Bedford Free School believes that pupils should have access to a wide range of experiences.
While we believe that exam success is really important, we also believe that the focus of a great school curriculum should extend pupils experiences. In many schools, these are after-school or lunchtime clubs. We think these are of great value.
Electives are specific to Bedford Free School and these are something that we are very proud of as we feel that they help to create not just academic but well rounded students. Electives are after school clubs which take place within the timetabled curriculum and provide the students with an incredibly broad range of activities that would not be possible to deliver in a normal after school setting.
Electives are also the time in the school day when we protect it to ensure that pupils who have been unable to be present, through no fault of their own, are able to catch up so that they do not fall behind. We call this ‘catch-up club’. Other pupils are able to take an additional extra-curricular activity during this time. This is how we ensure that almost all of our pupils access extra-curricular activities and ensure that all pupils are able to make significant progress towards their academic goals.
These activities change each term to give students more choice and experience. Electives give staff at BFS the opportunity to share their skills and expertise from outside of school plus a wide range of external supplier’s supplement what can offered to BFS students.
These high-quality enrichment opportunities include a rich programme of sports, activities, leadership and community-based service.
Upon graduating from Bedford Free School, pupils will have experienced success in their GCSEs. Through our morning address and experience of the enhanced curriculum, and the knowledge that we pack into the academic curriculum, they will also be leaving us as well-rounded individuals ready to make a difference to their community and to society in general.
In short they will be ready both for university and to make a difference in the community and in the nation.
Please click the link to see our latest Electives offer for Autumn half term 1 BFS Electives Half Term 1 2019
At BFS we encourage all our students to have a full and active involvement in sport.
In the PE department we strive to give students as many sporting opportunities as possible and are proud of the high numbers of students we have participating.
Students at BFS go offsite for PE lessons to venues such as the International Athletics Stadium, Bunyan Centre double sided sports hall and Kings Oak Primary school. This gives our students top class facilities in which to learn.
We aim to include every student at BFS in school fixtures each year. If a student wants to represent the school in a fixture then they will represent the school. Fixtures run every day at BFS throughout the school year, for every year group and gender.
BFS has a proud tradition of leadership in sport. Students from all year groups have the opportunity to visit local primary schools and lead on different community sports events in order to develop their leadership skills.
The PE department run numerous sports trips each year to expose students professional sport and venues. Students can expect to visit MK Dons, Northants CCC and MK lightning Ice Hockey for matches plus take part in stadium tours of world renowned venues such as Wembley Stadium and Lords.
Music for all
Our ‘Music for All’ scheme enables every child in Key Stage 3 to learn a musical instrument. Students will have whole-class violin or guitar lessons once a week. This is in addition to their weekly curriculum music lessons. Through, ‘Music for All’ every student will be taught how to read from musical notation as well as perform within an class ensemble; which are amongst some of the skills required when studying for their GCSE Music.
Bedford Free School are also privileged to be collaborating with the Salvation Army, for their ‘Just Brass’ programme, which offers all students the opportunity to learn a brass instrument at no cost. Students rehearse twice a week in preparation for many concerts throughout the year. Currently, we have our own Bedford Free School brass band of 40+ players.
Pupils are therefore able to join our school orchestras very easily and have enormous numbers of opportunities to perform to parents and the community.