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Biddenham Upper School is a 13-19 coeducational state comprehensive school serving the Brickhillmarker, Harpurmarker and Queens Parkmarker areas of Bedfordmarker plus the village of Biddenhammarker, England. The school holds Specialist Sports College status. It was formed in 1988 from the merger of John Howard and Pilgrim schools.

Its first head teacher was Garry Fitzhugh; the head teacher, as of 2007, is David Bailey and the Principal is Mike Berrill.

International school

In October 2008 Biddenham Upper School was awarded International School status by the British Council. The award was made in recognition of Biddenham's international ethos and its links with schools abroad. Following this the school intends to offer the International Baccalaureate to its students from September 2009.


Most of the schools students come from Newnham Middle Schoolmarker, Westfield Middle Schoolmarker, Goldington Middle Schoolmarker and Beauchamp Middle Schoolmarker in Brickhill, with a few also coming from Lincroft Middle Schoolmarker.


Biddenham is divided into six main blocks rather than one whole building like most schools. The blocks were named in 2003 by competition winner Ian Whitmore, a student at Biddenham. These are:

H, A, T, and R blocks all face a central quadrangle, where many students spend break and lunchtimes. The quad has recently (2007) been widened and refurbished with picnic benches.


Biddenham has a somewhat unusual school day, consisting of only four 75-minute lessons and breaks between each lesson. Other unusual features include the absence of any morning registration (students are registered in each lesson), the fact that bells are not used, and the earlier start and finish times. A typical school day is as follows:

8.00 - Lesson 1

9.15 - tutor time

9.35 - Break 2

10.50 - Lesson 2

11.05 - break 3

11.15 - lesson 3

12.30 - lunch time

1.15 - Lesson 4

2.30 - End of school day

After-school clubs take place from 2.45 until 4.00, and sixth formers may have a 5th lesson during this period on some days.


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