The School day

The School day

A longer school day

Central to delivering our School’s enhanced curriculum is the need for more contact time with our students, which is why Bedford Free School operates an extended school day consisting of six hours’ teaching time.

A longer school day allows us to teach more to our students and improves access to education beyond the core curriculum, ensuring that all pupils participate in our full range of opportunities.

We realise that when optional after-school activities are organised in traditional schools, barriers such as extra fees or transport difficulties mean that there are some students who will not get the chance to take part. By providing this enhanced curriculum as a compulsory part of our school day, we can be sure that all students enrolled at Bedford Free School will benefit.

Timetable

The School will teach students between 8.30am–4.00pm, with facilities available from 8.00am–6.00pm as part of our enhanced curriculum.

A longer school day allows the School to offer the extra learning opportunities that will lead our students to excellence, as well as providing parents with a better fit between their children’s school-life and work or other commitments.

Here’s what a school week looks like…

Monday-Thursday

7.45am – 8.25am

Pupils arrive/ Breakfast club

8.25am

Line up

8.30am – 9.00am

Morning meeting or Tutor time to include:

  • Morning Registration
  • Homework logging
  • Assemblies
  • Preparation for the day’s activities
  • Group tutorials

9.00am -9.50am

Lesson 1

9.50am -10.40am

Lesson 2

10.40am-11am

BREAK

11am- 11.50am

Lesson 3

11.50am-12.40pm

Lesson 4

12.40pm-13.10pm

LUNCH 1/DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)

13.10pm-13.40pm

LUNCH 2/DEAR

13.40pm- 14.30pm

Lesson 5

14.30pm-15.20pm

Lesson 6
15.20pm - 16.00pm Prep (students do homework)

16.00pm-18.00pm

After school support to include:

  • Homework support
  • Revision sessions
  • Drop in Tutorials
  • Individual study activities
  • Library and ICT facilities

 

 

Friday

7.45am – 8.25am

Pupils arrive/ Breakfast club

8.25am

Line up

8.30am – 9.00am

Morning Meeting/Tutor time to include:

  • Morning Registration
  • Homework logging
  • Assemblies
  • Preparation for the day’s activities
  • Group tutorials

9.00am -9.50am

Lesson 1

9.50am -10.40am

Lesson 2

10.40am-11am

BREAK

11am- 11.50am

Lesson 3

11.50am-12.40pm

Lesson 4

12.40pm-13.10pm

Prep time

13.10pm-13.40pm

LUNCH 1/DEAR (Drop Everything And Read)

13.40pm-14.10pm

LUNCH 2/DEAR

14.10pm-15.15pm

Lesson 5 
15.15pm Golden Time

15.15pm- 5pm

After school support to include:

  • Homework support
  • Revision sessions
  • Drop in Tutorials
  • Individual study activities
  • Library and ICT facilities

 

School meals

Our teaching staff eat together with students, encouraging a more social and intimate relationship between staff and pupils. We believe that communal activities such as mealtimes are important and powerful experiences that help to shape and develop children’s conversational and social skills.

Uniform

We want our students to take pride in our School, and this includes pride in their appearance. As a result, we have designed a smart, traditional, professional uniform that reflects the values of Bedford Free School. Find out more about our uniform.

Our accreditations