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					Newsletter from Bedford School Foundation                                                                       News Projects Events

From the
Chairman of
the Foundation
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
                                                                             more classrooms.
 Issue No. 8                         needed attention; in particular the

 AUTUMN 2006
 Stories inside
 this issue...
  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
                                                                                  Oar Inspiring
                                         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’,
                                                                                   Making Independent
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
                                      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
                                                                             Summer Concerts
                                                                             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.                 
                                          plus an encyclopaedic knowledge of
                                          the School have been hugely valuable
                                          to us and he is, rightly, very proud
                                          of his association with the major            CONTACT DETAILS                                 EMAIL ADDRESSES:
                                          developments of School facilities            TELEPHONE NUMBERS:                              Foundation:
                                                                                       School     01234 362200
I refer readers to an article by the      during his time.                             Foundation 01234 362255/6
                                                                                                                                       SCHOOL ADDRESS:
                                                                                                                                       Bedford School, De Parys Avenue
Head Master in the Ousel in March                                                      FAX NUMBERS:                                    Bedford MK40 2TU UK
2003 entitled “An appreciation –          On behalf of the Foundation, I want to       School        01234 362283                      FOUNDATION ADDRESS:
                                          thank him most sincerely for his fine        Foundation    01234 362281                      Bedford School Foundation
Howard Culley, Bursar” for the
                                                                                                     2 Burnaby Road, Bedford MK40 2TT UK
period January 1987 to March 2003.        work, and to wish him and his wife
Howard then took on the newly             Caroline a long and happy retirement
                                                                                        Do you currently receive aSpire and other correspondence via your parent’s, or a previous
created role of Director of the           in Northumberland.                                      address? If so, please let us know your correct address and any other
Foundation and is now retiring after                              Sandy Gray                           forms of contact, such as telephone number(s) and email.

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