Bedford Modern School

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Bedford Modern School
Bedford Modern School - Crest.jpg
Motto Floreat Bedfordia
(May Bedford Flourish)
Established 1566
Type Public School and Independent day school
Religion Interdenominational
Headmaster Michael Hall
Location Manton Lane
Bedford
Bedfordshire
MK41 7NT
England
DfE number 822/6011
DfE URN 109728 Tables
Ofsted Reports
Students 1207
Gender Coeducational
Ages 7–18
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
Website www.bedmod.co.uk
Bedford Modern School should not be confused with Bedford School.

Bedford Modern School (often called BMS) is an HMC independent school located in the county town of Bedford, Bedfordshire, England.[1]

Bedford Modern comprises a junior school (years 6-11) and a senior school (years 11-18).[2] A wide variety of subjects are taught to GCSE and A-level standard.[3]

History[edit]

Bedford Modern has its origins in the The Harpur Trust, born from the endowments left by Sir William Harpur in the sixteenth century.[4] Since the separation of Bedford School and Bedford Modern School in 1764, 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.[5] BMS provided education not only for the locality but also for colonial and military personnel seeking good education for their young families.[6]

Bedford Modern School-Old School

In 1834 BMS moved to buildings designed by Edward Blore in Harpur Square, Bedford.[7] The successful growth of the school meant that the buildings became increasingly cramped and in 1974 the school moved to purpose-built premises in Bedford.[8] The Foundation Stone for the new building was laid by Margaret Thatcher, then Secretary of State for Education and Science.[9] On 11 May 1976, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II unveiled a commemorative panel at the new school building during her visit with H.R.H. Duke of Edinburgh.[10]

BMS became a coeducational day school in 2003. In 2014 BMS celebrated the 250th anniversary of the separation of Bedford School and BMS.[11]

School houses[edit]

Following a tradition of over a hundred years the Senior School Houses of BMS were: North, South, East, West, County and United Boarders.[12] This last comprised the combined boarding houses: Culver, Shakespeare, and School House.[13] 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 chorus of the school song.[14]

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.[15] 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.[16] A competition was launched to establish the new house names. The Houses were named in honour of six Old Bedford Modernians who had gained national or international recognition in their field.[17]

     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.[18] 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).[19] There are also non-sporting events such as quizzes and Music and Drama competitions.[20] Students take leadership roles as House Captain or House Deputies.[21]

Monitors[edit]

Year 13 Students have the option of becoming Monitors (prefects) for their final year.[22] Each team of monitors works with a specific year group, and are led by two Senior Monitors, appointed by the Head Master.[23] Senior Monitors have a red trim on their blazer.[24]

Uniform[edit]

Boys in years 7 to 11 wear their house tie and school blazer alongside black trousers and a white shirt.[25] 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.[26]

Coeducation[edit]

Until 2003, BMS was a day and boarding school for boys.[27] Following 12 years of discussions, Bedford Modern School closed its boarding houses and became coeducational in September 2003.[28] In 2013, BMS celebrated 10 years of coeducation, with a play written by Mark Burgess commissioned to celebrate the event.

Sport[edit]

Bedford Modern School Boat Club Rowing Blade

Bedford Modern has a strong sporting tradition with many former students going on to compete at national and international levels including two former Captains of the England Rugby Team and a former Captain of the England Cricket Team.

The school was selected as an official training site for the 2012 Summer Olympics and Paralympics. 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.[29] 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.[30]

Notable Old Bedford Modernians[edit]

Academia[edit]

The Armed Forces[edit]

The Arts[edit]

Medicine[edit]

Public Office in Church and State (Home)[edit]

Public Office in Church and State (Overseas)[edit]

Sport[edit]

List of Headmasters[edit]

  • 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
  • 1860-1877 Wilkinson Finlinson
  • 1831-1860 John Moore
  • 1821-1831 William Henry White
  • 1814-1820 William Massey
  • 1809-1814 James Ruffhead
  • 1799-1809 John Whitehouse
  • 1765-1799 George Jackson
  • 1764-1765 John Whitehouse

Other masters[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bedford Modern School Official Website
  2. ^ Bedford Modern School Official Website
  3. ^ Bedford Modern School Official Website
  4. ^ The Harpur Trust 1552-1973 by Joyce Godber 1973
  5. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red", Andrew Underwood, 1981
  6. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red", Andrew Underwood, 1981
  7. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red", Andrew Underwood, 1981
  8. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red", Andrew Underwood, 1981
  9. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red", Andrew Underwood, 1981
  10. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red", Andrew Underwood, 1981
  11. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  12. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red", Andrew Underwood, 1981
  13. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red", Andrew Underwood, 1981
  14. ^ "Bedford Modern School of the Black And Red", Andrew Underwood, 1981
  15. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  16. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  17. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  18. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  19. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  20. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  21. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  22. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  23. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  24. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  25. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  26. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  27. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  28. ^ "School Of The Black And Red" by Andrew Underwood 1981, reset and updated by Peter Boon, Paul Middleton and Richard Wildman in 2010
  29. ^ [1]
  30. ^ http://www.bedford.gov.uk/council_and_democracy/council_news/archived_news/february_2012/on_your_marks.aspx
  • Underwood, Andrew (1981). Bedford Modern School of the Black and Red. Bedford Modern School. ISBN 0-9507608-1-1. 

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