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Frequently asked questions asked by parents looking for the best schools near Priory Lower School

How do I find out what schools are available around Bedford? 
There are some frighteningly frank websites for you to choose from. The Government one is You simply enter your location, perhaps Bedford, or another location and select primary schools or secondary schools. All the information parents need all there in percentages!

You could also try the paid for websites like This one is quite cheap and you can pay monthly.

This is of course just the very first stage in selecting a school. You will to need see the videos on this page before even thinking of visiting the shortlist of schools on your list.

How do I find the state school catchment area in or around Priory Lower School? 
If you just need to know your school catchment area try .If you are looking for exhaustive information on the schools as well go to

How do I find out how good a school is?
You will absolutely have to visit the school. However, do look at the video below. For armed is to be fore warned!

Nursery Schools

What's the difference between nursery and preschool? 
Preschools usually work around a formal curriculum and trained teachers - making them a little more expensive! Nursery schools are usually a more relaxed learning environment and more flexible enrolment terms. They are also cheaper and vary greatly.

What age is a preschooler? Ages up to 4 is considered preschooler with toddlers are 1 - 3 year old bracket. Basically 4-year-old are not 'toddling' around any more and so are no longer toddlers!

What does preschool mean? A preschool, or nursery school, is a pre-primary school, or play school for early childhood education. Preschool is for children before they begin compulsory education at primary school. 

Is Pre K considered preschool? Pre K schools are pre-kindergartens.

This page should help you answer these school finding questions!


Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for MK40
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Bedford

Clapham Pre School

King George Playing Field, High St, Clapham, Bedford MK41 6BS, UK – 01234 341142

I have 2 children one currently at preschool and one that left in September. Clapham preschool ROCKS!!! We love it, the staff are kind and friendly and they will always try to help you with any situation. They can play outdoors whenever they chose as its easily accessible and secure. The staff are always looking for new projects to get the kids involved in all kinds of learning through play. Both my children have been and still are very happy going to preschool and that's all I can ask for. If I could give it more stars I would!

Lovely Preschool. Staff are very friendly and do a great job, they helped my son settle in very quickly and he loves going. He loves that it is free flow so he can spend lots of time outside and playing with the older children as well. I asked him what he likes about preschool and he said "my friends, toys and superheros." - Connor 3yrs ☺

Peter Pan Nursery School

66 Edward Rd, Bedford MK42 9DR, UK – 01234 350864

Best Nursery of all time, remember all the greats: Mrs Cooper, Mrs Jones and Mrs Shaar all the legends!!

Cherry Trees Nursery School

Hawkins Rd, Bedford MK42 9LS, UK – 01234 354788

I love this school, they have a brilliant educational centre. Many activities for learning. I highly recommend this school.

After School Care

Orchid Homecare Ltd

1st & 2nd floor, 52 Harpur St, Bedford MK40 2QT, UK – 01234 482483

Very good company, well run. Staff are reliable, always have a smile on their faces and are very polite with their clients and families. Would highly recommend!


Bedford Heights, Brickhill Dr, Bedford MK41 7PH, UK – 01234 214636

Dear Sir/Madam, I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and all your staff for the professional approach portrayed in accommodating my daughter for her work experience. She was extremely impressed with the care given by your staff to your clients, from the people working in the office to the wonderful carers in the homes of those they were caring for. She said that she saw dedication and commitment towards their individual needs and that each and every person gave 100%, which I am sure your clients appreciate. It was an honour and a pleasure for her to be allowed to work with them.

Fantastic from start to finish. Would not hesitate to use them again!

Goldington Day Centre

10 Barkers La, Bedford MK41 9SJ, UK – 01234 228866

GOLDINGTON day centre is a borough run senior citizens and adult day care facility off barkers lane the carpark is tight at times. It can be busy at the start of the day and again in the afternoon as the center bus's bring client's to and from home or residential care homes. The centre has been used for hire to run clubs and groups in the evening and weekend if borough approved or has charity status some disability parking space outside the main entrance and some coverd bays to the side of the building

Choosing a school around Bedford. This is an Australian video but has some really good Tips!

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Bedford

Independent Schools for Bedford - private preparatory and senior schools. Prep schools age 8 yrs to 11yrs or 13 yrs. Senior schools age 11yrs or 13 yrs to 18yrs. Some independent schools have a pre-prep department (age 3 to 8yrs) as well as prep and senior schools. Independent schools can be co-educational or single sex.

Secondary Schools

Beauchamp Middle School

Hawk Dr, Bedford MK41 7JE, UK – 01234 300900

The best school ive been too all the teachers were lovely and good at there job we all miss it loads such a shame it closed down ❤

Amazing school spent the best years of my life there And Sam the only reason you found it the worst because you were a stupid retard U remember me mahmud lababide

Goldington Academy

Haylands Way, Bedford MK41 9BX, UK – 01234 261516

Best school ever. Mainly because it is my school

Alright School Not Going To Lie Better Than Castle Newnham Eventhough I Go There

St. Joseph's & St. Gregory's Catholic Primary School

Biddenham Turn, Bedford MK40 4AT, UK – 01234 352062

it was an amazing school until the government had to change it into this stupid primary school i hate this school now

it was the best school i ever went to it

Independent Schools

Bedford School

De Parys Ave, Bedford MK40 2TU, UK – 01234 362200

Good school, as a current student at the school they are very supportive and have a great educational programme

Great school great education system great grades

Bedford Girls' School

Cardington Rd, Bedford MK42 0BX, UK – 01234 361900

Everyone there are mice and supportive and the teachers help so much so that u can understand. Love it! 😊

Exelente grupo de volcanic experince, todas son muy lindas y especiales! Agradecimientos!

