We don’t just have high expectations for our students – they apply to our teaching staff too.
Bedford Free School is committed to employing exceptional education professionals who share the vision and values of our School.
From teaching staff to learning mentors, only individuals who firmly believe in, and are prepared to commit to ‘Going the Extra Mile’ by supporting and teaching students to achieve to the very best of their ability are welcomed into the Bedford Free School community.
Bedford Free School employs very well qualified teachers who can deliver excellent sequences of knowledge driven lessons as standard. We insist and develop our staff to teach using the most up to date teaching methodology and they act as role models to inspire and challenge pupil aspirations.
At our School, staff are more than simply teachers – offering advice and support that doesn’t stop at the school gates.
Thanks to our enhanced curriculum and extended time in tutor groups, our staff develop much more personal relationships with their students, getting to know them as individuals, and being there for support throughout their school journey.
Students who are absent from school are supported to catch up with their work within the school day in a calm, supportive and supervised environment.
Attendance at Bedford Free School
We know that for our students to gain the greatest benefits from their education, it is vital that they attend school daily. We expect our students to attend on time (lined up on the playground by 8.25am) every day unless the reason for absence is absolutely unavoidable. It is very important that parents/carers recognise their responsibility to ensure their child attends school regularly and on time.
We aim for 100% attendance for every one of our students i.e. to attend school every single day it is open.
You may think that 90% or 95% sounds like a high figure but to put this in perspective: whilst gaining 90% in an exam is great, for attendance it is not good at all.
90% attendance = ½ a day a week missed
90% attendance = 4 weeks missed every school year
90% attendance = ½ a school year missed every 5 years
On average, if attendance drops to 90% students see an entire grade drop in each of their GCSE subjects!
Support for absence
What to do if there is a problem with your son/daughter’s attendance…
In order to help you understand the importance of excellent attendance, please refer to the Bedford Free School Attendance Diamond below. This outlines how we will deal with attendance as a school.
Who to contact for support:-
The Form Tutor or Pastoral Support Leader should be the first point of contact should you have any concerns about your child getting into school.
At Bedford Free School, we believe all parents should be closely involved in their child’s education, helping the School and our teaching staff to form a greater and more personal understanding of a student’s home life.
To help you get more involved, the School holds regular discussions with parents, their children and our teaching staff to talk about students’ academic and personal progress. In addition, we provide reports every term on each student’s performance as a whole. The Principal also meets parents in a regular Parents’ Forum.
Furthermore, to encourage greater communication and involvement between the School and parents, Bedford Free School has a higher-than-average number of parent governors on the governing body.
Central to developing positive relationships between the school and home is our Home/School Agreement, which parents of every student at Bedford Free School are expected to sign and stick to.
The Home/School Agreement sets out the expectations that you and your child can expect from the school, as well as the participation and support that the School expects from home. We are all committed to creating and providing a learning environment in which our students can achieve their potential – this includes not just school life, but extends to home life too.
At our school, we believe that the better we know our students, their parents, and the family around them, the more effective we can be in developing learning that suits the individual student.
Bedford Free School is fully committed to supporting pupils who have been identified as having a Special Educational Need. We have an outstanding learning support team and also provide all the appropriate facilities and resources that ensure a high-quality education is experienced by all. Find out more.
The high expectations set by Bedford Free School extend to the behaviour of our students.
We have fostered a culture within the School where respect between and amongst students and staff is held in the highest regard. Our aim is for students to graduate from the School as active and aware members of society, with high standards of behaviour.
Although undesirable, the School will be prepared to take decisive action if a pupil proves disruptive even after our attempts to resolve ongoing problems, with exclusion considered as a last resort.
The safety and wellbeing of our students, and their expectation of and right to a positive learning environment, are crucial to the Bedford Free School vision and will not be compromised.