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Bedford School 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Bedford School is an independent school for boys located in the county town of Bedford. Founded in 1552, the school has an impressive list of notable alumni, including one Nobel Prize winner, recipients of the Victoria Cross and winners of seven Olympic gold medals. It is the oldest of four independent schools in Bedford run by the Harpur Trust. [1]


In the Prep School, the curriculum provides strong support in the areas of English, maths and science, along with further teaching for French, art, ICT, humanities, music, DT and PE. The school’s  bespoke Future Skills Curriculum develops boys’ subject-specific skills through metacognitive learning strategies in order to maximise their awareness and academic progress.


Beyond the classroom, children develop further skills through participation in a range of activities, including Classical Myths & Legends, Theatre Tech, Music Theory, Chess, Fencing and Cricket.


Benefiting from an excellent pastoral network that provides them with guidance and support when they need it, boys grow in resilience and character whilst producing outstanding exam results. As a result, the school was rated as ‘excellent’ in all categories by ISI during their most recent inspection. [2]


Bedford’s School’s holistic approach towards education ensures that pupils leave not just with strong skills and qualifications, but also with high levels of self-esteem and the ability to develop firm friendships and meaningful connections throughout their lives.


Bedford School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: De Parys Avenue, Bedford MK40 2TU

County: Bedfordshire

Admissions info: or +44 (0)1234 362216

School Type: Independent, day and boarding school for boys

Open Days: Throughout the year

7+ Exam Date: January of Year 2


Open Events for Bedford School 7 Plus (7+) Entry


Prospective families are strongly encouraged to attend the Bedford School open events. Open Mornings provide visitors the rare opportunity to explore the school’s facilities and meet members of the teaching staff. 


Small group tours, taking place during the Spring Term, will allow you and your child to meet the Head, members of the senior and admissions staff, as well as subject specialist teachers. The events can be booked via this page.


Bedford School 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


The registration deadline is in December of the year preceding entry. Your application should be submitted along with a non-refundable fee of £100.


Your son will be assessed in January. A confidential reference from his current teacher will also be taken into account.


You will be notified of his results the following month. If he has been offered a place at the school, you should accept it by the deadline in March. Acceptance involves paying a deposit, which will be refunded during your son’s last term at the school.


Bedford School 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Scholarships and bursaries are not available to 7+ applicants.


Bedford School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Bedford School 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Underlying ability (Reasoning)


The English assessment examines comprehension and writing skills, including spelling, punctuation and grammar, as well as the fluency of your child’s reading and his oral skills.    


The Maths exam assesses your child’s problem-solving abilities and arithmetic skills, including his knowledge of times tables.


The Underlying Ability assessment examines Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning skills. 


The Verbal Reasoning section of the exam is designed to test and assess his logical thinking, use of English language and vocabulary.


The Non-Verbal Reasoning test measures his ability to understand, interpret and problem-solve, testing logic and intelligence rather than knowledge. 


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Bedford School 7 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Bedford School 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


Practice tests are an effective tool for preparation for the Bedford School 7+ exam. With the help of our practice tests, designed and formatted to match the actual exams, your child will learn to deal with various 7+ exam question types quickly and confidently. 


The benefits for your child are numerous: the tests provide focused practice and familiarity with a wide variety of possibilities and examples, serving as an indicator of any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam. We suggest starting early with your revision so that you have plenty of time to identify subject areas that need additional work.


The majority of our 7+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a world-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Bedford School 7 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Bedford School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




We highly recommend the following practice papers to help your child prepare for the Bedford School 7+ English exam. They cover everything your child needs to know about comprehension and writing:


Full Practice Tests


7+ English Pack 1

7+ English Pack 2

7+ English Pack 3

7+ English Pack 4

7+ English Pack 5


Comprehension Skills


7+ English: Comprehension Pack 1

7+ English: Reading Workbook

7+ English: Inference Skills

7+ English: Vocabulary and Grammar


Comprehension Guide


This guide covers all the key comprehension question types in a clear, step-by-step manner so that both you and your child know exactly what to expect on exam day.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Comprehension


Writing Skills


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


Writing Guide


Starting from the foundational basics, this guide works its way through all the key skills your child needs to develop to become an excellent writer within the framework of what’s expected at the 7+ level.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing


If you’d like to have your child’s writing assessed and marked, you may be interested in our Writing Marking Service. Please click here to learn more.




The following 7+ packs will help your child develop the key skills needed to do well in the mathematics section of the Bedford School entrance exam:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Mathematics Pack 1

7+ Mathematics Pack 2

7+ Mathematics Pack 3

7+ Mathematics Pack 4

7+ Mathematics Pack 5


Targeted Skill Development


Each of the following skill practice 7+ mathematics packs focuses on just one specific topic, covering all the possible variations your child may face on exam day:


7+ Mathematics: Mental Arithmetic

7+ Mathematics: Problem Solving

7+ Mathematics: Addition & Subtraction

7+ Mathematics: Multiplication & Division

7+ Mathematics: Geometry

7+ Mathematics: Number & Place Value

7+ Mathematics: Measurement

7+ Mathematics: Fractions

7+ Mathematics: Statistics


Mathematics Guide


This guide covers the full 7+ maths syllabus step-by-step, teaching your child everything they need to know in a fun and interactive manner.


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Mathematics


Underlying Ability (Reasoning)


The following packs will significantly boost your child’s Reasoning abilities ahead of the Bedford School 7+ Underlying Ability assessment:


Full Practice Tests


7+ Reasoning Pack 1 

7+ Reasoning Pack 2  

7+ Reasoning Pack 3 

7+ Reasoning Pack 4 

7+ Reasoning Pack 5 


Reasoning Guides


The following guides cover everything your child needs to know to ace 7+ Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning exams. They are packed with insights, tips and advice to help your child develop the key frameworks needed to succeed.


The Complete Guide to 7+ Verbal Reasoning

The Complete Guide to 7+ Non-Verbal Reasoning




Bedford School is keen to find students who can listen to instructions, process information and respond accurately. This pack will help develop these key skills:


7+ Listening Pack 1


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Our practice tests aim to show the sorts of questions that have been included in Bedford School 7+ past papers. The information provided about Bedford School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Other entry points for Bedford School:


Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 9 entry via the 13 Plus (13+) Exam

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