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Bedford Free School

Bedford Free School
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The quality of education Outstanding
Behaviour and attitudes Outstanding
Personal development Outstanding
Leadership and management Outstanding
Previous inspection grade Good
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Bedford Free School is a top rated, Secondary, Co-Ed school located in Bedfordshire, East of England.

It has 508 students from age 11-16 yr with a student-teacher ratio of 15 : 1.

This school rated Outstanding by recent Ofsted inspection.

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Bedford Free School is a public school founded in 2012 by educators, families, and other community members. The founders were adamant about changing the educational scene for the better. We still demonstrate that tenacity in all we do. Like all public institutions, Bedford Free School accepts students of all income and academic ability. We submit our students for GCSEs, have Ofsted supervise and inspect us, and league tables are published with our exam results. Therefore, much like all other schools, BFS' performance is closely scrutinised to provide parents peace of mind that their kids are receiving an excellent education. But there are certain significant variations that, in our opinion, set Bedford Free School apart. Concerned parents and educators from the neighbourhood began a campaign in 2012 to change something about a Bedford and Kempston school. Smaller year groups, longer school days that fit well with contemporary family life, and a genuine dedication to getting learning right are all things parents expressed they desired for their children's education. Local residents helped establish and create Bedford Free School. Mark Lehain, the first principal (2012–2017), is a local. He sends his eldest child to BFS, and the current Executive Principal, Stuart Lock, agrees with him that if it isn't good enough for his own child, it isn't good enough.
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Phase of Education Secondary Secondary
Type Free Schools Free Schools
Snobe grade
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C-
Ofset report Outstanding -
Age range 11-16 11-19
Gender Co-Ed Co-Ed
Student teacher ratio 15.7 16.8
Proficient Math - -
Proficient Read - -
Grade 5 or above GCSE - -
Grade 5 or above A Level - -
Day Fees - -
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Bedford Free School Reviews
3 (1 review)
Let's start with planners in hands, no. I know this girl she had a broken arm guess what ? They still made her put her planner up . The stairs are very tiring overall this school is very very good
Secondary Exam Result

Exam Result Not Published

Due to the pandemic, 2020 and 2021 Secondary school exam
results were not published at school level.

Discover school's performance with the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 scores. Attainment 8 reflects pupil achievement in 8 qualifications, while Progress 8 measures their progress from key stage 2 to 4, compared to peers across England.

School scores School Description
Progress 8 score 0.89 This score shows how much progress pupils at this school made across 8 qualifications between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4.
Attainment 8 score 54.6 Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications.

Explore the percentage of pupils who attained grade 5 or higher & grade 4 or higher in their English and math GCSEs. This metric reflects their proficiency in these fundamental subjects.

GCSE Results School LA England
Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSEs 56% 27.95% 32.7%
Grade 4 or above in English & Maths GCSEs 81% 43.41% 45.19%

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) ensures your child's well-rounded education. It includes essential subjects like English, math, sciences, languages, and humanities.

EBacc Results School LA England
Entering EBacc 92% 21.95% 24.79%
Achieving the EBacc at grade 5 or above 47% 9.86% 12.93%
Achieving the EBacc at grade 4 or above 65% 13.64% 17.08%
EBacc average points score 5.26 2.74 2.96

Find out where our Key Stage 4 graduates are going next. Explore their different paths after finishing school – whether it's sixth form, starting work, or other adventures as they move forward.

Pupil destinations School LA England
Pupils staying in education or employment 95% 88.33% 90.4%
Total number of pupils included in destination measures 97 129 140
Pupils staying in education 94% 86.07% 86.28%
Further education college or other further education provider 56% 41.6% 34.05%
School sixth forms 32% 34.4% 30.7%
Sixth form colleges 3% 0.2% 10.42%
Other education destinations 3% 10% 11.13%
Pupils in apprenticeships 0% 0.93% 1.99%
Pupils staying in employment 1% 1.2% 2.15%

Exam Result Not Published

Due to the pandemic, 2020 and 2021 Secondary school exam
results were not published at school level.

Exam Result Not Published

Due to the pandemic, 2020 and 2021 Secondary school exam
results were not published at school level.

Discover school's performance with the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 scores. Attainment 8 reflects pupil achievement in 8 qualifications, while Progress 8 measures their progress from key stage 2 to 4, compared to peers across England.

School scores School Description
Progress 8 score 0.8 This score shows how much progress pupils at this school made across 8 qualifications between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4.
Attainment 8 score 48.8 Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications.

Explore the percentage of pupils who attained grade 5 or higher & grade 4 or higher in their English and math GCSEs. This metric reflects their proficiency in these fundamental subjects.

GCSE Results School LA England
Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSEs 42% 1 15.29% 29.2%
Grade 4 or above in English & Maths GCSEs 63% 1 27.67% 43.32%

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) ensures your child's well-rounded education. It includes essential subjects like English, math, sciences, languages, and humanities.

EBacc Results School LA England
Entering EBacc 84% 13% 25.72%
Achieving the EBacc at grade 5 or above 35% 7 5.24% 11.41%
Achieving the EBacc at grade 4 or above 50% 5 7.67% 16.42%
EBacc average points score 4.82 2.01 2.88

Find out where our Key Stage 4 graduates are going next. Explore their different paths after finishing school – whether it's sixth form, starting work, or other adventures as they move forward.

