Founded in 1552, Bedford School lies in 50 acres of peaceful and extensive grounds in the centre of Bedford. It has good, modern facilities, including a state-of-the-art music school, purpose-built library, large sports hall, indoor pool, observatory and planetarium. It provides continuous education for boys from 7, with a mix of full boarders, weekly boarders and local day boys. Strong academically, with very good examination results; the International Baccalaureate is offered as an alternative to A-levels. It aims to encourage boys to develop their talents, discover new interests and prepare for the world beyond school. It is strong in sport, music and drama. There is also an extensive range of extra-curricular activities on offer, including CCF, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, community service unit and outdoor pursuits. It enjoys strong local support.