Who We Are

HERE TO INSPIRE AND SUPPORT

We're here to inspire and support people in the borough of Bedford to improve their lives. We are also Bedford's largest private, local employer with over 1100 staff.

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The Harpur Trust Strategic Plan 2016-2020 is available to download at the link below.

Our Mission
PROVIDING EDUCATION

Promoting the highest quality, well-rounded education, through excellence in our own schools; promoting wider excellence in education through grant funding; supporting the Bedford Academy and other maintained schools; and maximising access to our schools for the economically disadvantaged.

CREATING OPPORTUNITY

Providing individual support and developing access to learning programmes in all communities in Bedford, through grant funding and in partnership with other organisations.

BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS

Providing support via grant funds to organisations and individuals where needed, involving people in local initiatives, reducing barriers caused by disadvantage and increasing the community’s access to recreation.

Our Values

- We are innovative and forward looking

- We are caring, fair and respectful

- We are open and outward looking

- We are socially responsible

- We believe in quality and effectiveness

- We act with integrity

- We are inclusive

Our History

SIR WILLIAM HARPURS VISION

The Harpur Trust was founded over 450 years ago by Sir William Harpur, a local man born to humble beginnings who made his fortune as a merchant tailor and who became Lord Mayor of London in 1561.

Today our activities are still inspired by Sir William Harpur's vision. He understood the value of education, and he saw the real needs to be addressed a month the disadvantaged, poor and sick in his home town of Bedford.

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