Polam School & Nursery

45 Lansdowne Rd, Bedford MK40 2BU, UK – 01234 261864

Can not recommend highly enough. Real home from home. Children learn manners, enjoy their learning and grow in confidence. Swimming, French and PE from a young age is an extra bonus.

Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for MK40 1JD . LEA primary schools age 4yrs (the year in which a child is 5) to 11yrs. Secondary schools age 11yrs to 16yrs or 18 yrs. Each school has a local catchment area.

Primary Schools

King's Oak Primary School

Oak Rd, Bedford MK42 0HH, UK – 01234 220480

Well i used to go to that school before i left for year 7 the teaches are friendly and so are the students at the school

Most best behaved students very adjucated and a friendly place for new students

Putnoe Primary School

Church Ln, Bedford MK41 0DH, UK – 01234 303400

Great school my go there they love the school

Queens Park Academy

Chestnut Avenue, Bedford MK40 4HA, UK – 01234 352901

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Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in MK40 or anywhere in the country.
GetTheRightSchool was formed to offer a unique reference point on getting your child into the school of your choice. The web site covers all you need to about education choices with tips and a guide to the application process and issues that could impact your child's school day, from dealing with bullying, to money issues, to how to work out school catchment areas when they move schools.
Independent Schools Council Website - has a search facility: by county, school or postcode. The ISC brings together eight associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors and represents over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas.
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Dyslexia support centres
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Special schools for Bedford for moderate to severe learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Physical impairment, complex health needs, communication difficulties, dyspraxia and other special needs.

Special Needs Schools around you

Grange Academy

Halsey Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8AU, UK – 01234 407100


I love this place as my daughter is currently going there and they are helping her so much more than any other school has

St John's School & College

Bedford Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8AA, UK – 01234 345565

Staff at st John's school were brilliant and it was nice and clean and students were fantastic opportunity for people to be there to be honest I was a young student to graduate at a age and my friend as well because we had to I think others families should send their and they should look on the website

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Biddenham International School and Sports College

Biddenham Turn, Bedford MK40 4AZ, UK – 01234 342521

Teachers were wonderful and very supporitve, felt like a big family and is very diverse. Happy to have been a part of this school.

Very good school and miss madison it's very sweet

Website with facility to search for many different kinds of special needs schools and links to lots of support groups.  Find a special needs school near Bedford or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for MK40 - Language Tuition

Adult Education Centres for Bedford which may run evening or daytime language classes

Adult Education

The Sylvia Bebb School of Ballet & Theatre Arts

195 Castle Rd, Bedford MK40 3TX, UK – 01234 359777

I go there and it's a really good dance school so go

Adrian Marsh School of Dance

134 High St, Kempston, Bedford MK42 7BN, UK – 01908 393315

We joined Adrian & Sara's class two years ago and knew we'd found the perfect couple to teach us to dance. Something we'd wanted to learn for many years. The classes are great fun but there is an attention to detail that is essential if you want to learn to dance properly. Not only do we enjoy our weekly classes, but have also attended the fabulous weekends away which so far, have included Bournemouth, Isle of Wight and Blackpool, where we had the chance to dance in the Tower Ballroom, the memory of which I will treasure forever. I thoroughly recommend Adrian Marsh School of Dance - come and join us, you'll never regret it!

My wife and I were looking for ballroom dance class with a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. In January 2014, we discovered Adrian and Sara's classes at Kempston and were immediately impressed by the welcome given and the teaching methods. It's a really fun class and you learn the steps to the many different dances without too much difficulty because of the way it is explained and demonstrated. We don't hesitate to recommend this dance school to all.


6 Rothsay Gardens, Bedford MK40 3QB, UK – 01234 302203

Education centre offering variety of classes

It's a lovely building and as a community centre and teaching centre, serves most of our needs

Language Schools

Larkhill Language Centre

5A Harpur St, Bedford MK40 1PE, UK – 01234 354600

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

Aristo-Tots Private Nursery School/57 Goldington Rd, Bedford MK40 3LH, UK – 07950 427164

La Jolie Ronde Languages For Children

17 Clyde Cres, Bedford MK41 7ER, UK – 01234 296857

Language Schools for Bedford

Language schools for MK40. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Bedford

Private Tuition for MK40
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Kip McGrath Tuition Bedford South

the keep, Bedford Rd, Kempston, Bedford MK42 8AJ, UK – 01234 330288

Top quality professional tuition for children 6-16 years, covering Maths English & science. All tutors are qualified & experienced teachers & All staff are DBS cleared.

Excel Tuition Centre

House 4-6, Broadway News, The Broadway, Bedford MK40 2TE, UK – 01234 327621

Excellent Service provided ... great value for money and great staff !!

Glyn Davies Tutoring

Flat 1, St James Court, St Andrew's Rd, Bedford MK40 2LJ, UK – 07843 261454

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