Bedford Modern School
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(May Bedford Flourish)
|Established||1566 (Harpur Endowment)|
|Type||Public School and Independent day school|
|DfE URN||109728 Tables|
|Houses||Oatley, Mobbs, Tilden, Farrar, Rose, Bell|
|Colours||Black and Red|
|Publication||The Eagle/ The Sports Eagle/ The Eaglet|
|Former pupils||Old Bedford Modernians http://www.obmclub.co.uk|
|Head Boy||Perry Liu|
|Head Girl||Isobel White|
- Bedford Modern School should not be confused with Bedford School.
Bedford Modern has its origins in the Bedford Charity, born from the endowments left by Sir William Harpur in the sixteenth century. Originally it was known as 'the Writing School', teaching copper plate handwriting in what is now the old Town Hall in St. Paul's Square, Bedford. It was originally situated "side by side" with Bedford School and opened in 1566.
In 1834 BMS moved to prestigious mock Tudor Gothic premises, designed by Edward Blore in Harpur Square, the frontage of which is now part of the Harpur (shopping) Centre.
The School has had four names – the Writing School, the English School, the Commercial School and finally Bedford Modern School, the last change being made in 1873 to reflect the School's modern curriculum, providing an education for the professions. Until the Second World War BMS provided education not only for the locality but also for many colonial and military personnel seeking good education for their young families. Since then BMS has grown considerably. It was a direct grant school until becoming independent in 1976, and became a coeducational day school in 2003. BMS celebrates its 250th anniversary in 2014 to commemorate its separation from Bedford School in 1764.
In 1974 BMS moved to purpose-built premises on Manton Lane in Bedford.
Following a tradition of over a hundred years the Senior School Houses of BMS were: North, South, East, West, County and United Boarders. This last comprised the combined boarding houses: Culver, Shakespeare, and School House. The day boy houses often, though not always, reflected the parts of the town or county from which the boys hailed and were mentioned in the school song.
A decision was made in October 1997 for the House system to play a more central role in the School and to reinvigorate internal competition whilst upholding its fine traditions. Six Heads of House were appointed from the staff under the direction of a Senior Head of House, with the brief to establish a modern House system to be integrated into a new school structure and working week, beginning in September 1998. A competition was launched to establish the new house names. The Houses were named in honour of six OBMs who had gained national or international recognition in their field.
Oatley, Mobbs, Tilden, Farrar, Rose, Bell
Each house has its own tie which consists of stripes of the three school colours and their own house colour. Inter-house sports cover all major and minor sports run by the school, at both Junior and Senior level, and range from rugby and hockey (major sports) to shooting and fencing (minor sports). There are also non-sporting events such as quizzes and Music and Drama competitions. Students take leadership roles as House Captain or House Deputies.
Year 13 Students have the option of becoming Monitors (prefects) for their final year. Each team of monitors works with a specific year group, and are led by two Senior Monitors, appointed by the Head Master. Senior Monitors have a red trim on their blazer.
Boys in years 7 to 11 wear their house tie and school blazer alongside black trousers and a white shirt. Girls may wear the school shirt or black trousers with the school blazer (girls' blazers have a red and black braid). Sixth form students wear a business suit.
Until 2003, BMS was a day and boarding school for boys. Following 12 years of discussions, Bedford Modern School closed its boarding houses and became coeducational in September 2003. In 2013, BMS celebrated 10 years of coeducation, with a play written by Mark Burgess commissioned to celebrate the event.
Sport and the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics
BMS has extensive sport facilities. The school was selected as an official training site for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. The school offered facilities for Table Tennis teams training for the event, and complemented other training sites in the Bedford area. The Maldives National Olympic Committee based its competing athletes in Bedford, while Paralympic athletes from Angola, the Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, The Gambia, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Jamaica, Lesotho, Morocco, Niger, Pakistan, Senegal, Tunisia and Uganda were also based in the area. With the exception of Weymouth (which hosted various sailing events) Bedford accommodated more Olympic teams in 2012 than any other town or borough in the UK, even London.
