With high-achieving local schools and colleges, surrounded by world-class universities and cutting-edge research and development centres, Bedford offers stunning views of the future.


Major local Higher Education facilities include the University of Bedfordshire with 23,000 students and Cranfield University with 3,800 post graduate students, 14,500 continuing professional development delegates and world-class research specialism’s in aerospace, automotive, bio-science, energy, environment, manufacturing, security and defence.


Bedford College with 16,000 students is rated by OFSTED as ‘outstanding’, a centre of vocational excellence in 5 disciplines and a trainer of thousands of managers and employees each year.


GCSE and A level results are above the national average with a number of the local schools amongst the best performing schools in the country, with specialist status in business and enterprise, maths and computing, humanities, arts and sport.

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