Student support

Supporting our students

Teachers

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 technicians, only individuals who firmly believe in, and are prepared to commit to, supporting and teaching students beyond a traditional school education are welcomed into the Bedford Free School community.

Bedford Free School employs inspiring teachers who deliver outstanding learning as standard and are able to teach across the school curriculum, acting 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 vertical 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.

Individual Learning Plans (ILP)

In order to effectively track our students’ progress and develop a more personalised learning experience, the School utilises ILPs. These are ‘live’, regularly updated documents that guide and record students’ learning throughout their time at Bedford Free School.

Each student has their own ILP, developed and agreed between the student, their parents, teachers, and any appropriate support staff. The ILP not only allows the School and home to discover how a student has been performing, but also enables us to adapt students’ targets and the future path of their learning to match their individual ability.

Developing students as a whole is at the heart of the School vision, and just as personal development plays an important role in our wider curriculum, the ILP also covers each student’s progress beyond academic performance alone.

Parents

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.

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.

Home/School Agreement

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 participate with.

The Home/School Agreement sets out the education 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.

Special Educational Needs (SEN)

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.

Discipline & Behaviour

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.

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