And the winner is….:

BFS students won in 4 categories & placed 2nd in 2 more at the Bedfordshire Festival of Music, Speech & Drama

New Website:

Welcome to our new fantastic website!

Aspire to Engineer:

This year the theme was genetic engineering & BFS came Runners-Up – Congratulations to all involved

Year 9:

Year 9 Options Evening – Thursday 21st March


Our Curriculum

Our curriculum, like everything at Bedford Free School, is guided by our values of respect, honesty and high expectations. This means we hold dear the belief that every single child and young person at our school is capable of achieving something great. By providing a rigorous, academic curriculum that is rich in carefully sequenced knowledge, our goal is enable pupils to take their place in the community of educated citizens.


Respect is embodied in our curriculum through the high value we place on subjects and our teachers as experts in their subject areas. We want our pupils to have access to the best that has been thought and said, and with this in mind our teachers think carefully about what to teach and how best to teach it. We want pupils’ future options to be wide, so we do not narrow the curriculum. Instead, we ensure pupils are exposed to a wide body of knowledge through a full Key Stage Three curriculum over years 7, 8 and 9.  We are not just concerned with preparing pupils for GCSE success: we also think carefully about those pupils whose formal study of a subject will come to an end in Year 9, and prioritise the knowledge that create well-rounded, well-educated individuals.


Honesty is demonstrated through our evidence informed approach to planning and teaching. We believe pupils are more likely to remember all they have learned if the delivery of that knowledge has been carefully sequenced and planned. We work hard to ensure our curriculum is coherent, with learning building over time, which enables pupils to attach new knowledge to old in a manner that is efficient and sustainable. This means our pupils make good progress through our curriculum and are well prepared for their next level of study.


High Expectations are evident through the rigorous academic focus of our curriculum. At GCSE level, the vast majority are entered for, and perform very well in, EBacc subjects. By ensuring broad coverage of academic subjects, we ensure all pupils of Bedford Free School are not only prepared for GCSE but for life afterwards, including sixth form study and a great university for those who wish to pursue such a goal.

Academic Curriculum Overview

The courses within this part of the timetable are traditional subjects. We use the National Curriculum as a starting point for the content we teach and teachers assess pupil progress using assessments that are twice-yearly.

A pupil’s timetabled lessons hence looks like this over two weeks:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
English & Literature 10 9 8 10 10
Maths 10 9 8 9 9
Biology, Chemistry & Physics 6 6 6 9* 9*
Languages 6 6 6 6 6
History 4 4 4 6** 6**
Geography 4 4 4 6** 6**
Art 2 2 4## 6** 6**
Music 4# 4# 4## 6** 6**
Drama 4# 4# 4## 6** 6**
Technology (Graphics) 1 2 4## 6** 6**
Computing 1 2 4## 6** 6**
RE 2 2 2 6** 6**
PE 4 4 4
Electives 4 4 4 4 4
  • Pupils who take Triple Science in key stage 4 also have over two hours extra compulsory science.
  • ** pupils currently take three of these subjects in key stage 4.
  • *** PE can also be taken as an option, making this 8 lessons a fortnight.
  • # music and drama taught on a carousel in year 7 and 8 for a total of 4 lessons a fortnight.
  • ## pupils study three of the five subjects here for four lessons a fortnight.

Distinctive features of our curriculum include:

Additional and support for pupils who need it.

Pupils who join us with attainment in English and mathematics below that expected for their age, or who have difficulties making progress in  subjects will get extra support. These pupils receive additional intensive sessions to accelerate their learning, including, guided reading, an intensive reading program, Lexia and Prep support.

An unashamedly academic curriculum

We have very high expectations, and hence if pupils are struggling, we offer support and intervention to meet our very high bars. We think all pupils are entitled to academic subjects and we have very high expectations of all of them.

All of our pupils take mathematics, literature, English, biology, chemistry, physics, a modern language and humanities right through to age 16, regardless of their ability. This academic base is a right at Bedford Free School.

Core curriculum - Academic

bedford free school september transition

Alongside traditional academic subjects, such as  maths, English, science, history, geography, religious education, languages, music, sports and computing, pupils are also entitled to a broad and balanced curriculum including art, music, drama and design technology.

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Enhanced curriculum - Electives

Enhanced Curriculum

A fundamental aim of the School is to develop students as fully-rounded individuals. The school provides enrichment and extracurricular opportunities as part of the normal school day. Students have two extended periods called electives. This is a rich programme of sporting and enrichment activities, leadership projects, clubs and community-based service.

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Example timetables

Example Timetables

View some example timetables showing the way our curriculum is spread across the school day.

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