Bedstone College

Bedstone, Shropshire

b and w bedstoneBedstone is a fully co-educational, independent, boarding and day school with a strong family atmosphere, catering for young people between the ages of 8-19 through both the junior and senior schools.

Set in an ‘Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty’ in the heart of the Shropshire countryside and bordering Herefordshire and Powys the school is far from the distracting influences of urban life yet within easy reach of major cities and airports. The famous and beautiful ancient market town of Ludlow is 12 just miles away and Hereford and Shrewsbury can be reached by train in just 25 minutes.

Whilst non-selective, Bedstone is passionate about fulfilling a child’s potential in whatever sphere that potential may lie. The results, whether academic, musical, sporting or creative attest to the school’s success in achieving that aim.


Our reputation for sporting success, our music school with its professional  rehearsal pods and recording studio, our fitness and dance suites and sporting facilities, our outstanding design technology area and our art studios all tell of the desire to educate beyond the purely academic where we already enjoy so much success.  The weekly activities which range from horse riding and mountain biking, to chess and drama, or chamber choir and ceramics, are all part of a diverse range of opportunities which enable our young people to find those areas where their interests and talents lie, where their expertise can flourish and their confidence can grow.

Pastoral Care

The one thing that matters to any parent is that their children are cared for and we can do no better than quote a parent whose four children have been here over a period of ten years:  “The pastoral care at Bedstone is unbelievably good”.

For those few with dyslexic or other learning difficulties, Bedstone enjoys a renowned learning support department whose Head of Learning Support was voted “SENCO of the year 2016” at the Dyslexia Awards.   The College also enjoys a successful EAL department for those who are seeking to improve their additional language skills.

Academic life

Academic life is at the heart of every school and Bedstone offers a wide selection of GCSE, AS and A level courses.  Over the last ten years an average of 93% of sixth formers go on to university with 70% going to their first choice university.

Key Facts

Year established    1948
Location  Bedstone, Bucknell, Shropshire, SY7 0BG
School Status  Independent. Co-educational,  boarding (8-19) Day (4-19)
Headmaster David Gajadharsingh BSc., PGCE., CPhys., MInstP., NPQH
Available Courses GCSE, AS & A level  all with IELTS where appropriate
Accommodation  Separate boarding houses for boys and girls.

Boys – shared dormitories with individual cubicles

Junior girls – shared dormitories with individual cubicles

Fifth and Sixth Form girls – single bedrooms.

% of International students 23%
Student Enrolment  205
Senior school 145
Sixth Form 48
Facilities – alphabetical list:
25 acres of sports fields
Art School with ceramics studio
Careers department
Dance Studio
Design technology suite with CAD/CAM facilities
Dining room and conservatory
Fitness Suite
Four boarding houses
Learning Support with EAL unit
Library and reading rooms
Midlands’ cross-country course
Music School – professional rehearsal rooms and recording studio
Separate Junior School
Separate science laboratories
Sixth form centre with bistro
Sports Hall
Swimming Pool

Tennis Courts

Theatre/hall – with computerised lighting system and professional sound system
Wifi – campus wide wifi – silently monitored
Features  Strong family atmosphere with excellent pastoral care.
Additional comments Bedstone prides itself on fulfilling each child’s potential wherever that potential may lie
Academic achievements Over the last ten years an average of  93% of sixth formers go on to university with 70% going to their first choice university. In mathematics students routinely perform well in the National UK maths challenge with some going on to be invited to the Maths Olympiad (for which only the top 100 mathematicians in the UK are eligible)
University destinations Russell  group University destinations  include: Cambridge, Cardiff, Liverpool and Sheffield for subjects  including  Architecture, mathematics and Law

Whilst others include Lancaster, Sheffield, Reading, UWE Bristol, Swansea and a list of most of the Universities within  the UK with candidates studying for a range of  subjects covering the full spectrum of study.