Bedford College

Cauldwell Street
Bedford
MK42 9AH
United Kingdom

Tel: 01234 291000

Email: info@bedford.ac.uk

About Bedford College

“Delivering world class skills and vocational education to the communities we serve.”
Bedford College aims to be one of the best general further education colleges in the country, offering courses at all levels from entry level to higher education. In particular we wish to be recognised as:

  • the leading advocate for learning within the local community with strong and productive links with other partners
  • a nationally recognised centre of excellence in arts and technology education
  • the leading provider of care, leisure and business training in the county
  • the best local sixth form measured by results and value added scores
  • a leading and innovative provider of work-based and community-based learning
  • a provider of expert and individual guidance, advice and other student support services, including first class learning environments
  • a first choice employer, well managed and financially robust.


Our values reflect the manner in which we set out to achieve our aims. We put the learner at the heart of all we do. Our three core values are:

Student focus - We seek to achieve a high quality learning experience for every student.

High performance - We strive for consistently high levels of performance in all aspects of our work.

Respect, openness and honesty - We treat everyone with respect, encourage openness and honesty, and recognise each other’s contributions and achievements.

We’re proud of the fact that Bedford College has been providing excellent education to local people for over 130 years. It all started in 1882 with our founder Margaret Stansfeld who was passionate about equality and social mobility. We honoured her legacy this year when we opened our brand new, £2 million Margaret Stansfeld building at our Cauldwell Street Campus. We still adhere to the same values that Margaret did all those years ago. We are one of only three secondary institutions in this area that have maintained Ofsted Outstanding or Good ratings for 15 years and we pride ourselves on providing a wide range of educational opportunities for the whole community. We offer traditional routes such as A-Levels at The Bedford Sixth Form, where this year 97% of students went on to a degree course or employment, and vocational programmes which provide equally exceptional opportunities. Our continued success with Apprenticeships, reflects the strength of our partnerships with local and national employers and how important this is to us. Our Apprenticeships have grown by a massive 471% in the last seven years. What’s more, our apprentices are achieving excellent success rates, which have been well above the national average for the past two years. I hope you’ll take a few minutes to read on and find out how we’re continuing the excellent educational work that Margaret Stansfeld started over a century ago.

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