Multi-Academy Trust

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A founding member of Advantage Schools

In 2017, Bedford Free School joined Elstow School to create an exceptional choice for families in Bedford and Elstow.

We believe that the quality of state primary and secondary education in the United Kingdom can be significantly better and are determined to show how.

We therefore strive to show what can be different. As part of Advantage Schools we adopt an outward-facing approach, welcoming colleagues from other schools, and hence we have links with the best performing schools.

Our staff have access to some of the best professional learning in the country, all in the name of very high expectations for pupils and staff.

Bedford Free School offers a truly enriched and academic curriculum. We really do believe that our pupils can go on to achieve extraordinary things.

How are we different?

We believe that young people are entitled to access the best that has been thought and said.

So our focus is on what pupils learn. We focus on academic subjects ensuring that by age 16 our pupils are exceptionally knowledgeable.

Our extensive professional learning offer to staff means that we attract and retain some of the best-trained teachers and support staff in the country.

We believe in routine and structure so that our pupils learn a lot, and our teachers are able to teach, uninterrupted by distractions.

A message from our Chief Executive Officer
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At Advantage Schools, we are determined that all pupils should be able to attend university at age 18, including the most selective universities.

Guided by our values of Aspiration, Respect and Honesty, we believe pupils should be given the knowledge and character to make a difference in their community and their lives. The expert teaching and support teams at our schools are determined that our pupils get the very best provision.

If it is not good enough for my own three children, it is not good enough for us at Advantage Schools. This guides every decision we make, including our recruitment of staff.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch should you have any questions or queries.

With very best wishes,

Stuart Lock


"....we believe that, given the right circumstances, everybody is capable of extraordinary things..."
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