Pupil destinations School LA England
Pupils staying in education or employment 89% 85.25% 90.21%
Total number of pupils included in destination measures 97 151 135
Pupils staying in education 86% 80.42% 84.05%
Further education college or other further education provider 68% 34.92% 33.37%
School sixth forms 15% 29.08% 31.09%
Sixth form colleges 0% 0.08% 8.47%
Other education destinations 2% 16% 11.15%
Pupils in apprenticeships 0% 2.42% 3.4%
Pupils staying in employment 3% 2.5% 2.77%

Discover school's performance with the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 scores. Attainment 8 reflects pupil achievement in 8 qualifications, while Progress 8 measures their progress from key stage 2 to 4, compared to peers across England.

School scores School Description
Progress 8 score 0.38 This score shows how much progress pupils at this school made across 8 qualifications between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4.
Attainment 8 score 46.5 Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications.

Explore the percentage of pupils who attained grade 5 or higher & grade 4 or higher in their English and math GCSEs. This metric reflects their proficiency in these fundamental subjects.

GCSE Results School LA England
Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSEs 41% 5 16.9% 29.12%
Grade 4 or above in English & Maths GCSEs 64% 3 26.9% 42.54%

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) ensures your child's well-rounded education. It includes essential subjects like English, math, sciences, languages, and humanities.

EBacc Results School LA England
Entering EBacc 84% 14.95% 24.65%
Achieving the EBacc at grade 5 or above 28% 6 5.1% 11.25%
Achieving the EBacc at grade 4 or above 45% 22 8.3% 15.92%
EBacc average points score 4.54 1.95 2.84

Find out where our Key Stage 4 graduates are going next. Explore their different paths after finishing school – whether it's sixth form, starting work, or other adventures as they move forward.

Pupil destinations School LA England
Pupils staying in education or employment 88% 84.6% 84.85%
Total number of pupils included in destination measures 95 171 140
Pupils staying in education 87% 71.4% 73.87%
Further education college or other further education provider 76% 36.2% 28.39%
School sixth forms 12% 31.8% 31.43%
Sixth form colleges 0% 0% 9.1%
Other education destinations 0% 10.3% 5.91%
Pupils in apprenticeships - 2.1% 2.97%
Pupils staying in employment - 1.4% 2.07%

Discover school's performance with the Attainment 8 and Progress 8 scores. Attainment 8 reflects pupil achievement in 8 qualifications, while Progress 8 measures their progress from key stage 2 to 4, compared to peers across England.

School scores School Description
Progress 8 score 0.18 This score shows how much progress pupils at this school made across 8 qualifications between the end of key stage 2 and the end of key stage 4.
Attainment 8 score 47.5 Schools get a score based on how well pupils have performed in up to 8 qualifications.

Explore the percentage of pupils who attained grade 5 or higher & grade 4 or higher in their English and math GCSEs. This metric reflects their proficiency in these fundamental subjects.

GCSE Results School LA England
Grade 5 or above in English & Maths GCSEs 36% 16.53% 29.45%
Grade 4 or above in English & Maths GCSEs 61% 28.63% 43.01%

The English Baccalaureate (EBacc) ensures your child's well-rounded education. It includes essential subjects like English, math, sciences, languages, and humanities.

EBacc Results School LA England
Entering EBacc 49% 14.21% 25.18%
Achieving the EBacc at grade 5 or above 22% 6.32% 14.63%
Achieving the EBacc at grade 4 or above 23% 6.89% 16.18%
EBacc average points score - - -

Find out where our Key Stage 4 graduates are going next. Explore their different paths after finishing school – whether it's sixth form, starting work, or other adventures as they move forward.

Pupil destinations School LA England
Pupils staying in education or employment 90% 75.2% 85.17%
Total number of pupils included in destination measures 87 173 144
Pupils staying in education 86% 63.5% 58.13%
Further education college or other further education provider 68% 36.2% 30.58%
School sixth forms 16% 33% 32.04%
Sixth form colleges - 0% 8.99%
Other education destinations - 2.3% 5.68%
Pupils in apprenticeships 7% 3.8% 4.78%
Pupils staying in employment 3% 2.3% 2.46%
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Holidays 2023/24

Holidays Date
Autumn Half Term Holidays 23rd Oct 2023 - 30th Oct 2023
Winter Holidays 20th Dec 2023 - 3rd Jan 2024
Spring Half Term Holidays 19th Feb 2024 - 23rd Feb 2024
Spring Holidays 29th Mar 2024 - 15th Apr 2024
Summer Half Term Holidays 27th May 2024 - 31st May 2024
Summer Holidays 22nd Jul 2024 - 2nd Sep 2024

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Autumn Term 4th Sep 2023 - 22nd Oct 2023
Autumn Term-2 31st Oct 2023 - 19th Dec 2023
Spring Term 4th Jan 2024 - 18th Feb 2024
Spring Term-2 24th Feb 2024 - 28th Mar 2024
Summer Term 16th Apr 2024 - 26th May 2024
Summer Term-2 1st Jun 2024 - 21st Jul 2024
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15 : 1
Student teacher ratio at Bedford Free School
Local authority ratio 19 : 1

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