What makes Polam School special?

Polam School is an independent pre-preparatory school with an outstanding nursery, located in the heart of Bedford. Our school provides the perfect home from home environment for your child to begin their educational journey, from the age of 12 months to 7 years.

With music, languages, art, swimming and IT all introduced in small groups from an early age, our curriculum goes way beyond national expectations. The majority of our children progress to the local Harpur Trust schools, but destination schools also include other Cognita Schools as well as a number of state primary schools in Bedfordshire.

We are thrilled to have reached the Finals in the Independent Schools of the Year 2021 Awards in the category of Best Pre-Prep. the overall winner will be announced in October but in the meantime we are very proud to have made the finals with an application that championed our focus on pastoral care and wellbeing; our immersive learning programme; our outstanding nursery being the only childcare provider in Bedford with Millie’s Mark; and our unwavering parental support and approval.

Our Admissions department look forward to talking to you about your child’s educational future at our small school with BIG ambitions!

Outstanding Nursery and School provision

Both the School and the Nursery underwent an inspection by the Schools Inspection Service in December 2016 and were judged to be ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Good’ in all areas. Our internal assessments and Harpur Trust entrance exam pass rate confirm our academic excellence.

Nurturing, family environment

Polam provides a small, safe, homely environment in which pupils flourish, thanks to exceptionally small class sizes and dedicated teaching staff who have in depth knowledge of each individual child.

Individualised learning & broad curriculum

Every day is filled with learning adventures through a curriculum that far exceeds national expectations, with music, modern languages, drama, swimming and specialised PE all introduced from an early age.

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