Core curriculum at Bedford Free School

Core curriculum

Bedford Free School is committed to providing a high-quality academic experience, teaching our students core academic subjects with particular emphasis on maths, English, science and languages, extending to humanities, music, sports science and ICT.

In addition, literacy and numeracy will be prioritised and fully embedded throughout both the Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 curriculum timetables, ensuring that all students are equipped with the basic building blocks for learning.

Numeracy & Literacy Intervention Programme

Our expectation is that all of our students will be able to make the post-16 choice that is right for them. Continuing into further or ultimately higher education will require the highest standards of attainment in English and maths, and at Bedford Free School we are determined to achieve this for all of our students.

The Programme will provide students with a fantastic starting point as they begin their GCSE education, increasing the chances of achieving A to C grade results, and allowing graduating students to take the opportunities that fantastic Key Stage 4 success can bring.

On entry to the school, the literacy and numeracy ability of all students will be assessed. Those students identified as needing extra help will be placed on an individual programme of intensive learning, developing their skills quickly and effectively to match, as a minimum, the expected standard for their age.

Key Stage 3

The focus of our curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9 is the development of our students across a broad range of skills, utilising the extended school day and enhanced curriculum that are key to delivering the Bedford Free School vision.

We are committed to equipping students with the best possible skills and highest standards of achievement in Key Stage 3, so they can make the choices that they want to make at Key Stage 4.

Key Stage 4

As students move into their GCSE studies during Years 10 and 11, there will continue to be a strong emphasis on English, maths, science and languages. We are determined to ensure that upon leaving Bedford Free School, every student is fully prepared to enter further study or employment.

In addition, the ability to work with our partner organisations such as Bedford College to offer high quality diplomas, vocational training and foundation learning, as well as the wider education our students will experience as a result of our enhanced curriculum, are both key elements in delivering the School vision: developing academically outstanding students who are also fully-rounded individuals, prepared for their career and life journey.

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