Next week is half-term – Pupils return to school on Monday 28th October: Yr 11 Next Progress Evening & Next Steps Event – 28th Nov:

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We know that our staff make us a brilliant place for our pupils.

We work hard to recruit and retain colleagues who believe in really high expectations to join our extremely successful and happy school.

BFS GCSE results place us amongst the very top schools in the area, and we expect to be one of the best schools in the country. We are unashamedly ambitious for our students and we proudly offer a rigorous, academic curriculum supported by very strong discipline which means our teachers can concentrate on teaching without disruption.

We minimise workload including via centralised detentions, no written parental reports, minimal monitoring and a feedback policy that allows ‘no marking’.

If you are an excellent professional and support our vision and values of Respect, Honesty and High Expectations we would love to hear from you. Please get in touch even if we aren’t advertising for a role you are interested in at the moment, and you are always welcome to visit for a tour.

Small school, big curriculum, infinite possibilities.

We are a small school, where teachers and students know and look out for each other. Safeguarding children enrolled at the School is of paramount importance, and we are fully committed to the protection and safe care of our students. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK.

Job vacancies at Bedford Free School

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Why Bedford Free School?

Our Vision:

Bedford Free School aims to become a centre of educational and personal excellence for students between Year 7 and Year 11, playing a key role at the heart of the community it serves.

We have created a culture in which the highest expectations and aspirations surround all of our students, delivering on the rightful demand from parents in Bedford and Kempston for an excellent education opportunity for their children.

Our School has a positive, ‘can-do’ culture built around…

  • Respect for all
  • Honesty from all
  • High expectations

What makes us different?

“Go the extra mile”

Fundamentally underpinning everything the school does, we believe that every child, given the right circumstances, can achieve incredible things – and that to achieve this requires all of us – students, parents, Governors, team members – to go the extra mile to make this happen.

“Small school, big curriculum, infinite possibilities”

We believe that our innovative structure enables us to benefit from being deliberately small – so that every child can be truly known and supported – yet offer the big curriculum that they have the right to experience.

Culture of high expectations

We believe that provided with the right support, every child is capable of academic and personal success. Everyone in our school community will work to our culture of positive behaviour and high expectations and will be supported to attain these.

A focus on numeracy and literacy…

We believe some students struggle because they have never mastered the basics, and that the answer to this is to ensure that every child has these. As a result we are dedicating extra time and resources to numeracy and literacy.

An education in the widest sense

We offer an education that is not only academically demanding but seeks to enrich students’ lives. We offer a broad range of extra-curricular opportunities including our highly regarded electives programme, development days, Global Communities lessons and our Extended Projects programme in Year 7. We are also strongly committed to preparing our students for further education or the workplace. We run Work experience in Year 10, University visits in Y11 and hold post-16 options and careers fairs to support the transition of our students.

What are we looking for?

Our staff will:

  • Share and uphold our values of respect, honesty and high expectations
  • Believe every student is capable of the highest level of academic and personal success
  • Go the extra mile for our students and their families
  • Have the ability to inspire students to ensure they achieve the best possible individual outcomes within an aspirational environment
  • Demonstrate a commitment and desire to continually improve

What do we offer?

We are committed to supporting our staff to continually develop their practice. We invest significantly in a number of professional development programmes.


We are a small, intimate school, where teachers and students know each other and look out for each other. Safeguarding children enrolled at the School is of paramount importance, and we are fully committed to the protection and safe care of our students. The successful applicant will be required to undertake appropriate checks as well as providing proof of your right to work in the UK

Teacher training opportunities:

More of the best graduates and professionals are training to teach. That’s because there are more great reasons to pursue a career in teaching than ever before. You get the chance to inspire young people and use your skills to give something back – making sure every pupil gets the same access to a quality education and the opportunity to succeed. Plus you can benefit from financial support during your training, and once you’ve qualified you can enjoy enviable job security and a generous pension. Plus

Make a difference:

By bringing your knowledge and skills to teaching, you can make a real difference to young people’s development. There aren’t many careers that combine tangible awards with the chance to play an important role in others’ lives- but that’s exactly what teaching offers.

A great career opportunity:

The job satisfaction that comes with teaching is hard to beat. It gives you the chance to inspire the next generation and make a lasting difference to young people’s development. It’s also a career that’s full of opportunities for you to discover and hone a range of new skills. As a teacher, you’ll learn to be a brilliant mentor, manager and consultant.

For more information about teacher training please visit:

Or visit our local teacher training partners:

Volunteering and Work Experience at Bedford Free School

Volunteering in a school offers a fantastic source of work experience for those considering a career in teaching or working with young people. It is also a great way to develop communication skills that are valued by all employers, whether working with young people or not.

Volunteering in general is a great opportunity to gain experience of working with children especially if you are considering applying for teacher training. Getting some experience in a school before you apply for teacher training will not only strengthen your application, but provide you with an invaluable insight into what teaching is really like through observing classes and shadowing teachers. The time you spend in a school will be invaluable. You’ll gain a better understanding of how schools work, how you can fit into teaching, and important insights you can take into your training. It’ll also help you prepare the strongest application possible and get you fully prepared for the interview stage.

If you are interested in volunteering or work experience please complete the application below and send it with a covering letter to

Volunteering and Work Experience application form

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