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Dame Alice Harpur School - Senior School
Cardington Road, MK42 0BX, UK Bedford
+44 (0)1234 340871

About Us

Dame Alice Harpur School moved to its current location on Cardington Road in 1938 and enjoys a spacious riverside location along the banks of the Great River Ouse providing a pleasant working environment for pupils and staff alike which combines the advantages of peace and quiet with proximity to the heart of Bedford.

Dame Alice Harpur School provides a wide ranging education for girls from ages 7 to 18, with each section of the School offering different opportunities and challenges within a coherent and consistent framework. We are part of The Harpur Trust group of independent schools in Bedford consisting of:

  • Dame Alice Harpur School

  • Bedford High School

  • Bedford Modern School

  • Bedford School

  • Pilgrims Pre-Preparatory School

Our teaching is geared to the specific learning needs of girls, and, academically, our girls do exceptionally well, fulfilling their potential and achieving results of which they can feel proud. Each girl is supported and guided to be her best, and we acknowledge and celebrate the achievements of all girls who do so. In recent years around 65% of GCSE are at the A*/A grades with around 99% of passes at Grades A to C. At A level, the School has had a pass rate of 99%, with around 70% obtaining the top pass rates of A/B grades.

The very full programme of extra-curricular activities ensures that girls have the chance to discover and develop their talents in a range of areas, including Music, Sport and Drama, and the healthy self-esteem which results from these achievements helps the girls to feel good about themselves and to be comfortable and happy at school. Our position within the Harpur Trust also ensures that the girls have a wide range of co-educational extra-curricular opportunities.


Choosing the right school for your daughter is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent.  At Dame Alice, we work in partnership with you to ensure that your daughter is happy, successful and confident, building a foundation for her future personal and professional challenges.  We will help your daughter to discover where her talents lie, and to make the most of them.

Dame Alice girls achieve success in a wide variety of areas and this success is recognised and celebrated.  We are fully committed to single-sex eduction for girls.  Years of experience have taught us that the single-sex environment, where the focus is firmly on girls and the way girls learn, yields impressive results at all levels, both within and beyond the classroom.

We hope that this website will give you a taste of what life at Dame Alice is like, but there is no substitute for a personal visit and you and your daughter are warmly invited to come and see our school for yourselves.

I look forward to meeting you.

Jill Berry
Mrs Jill Berry

School Life

Every day brings new excitements and challenges at Dame Alice.  In this section you can find out about the school curriculum, and see for yourself some of the things that have being going on over the past weeks.  

The school has a strong House tradition with houses named after famous Bedford citizens: John Bunyan, preacher and author of The Pilgrim's Progress, Sir William Harpur, Lord Mayor of London and benefactor of the Harpur Trust Bedford Charity, John Howard, founder of the Howard League for Penal Reform and  Russell, the family name of the Dukes of Bedford. 

Sixth Formers

Mrs Berry coaches from the sidelines


Welcome to the Admissions Department of Dame Alice Harpur School

If you have not yet received our exciting new prospectus, please contact me directly by telephone or email. Prospectuses are sent out on the same day to all enquirers by first class post.

I hope that you will find all the answers to your questions in this section of the website. We understand that choosing the right school for your daughter is one of the most important decisions you have to make. Therefore, no question is unimportant to us so please do not hesitate to contact me with any queries that you may have relating to the admissions process for your daughter.

You can contact the Admissions Department by telephone on either +44 (0)1234 361915 or +44 (0)1234 340871 , by facsimile on +44 (0) 1234 361902 or by emailing

I look forward to welcoming you to the school shortly

Vanessa Hicks, Admissions Manager



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