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Exam Letter May 2016

2nd Exam Letter May 2016

Mark Rutherford School is a GOOD school

Congratulations to staff, students and parents/carers on a very successful Ofsted result

Recently the school underwent a one day inspection by Ofsted. It was a very positive visit with the school being told that it continues to be good. A variety of areas were looked at including safeguarding, leadership, behaviour, pupil progress and attendance. Below are some of the comments made by Ofsted in the summary report.

  • Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school.
  • Pupils' attitudes to their lessons are very positive, and they enjoy positive relationships with teachers. This means lessons are calm and productive. Pupils work hard.
  • Pupils take care with their presentation and their pride in their work is apparent.
  • Current pupils are making good progress across the school. Evidence in pupils' books show that work is of a good standard across a range of subjects.
  • Outcomes in the sixth form have improved considerably since the last inspection.
  • Sixth formers have a high profile in the school. Many take on mentoring roles and recognise the importance of supporting younger pupils. Inspectors spoke with sixth formers in meetings and around the school. They were very positive about the guidance and support they receive, and about the school on the whole; one described it as being 'like a family-a very happy family'.
  • The sixth form thrive in a very positive learning environment.
To read the full feedback from Ofsted click here.
To read the letter to parents and carers click here.
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Mark Rutherford Success at the Bedford Festival of Speech and Drama

Recently students from all years at Mark Rutherford were lucky enough to take part in the Bedford Festival of Speech and Drama. Vienna Wolter and Georgina Muckle did extremely well and came first in the vocal duet category, bringing back to school a trophy! Devon Banghard won piano in the 20th and 21st centuries and Lizzie Barton won flute duet. Congratulations to all involved! What fantastic wins!


Mark Rutherford School featured in the new FundEd magazine

A new organisation to help schools with fundraising has published their first magazine, FundEd. Mark Rutherford School is represented in two articles - Rutherford Racers are a case study in a STEAM article on page 18 and the Business Partnership has a two page spread on pages 45-46. Click on this link to read more.


Chamber Awards 2015

Bedford school wins Business and Education Partnership Award

Chamber Awards

Mark Rutherford School, a member of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating after winning the Business and Education Partnership award at the British Chambers of Commerce's annual Chamber Awards 2015. The Chamber Awards, now in its 12th year, is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities.

The judges praised the school for its 'Mark Rutherford Business Partnership' programme, which comprises 160 local businesses and community organisations, and focuses on supporting the successful transition of young people from education to the world of work.

In addition, the school has developed a Business Mentor Programme, which pairs students with local business mentors. This programme has led to improvements in pupil achievement and helped students to see the opportunities available to them post-education.

Nora Senior, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

"Bridging the gap between the worlds of education and work is vital for empowering tomorrow's workforce with the skills that businesses need. Mark Rutherford School proves that with hard work and strategic vision business and education partnerships can be a success."


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Mission Statement

We believe that every child is unique.  Our aim is to provide broad, balanced, personalised learning experiences that will enable them to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution and to achieve economic well being.

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May 24, 2016

Mark Rutherford School
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