Our vision

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
  • Honesty
  • High expectations

"Work Hard and Be Nice"

At Bedford Free School, we believe that every student is a unique individual who possesses talents and gifts that can be developed within the right learning environment. The journey may be tough, but we are prepared to work hard for our students – and we expect them to work hard in return.

Within a learning environment where high expectations in everything from achievement to attendance and behaviour are the status quo, our aim is that students who come to Bedford Free School will exceed expectations and break through any barriers to achieve their full potential.

As a new school, we won’t be burdened by unhelpful traditions or obstructive cultures. From how meal breaks are managed to the relationships between staff, students and their families, our school places each individual student’s needs at its heart. And because we are a Free School, we have the freedom and flexibility to make it happen.

Our learning is not geared solely towards exam results, but considers the enrichment and development of our students as a whole. This wider curriculum will provide our students with a more fully-rounded education that takes into account personal and social development.

As our students come to the end of their journey at Bedford Free School, they will be given the opportunity and support to make the appropriate post-16 choice for them, be it onwards to further study at sixth form, university and beyond, into apprenticeships or vocational training or employment.

Our vision is to give our students that choice, so they can make the most of their future.

Ideal for working families

Bedford Free School is ideal for working families, providing school days that fit in with modern family life. Our School teaches students between 8.30am-4.15pm, with facilities available from 8.00am-6.00pm, perfect if you want to drop off and pick up your child before and after work.

The longer school day means we can teach more to our students and improve access to education beyond the core subjects of maths, English, science, humanities, language, music, sports science and ICT.  This enhanced curriculum develops important qualities such as resilience, independence, problem-solving and leadership skills so that students leave us as fully rounded individuals ready for the world of work or higher level studies.

Our accreditations