A brief history of BFS

A brief history of Bedford Free School

Bedford Free School is a state school set up by teachers, families and other members of the community who 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 students 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.

For some time, 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, is a school that has been founded and shaped by local people.

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.

We believe that given the right circumstances, everyone can achieve extraordinary things.

This is Bedford Free School’s goal for children in Bedford and Kempston.

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