This year the theme was genetic engineering & BFS came Runners-Up – Congratulations to all involved
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 @SamC_66: @BFSdrama_music @StuartLock @elstowsch They were amazing! I was the proudest head!
RT @BFSdrama_music: Thank you to @elstowsch for my lovely flowers. It has been a pleasure to work with the year 6’s the last 2 terms and I…
RT @BFS_sport: Well done to @bedsfreeschool Cardington Dolphins who won the BFS sports day for the second year running! 10CD at their last…
RT @ExpeditionsBfs: Heading back to the centre. All very tired and hungry after a long and successful day climbing.
Here is the route we to…
RT @ExpeditionsBfs: All of us - including Mrs Herron - are wet suited up and have our helmets on and are setting off to go gorge walking.
RT @ExpeditionsBfs: Pupils have all cleaned the dining room and hoovered their rooms (the boys' rooms were the messiest 😱).
RT @ExpeditionsBfs: All of the @bedsfreeschool trip have made it to the top of Snowdon. Courageous climbing. Very proud teachers.
RT @KitchenTableSew: Despite our best efforts, we didn't win the canoe race. We lost. Badly. https://t.co/mns1AbiI6G
RT @ExpeditionsBfs: We've all arrived! https://t.co/r69ezUbKGv