Who We Are

Together for Bedford: Our Strategy

Our new strategy will see us build on our rich heritage in education and grant giving by working together to transform young lives, right across our community.

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To find out more about our ambitious plan, download the full strategy here.

Our vision is a community where everyone can thrive.

Our mission is to nurture potential and improve people’s lives.

Our focus is Bedford Borough, while our impact flows far beyond.

Our 15-year goal is to invest in people’s futures by:

  • Enabling more children and young people facing disadvantage to achieve their potential.
  • Offering high quality, distinctive and financially sustainable education.
  • Supporting children to access our schools with high value, impactful bursaries.
  • Maximising our impact on local community needs.
  • Continuing to build a more effective, efficient, resilient organisation greater than the sum of its parts.
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 (read about our commitment to inclusion)

Our History


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.

More about our history

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