Academic curriculum at Bedford Free School

Academic curriculum

The core academic curriculum

The courses within this part of the timetable are the traditional subjects you would expect in any school. We use the National Curriculum as a starting point for the content we teach and teachers assess student progress using National Curriculum levels or GCSE grade descriptors.

Course   Hours per week        Course   Hours per week
Mathematics        3   Technology        3
English     3     Art     1
Science   3   Drama   1
Humanities   3   Music   1

French OR literacy and numeracy


Distinctive features include

Extra time for students who need support with numeracy & literacy

Students who join us with attainment in English and mathematics below that expected for their age, or who have difficulties making progress in these subjects will get extra time. Rather than studying French, in their first year at the school they will have additional intensive sessions to accelerate their learning. Once they have reached expected levels, then they will start to study French again.

A 21st Century technology curriculum

We have allocated extra time to the Technology curriculum as we believe the skills and craftsmanship learned here are vital for modern day employment, as well as being great fun. Alongside the usual Design Technology subjects such as resistant materials and textiles, instead of ICT we will introduce robotics and computing to develop students problem solving, programming and analytical skills.

Our accreditations