School were Junior Prize Winners and Junior consolidating Bedford School’s
able to come to the concerts at Ensembles; the 2005-2006 Senior position as a centre of musical
We have just re-launched our
the end of the summer term.To Solo Prize Winners; Bedford School excellence in the region.
Legacy Campaign with the aim of
judge by the numerous letters, raising significant sums to support
emails and telephone calls I the new Scholarship Scheme. A
received afterwards, everyone separate article about this is
thoroughly enjoyed the evening included elsewhere in this issue.
and were impressed by the quality
of the music played by the boys. As my time as Foundation
Director draws to a close, I would
A stained glass window in the like to thank all of you who have
Music School has now been supported the Foundation so
commissioned in memory of Ted splendidly over the past four years
Amos, Director of Music from and wish my successor,Tony
1960 to 1980, through the Bannard-Smith, all the best for the
initiative of Tony Abrahams (35- future when he takes over in
42).The Abrahams family also January.
generously donated the stained
glass window in the new Library Howard Culley
(shown in the photograph).
Memor y Corner Golf Masterclass Golf as their summer sport, an elite
15 years ago today
squad of boys, all with handicaps
below 10, have been invited for
specialist monthly coaching with
David Armor, the Head Professional at
The Bedfordshire Golf Club.
Combined with the input of Sports
Psychologist Dr. Peter Usher and
Conditioning Coach Charlie Palmer,
the aim is to significantly raise the
During 2005/2006, the team had standard of the individual in all
an extremely successful year aspects of their game, which will
and we expect to build on also improve the School golf team as
this in 2006/07. The photograph a whole.
shows the winners of the
regional round of the ‘British We are most grateful to Bedford
Heart Foundation’ national School Foundation and those Old
In June 1991 the tradition of the The photograph shows members of Bedfordians whose donations enabled
competition: Guy Hopgood, Tom
Remove Form Camp during the last the Hill Walking Club at the summit
Langley-Poole and Rhys Ford. us to set up the scheme. Their
week of the Summer term was of Monte Perdido (11,000 ft) in the
generosity has ensured that the best
re-introduced. A group of the boys, Pyrenees. The group includes Martin
who attended and obviously enjoyed Our success was partly due to the golfers in the School can benefit
Harradine (84-95), Jake Morland
this camp, then formed the nucleus (89-94), Tom Steel (84-94), Howard progress that has been made over from the coaching course regardless
of Bedford School Hill Walking Club Culley, Malcolm Green, RSM Graham the last year to improve the standard of ability to pay the costs. Our task
in the Christmas term of 1991. Jones, and Stuart Widdowson (90-94). of Golf at the School. In addition to now is to establish the course on a
Can anyone identify the other two? the coaching for boys who opt for permanent basis.
Meet the OB Club Director Weddings at Bedford School
The reasons given for choosing couples married elsewhere in Bedford
Bedford over the years so didn’t feel
to get married and hold but as one of the few spaces large
entirely ‘new’ as I drove through the
the reception at Bedford School enough to hold that many guests
School’s gates for the first time as a
are usually a combination comfortably, it is a secret that is
member of the team. What really of the magnificent setting, starting to become known.
struck me was the beauty, space and stunning surroundings, impressive
serenity of Bedford School. I’m sure architecture and even a nostalgia Of the nine weddings and receptions
this owed something to the stark for some of one’s ‘happiest days’ held at the School this year,
contrast between Bedford School and spent at the School. three were of OBs: Mark Lowten
the heart of London and Luton – my (93-98), Kieren Fitzgerald (83-90) and
adoptive homes during 20 years of These were certainly contributing Paul Smith (90-95) and two were
commuting. It probably also had factors for the many couples that members of staff: Ann Ridley, formerly
something to do with the fact that
term had yet to begin! Regardless of
Brenda Roberts the explanation, I felt proud and
Where were you before you pleased to be here.
came to Bedford School?
Immediately before joining, I ran What do you see as your greatest
a small consultancy, offering challenges over the coming
communications, and project and 12 months?
event management expertise to Developing the OB Calendar and
mainly corporate clients. We worked programme of activities to appeal
in the area of corporate responsibility to as wide a cross section of OB
(CR), so, for example, writing annual members as possible will be high on
environment and CR reports, the agenda. I’d particularly like to see
managing community investment us build on some of the many School
programmes and handling both larger and OB Club flagship events over the
and smaller launch and celebratory next year, in collaboration with staff
events. Before that, I was part of the and members, and to introduce more
senior corporate communications and of interest for our current and future
CR teams for Whitbread, NatWest Young OBs.
Group and Granada decided to do just that this Summer of the Preparatory School and Adrian
It’s ‘early days’ I know, and quite a and the wonderful Chapel Ceiling, Finch from the Upper School.
What were your first impressions programme of work, but I see now restored, most definitely played
of Bedford? tremendous opportunities for both its part. Almost all who were married Indeed OBs and staff are among the
Although a newcomer, I’ve attended the OB Club and Bedford School. in the Chapel also chose to have few that are able to be married in
many events and activities here at their reception in the School, usually in the School Chapel, owing to the
the magnificent Great Hall, which can restrictions of the licence. But for
seat up to 200 for dining, while still those that do satisfy the criteria,
the atmosphere is moving and the
Celebrating 10 years memories, captured by photographs,
are to be treasured.
Congratulations to the staff training for up to 30 boys and girls
of Bedford School Study Centre from countries from all four corners
which celebrates its 10th of the globe. They will be celebrating
anniversary this Autumn. the anniversary with a spectacular
party in London’s Chinatown along
The Study Centre provides intensive with past pupils and friends of BSSC.
providing areas for entertainment
English language and study skills
and dancing. In fact the Great Hall
was also the venue of choice for
And Finally Farewell to Howard Culley
exactly 20 years service at the School.
He has taken the Foundation from its
Did You Leave School
inception through to being a well
established support to the School’s
Between 1966 – 1970?
development plans. Its success, and The 40th Anniversary Reunion All contemporaries welcome!
therefore Howard’s, is clearly for the Classes of ’66 to ‘70 is
recognised within the wider School being arranged for Saturday 8th For details contact Jack Stenhouse,
community, and externally. His
September 2007 in the Great the School Bursar at:
interpersonal and management skills,
Hall at Bedford School. email@example.com
plus an encyclopaedic knowledge of
the School have been hugely valuable
to us and he is, rightly, very proud
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Howard then took on the newly Caroline a long and happy retirement
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