About Us

We are situated on the northern edge of the old heart of Bedford. Our building dates from 1893 and has great character. The spacious school hall is the hub around which school activities revolve. There are currently twelve classes for children from four to eleven years of age.

We also run a pre-school for 3 and 4 year olds.

Our extensive and attractive grounds around the school are an added bonus.

An exciting building project, started in June 2011 has provided a further 10 classrooms in a new building sympathetic to the strong Victorian character of the school. This is now accommodating our increase in numbers to a two form entry which begun in September 2012. We now have capacity for up to 60 children in our Reception classes, Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4, Year 5 and Year 6; space for up to 420 pupils.

We are proud of our multi-cultural identity and each ethnic group is celebrated and valued. We have around 40 different languages spoken. We have swift and supportive induction procedures for families who are new to the school and for whom English may not be their first language. We help children to settle quickly to learning and all staff understand the difficulties that children may experience coming to a new and sometimes unfamiliar setting. 

Livingstone Primary School Ethos, Aims and Values



At Livingstone, we are proud to be an inclusive school which provides a high quality, creative and challenging education. We celebrate our differences whilst bringing together children and the community using clear values and principles.  We are aware that our pupils bring different experiences, interests and strengths, which will influence the way they learn and develop their independence. Our secure, caring and happy environment encourages children to have high expectations of themselves in all aspects of school life.

Our Aims

  • To create a welcoming and inclusive environment to all families.
  • To build children’s self-esteem and promote respect for themselves and others.
  • To recognise that every child is unique and to develop individual talents.
  • To develop high expectations for everyone at Livingstone, leading to excellence.
  • To provide a 21st century education where children are confident and can contribute to their global community.
  • To promote the health and well-being of our children and families.
  • To develop individuals socially, emotionally, spiritually, physically and creatively.
  • To provide opportunities within a broad and balanced curriculum so that each child is happy, can achieve success and fulfil their potential.
  • To encourage and enable the continuous professional development of staff, ensuring effective communication between all.
  • To recognise and celebrate success in all aspects of school life.


Our key values as a school are

  • Respect
  • Tolerance
  • Patience
  • Empathy
  • Determination
  • Responsibility
  • Teamwork
  • Independence 

School Times

Early Years Puffins Pre School (AM Class) - 8.45 am- 11.45 am.

Early Years Puffins Pre School (PM Class)  -12.30pm- 3.30pm

Parrots and Penguins Reception- 9.am-3.30pm (Gate opens at 8.50am)

Key Stage One - Robins and Wrens (Year 1), Swallows and Swifts (Year 2)
9.00 a.m. - 3.30 p.m.

Year 3 - Woodpeckers & Wagtails

9.00 a.m. - 3.30-p.m

Year 4 - Owls & Ospreys (Year 4) 
8.50 a.m. - 3.20 p.m.

Upper Key Stage 2 - Hawks & Herons (Year 5),  Kestrels (Year 6)

8.50 a.m. - 3.20 p.m.

32.5 hours per week

To apply for a place at school click here for the Bedford Borough Admissions webpage 


Please see our 'Policies page' for Livingstone's admission policy. 


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