Applause from Education Minister

Monday 2 December 2013

Bedford College Principal and CEO Ian Pryce joined the group that met Michael Gove, the Secretary of State for Education, at Bedford Free School on Friday 29th November. 

Bedford College project-managed the school, helping a dream for Kempston and Bedford parents become a reality when it opened in September 2012. 

Meeting with Governors, staff and parents as well as heads of other schools, Mr Gove was taken on a tour of the premises by pupils and he applauded a series of presentations. Richard Fuller MP, who championed the school, joined the event.

Bedford Free School is one of the new style schools not run by local authorities but instead by parents and teachers supported by expert Governors. The school admits pupils from the age of 11, as per the two tier primary/ junior system which is spreading across Bedfordshire.

Small, with a maximum of 100 in each year group, Bedford Free School now owns its refurbished four-storey building in Cauldwell Street, Bedford which is easily accessible by pupils using public transport, walking or cycling.

Chair of Bedford Free School Governors Nigel Syson said: “The important thing is that the school which was demanded by parents is now proving it is providing a quality level of state education for pupils. We have a steady stream of parents who, when they understand what a Free School means, want to join us.”