Bedford Free School is a state school set up by teachers, families and other members of the community in 2012. The founders were determined to make a positive difference to the educational landscape.
We continue to exhibit that determination in all that we do.
Like all state schools, Bedford Free School is open to all pupils regardless of income or ability. We are regulated and inspected by Ofsted, enter our students for GCSEs, and have our exam results published in league tables.
So just like all other schools, the performance of BFS is closely monitored to assure parents that their children are being provided with a high standard of education.
But there are some key differences that we believe make Bedford Free School so distinctive. Back in 2012, concerned parents and education professionals in the local community campaigned for something new in a school for Bedford and Kempston. Parents said they wanted their children to experience a better education, with smaller year groups, longer school days that fit in with modern family life, and a real commitment to getting learning right.
Bedford Free School was that school – founded and shaped by local people.
The first Principal (2012-2017), Mark Lehain, is local. He sends his eldest child to BFS, and his maxim – that if it is not good enough for his own child, it is not good enough, is shared by the current Executive Principal, Stuart Lock,
and the Head of School, Jane Herron. In fact, Mrs Herron sends her own daughter to BFS, alongside six other members of staff.
Bedford Free School, shaped by the parents and the educational teams who support it, has freedom to direct resources where they are most needed, but also to design a curriculum which supports each student as an individual.
At Bedford Free School, we regularly receive visitors from all over the country. In 2017-8, over 150 school leaders visited BFS to see what makes it unique. We share everything, and ask two things of our visitors:
We believe that our combination of firm discipline, very high expectations, an academic knowledge-based curriculum, and a humble approach to feedback mean that we can go on to be one of the highest-achieving schools in the country. We really do want to be a ‘grammar school for all’.
Our ambition is that every single pupil will be able to attend university, and most will attend the most selective universities. We are ambitious to be the best school in the country.
We believe that given the right circumstances, everyone can achieve extraordinary things.
RT @BFS_sport: The @bedsfreeschool u15 girls rugby team ready for today tournament @BedfordAthletic #nektons #finsup https://t.co/zbjBbvB902
RT @AdvSchCommunity: 25 @bedsfreeschool student leaders receiving peer mentor training this afternoon by the amazing Miss Carpenter. They’l…
RT @BFS_sport: Thank you to @Bed_AcadPE for the rugby coaching game friendly this evening! Our yr7 and 8 boys took away lots from it! #nekt…
RT @lehain: Well done @bedsfreeschool! 😍 https://t.co/jVs17sJlB2
Some other interesting aspects.
Disadvantaged pupils had a p8 of +0.44.
Pupils who came to BFS with SEND or were… https://t.co/H7bOieA6d0
RT @BFS_sport: The @bedsfreeschool yr7 and Yr8 table tennis boys in action tonight! Well done to the yr7 lads finishing 3rd and beating our…
RT @MJBurnage: Great to have the wonderful @HeenaDave12 in this evening to talk about instructional coaching to middle leaders @bedsfreesch…
RT @EmathsUK: Congratulations to all of our students at @bedsfreeschool on achieving such fantastic results. You are a credit to our schoo…
@cathiehewitt Thanks. We are very proud of what our pupils achieved.