Notable Old Bedford Modernians
- James Howard (1821–1889), agriculturalist and member of parliament
- William Hale White (December 22, 1831 - March 14, 1913), known by his pseudonym Mark Rutherford, was a British writer and civil servant
- Sir William Augustus Tilden (1842–1926), Chemist & Dean, Royal College of Science, London (1905–1909)
- William Robert Bousfield FRS (1854-1943), Conservative Politician & Lawyer
- John Holland Rose (1855–1942), Vere Harmsworth Professor of Naval History, University of Cambridge, 1919–1933
- Arthur Pedley CB (1859-1943), British Civil Servant
- Sir George Herbert Farrar 1st Bt (1859–1915), South African mining magnate, politician and soldier
- E. D. Morel (1873–1924), journalist and activist
- Major George Godfrey Massy Wheeler (1873-1915), was a recipient of the Victoria Cross
- William McKinnell (1873-1939), was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He served in the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1920 to 1936
- Aeneas Mackintosh (1879–1916), Antarctic explorer, commander of the Ross Sea party expedition
- Edgar Mobbs (1882–1917), was an English rugby union footballer who played for and captained Northampton R.F.C. and England. In 1917 he was killed in action at the Third Battle of Ypres and awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his bravery
- Eric Temple Bell, (1883–1960), mathematician and science fiction author
- Gillie Potter (1887–1975), comedian and broadcaster
- Reginald Berkeley (1890–1935), was a Liberal Party politician in the United Kingdom, and later a writer of stage plays and a screenwriter in Hollywood
- Dick Stafford (1893–1912), rugby union player
- Basil Rogers (1896–1975), cricketer
- Sir Charles Oatley (1904–1996), Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Cambridge, 1960–1971, and developer of the first scanning electron microscope
- Captain Dick Howe (born 1916), Escape Officer Oflag IV-C (Colditz Castle) 1942–1945
- William Francis Grimes (1905–1988), Director, London Museum, 1945–1956, and Director, Institute of Archaeology and Professor of Archaeology, University of London, 1956–1973
- Albert Scott Daniell (1906-1965), author under the pseudonym David Scott Daniell. Wrote a novel based on his time at Bedford Modern School entitled Young English
- Sir Henry Johnson (1906–1988), general manager, Eastern Region, British Railways, 1958–1962, and London Midland Region, British Railways, 1962–1967, and chairman, British Railways Board, 1968–1971
- Derick Emmison (1907–1995), County Archivist of Essex, 1938–1969
- Christopher Fry (1907–2005), playwright. Awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 1962
- Sir Arthur Mooring (1908–1969), British Resident in Zanzibar, 1959–1963
- Robert Luff (1914-2009), was a theatrical agent and producer. He was most notable for producing the stage version of The Black and White Minstrel Show and being the former agent of Lenny Henry, the Tiller Girls and Beryl Reid
- George Matthews (1917–2005), leading communist and editor of the Daily Worker/Morning Star from 1959–1974
- Ian Mantle (1920–2010), engineer and rally driver
- Gordon Langford (born 1930 as Gordon Colman), brass band and orchestral music composer, arranger and performer.
- Richard Eric Gautrey Jeeps (born 1930), played scrum half 24 times for England including all four matches of the Grand Slam season of 1957
- Bob Gale (born 1933), Middlesex cricketer
- Gordon Thomas (born 1933) is a Welsh author
- Dennis Sharp (1933-2010), was a British architect, professor, curator, historian, author and editor
- Sir Keith Speed (born 1934), politician
- John Andrews (born 1936) crime and antiques writer
- Sir Nicholas Lloyd (born 1942) newspaper editor
- Tim Souster (1943-1994) was a British composer
- Russell Ash (born 1946), author of Top 10 of Everything, etc.
- Lionel Weston (born 1947), England Rugby Union scrum half
- Professor Sir Peter Knight, professor of quantum optics and Principal of the Faculty of Natural Sciences at Imperial College.
- Patrick Hall (born 1951), MP for Bedford and Kempston from 1997 to 2010
- Michael Crowther (born 1952), wildlife conservationist, founder, Indianapolis Prize (world's largest wildlife conservation award)
- John Sessions (born 1953), comedian and broadcaster
- Dr Harry Brünjes (born 1954), Chairman of Premier Medical Group, Chairman Lancing College, former Governor BMS
- Timothy Toni (born 1956), award-winning television producer
- The Rt Revd Anthony William Robinson (born 1956), Bishop of Pontefract
- Nick Hawkins, (born 1957) former MP for Blackpool South and Surrey Heath
- Andy Gilchrist (born 1960), former head of the FBU (Fire Brigades Union)
- Richard Fuller (born 1962), Conservative MP for Bedford and Kempston 2010
- Toby Litt (born 1968), novelist and short story writer
- Tim Foster (born 1970), Olympic Gold Medallist rower
- Ben Anderson (born 1975), television reporter and writer
- Christian Coulson (born 1978), actor
- Monty Panesar (born 1982), England International Cricketer
- Jeremy Irvine (born 1990), actor (War Horse, Now Is Good, Great Expectations, The Railway Man)
- Don Broco Band
List of Headmasters
- 2010– Michael Hall
- 1996–2009 Stephen Smith
- 1977–1996 Peter John Squire
- 1965–1977 Brian Kemball-Cook
- 1946–1965 Rev. John Edward Taylor
- 1922–1946 Henry Weddell Liddle
- 1917–1922 Arnold Powell, later head of Epsom College
- 1901–1916 Cecil William Kaye
- 1877-1900 Robert Burton Poole
- John Moore, footballer
- 3 March, 18:25:11 GMT 2008. "Bedfordshire to host Olympic training camps". Bedford Today. Retrieved 22 November 2011.
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- Underwood, Andrew (1981). Bedford Modern School of the Black and Red. Bedford Modern School. ISBN 0-9507608-1-1.