Bedford Free School has announced a strong set of first GCSE results.
Before joining BFS this first cohort of students were attaining well below national and local averages when aged 11 and 13, but their exam results today should place them well above the national and town averages, with 57 per centy achieving 5 or more A*-C grades including English & Maths.
Mark Lehain, Principal said: “We are extremely satisfied with how well our students have done. They have come so far in their short time with us – some only joined us in Year 10 - but embracing how we do things at BFS transformed their grades.
“Our smaller school, longer day and focus on the basics have all played their part in helping boost students’ performance – especially in the vital subjects of English & Maths. Both in terms of attainment and progress, the outcomes are impressive.
“That said, this is just a starting point for us as a school. We now have solid evidence that what we do here works, but we know we can and must get even better. We expect our students results to go up even more in the coming years – especially given that from 2017 we will have had cohorts all the way from Year 7.”
Nigel Syson, Chair of Governors said: “These first results are a testimony to the hard work by all of those involved in Bedford Free School, from its inception in 2010, to its opening in 2012, through to the exams this summer. They show that high expectations, firm discipline, and a commitment to the local community pay dividends. The Governors would like to congratulate all of the students receiving results. They also want to thank students’ families and many other members of the local community for their support along the way and for placing their trust in the school in its early days. ”
Continuing, Mark Lehain said: “We could only have opened the school with the backing of local parents and the wider community.