Pastoral support for Years 10 &11
PA to SLT/ Operations Assistant
Sarah has an NVQ2 in Business & Administration.
Sarah has had a variety of jobs over the last 35 years, mainly office based. Seven years with Reuters as Team Leader of Historical Equities Data which she enjoyed immensely and gave her the chance to work in London, a brief spell in Paris but mainly based in Tiverton overlooking the lovely Devon countryside. Took a career break to raise her daughter, then back to the throng of office life.
She started at Bedford Free School Jan 2015
Sarah enjoys the fact that no two days are ever the same. If you’re feeling a bit down or stressed, you can always rely on the fact that at least one of the students will say something during the day that makes you laugh out loud!
Shona was a student at Dame Alice Harpur school in Bedford achieving 10 GCSE’s (7 A*-A). She went on to achieve 3 distinctions* in Public Services and an A in a-level Psychology. Shona then graduated at the University of Bedfordshire with distinction in a foundation degree Psychology and Crime. Shona is currently completing her third year at the University of Bedfordshire for a BA honours degree in Psychology and Criminal Behaviour. She has worked in several areas of employment including a supervisory role at New look, Accountant at a Property Maintenance business and a Supervisor in a Nightclub. Shona joined Bedford Free School in 2012 as homework club supervisor, progressing to a Learning Mentor in 2013 and becoming a CCF cadet instructor with our partnership school Bedford Modern in 2014.
Shona enjoys a challenge. She believes that every child can fulfil their ambitions with support and guidance. BFS provides excellent opportunities for students to achieve.
Pastoral Support for Years 8 & 9
Pastoral Support Coordinator for Year 7, Transition and Admissions
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Learning Mentor & Librarian
Rob’s education began at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardy… or he wishes it did. After going to school in Bristol he went to the University of Hertfordshire where he graduated with a first-class degree in English Literature with Film.
He originally trained as a Primary School teacher, before switching to Secondary when he became a founding member of the Learning Mentor team when Bedford Free School opened. He runs the World’s Greatest School Library© and now teaches Computing to all of KS3.
Rob became a teacher as he believes that through schooling, education, and reading then any child can be given an inspiring start in life that can equip them with the tools necessary to do everything they could want to do in life.
Computers are becoming the dominant force in the world of technology and innovation, and being able to use them to create amazing things is a deeply satisfying experience.
This year Rob is working on ensuring that ‘STAR’ is fully embedded within all of his lessons. He is also trying to use ‘Positive framing’ and ‘Exit tickets’ in order to ensure all students feel confident in the subject and so that he can gain lesson-by-lesson feedback on how the students are doing.