Mark Rutherford School
Welcome to Mark Rutherford

Ofsted Inspection
Good in all areas “This is a Good School”

That was the verdict of Ofsted inspectors following a full inspection of
Mark Rutherford School on the 14 and 15 November 2012

Click here to read the full report



Foodbank Friday:

On the last Friday of every month, tutors will be collecting contributions to the Bedford Foodbank.  Every student who can, is asked to bring one item.  The next collection will be, Friday, 28th March, then every last Friday of the month.

Donations could include:
Milk (UHT), sugar, fruit juice cartons, soup (tinned or cup-a-soup), pasta, pasta sauces, baked beans, spaghetti, vegetables (tinned), fruit (tinned), breakfast cereals, rice pudding (tinned), tea bags, instant coffee, potatoes (tinned or instant), rice, meat (tinned), fish (tinned), jam, biscuits, snack bars, nappies, toiletries.



Following feedback from members of the public and the road safety team at Borough Hall


Please continue to be polite to car drivers as you cross Wentworth Drive on your way into school.

Please follow the directions of all Lollipop people if you are cycling near the Lower and

Middle schools- if you are asked to stop, you must stop.


Please drop students off in the laybys at either side of the school, or use the side roads.

Please avoid dropping students by stopping on the Hazard markings or at the crossings.

Please do not drive onto school site to drop off without prior arrangement with the school

(for example if you child has a fracture and is on crutches).

Thank you all very much for your continued support with making this school and the surrounding

road a safer environment for everyone.


Business Partnership

Our next Business Partnership Breakfast meeting is on the 19th March and is focussing on the Creative Arts

If you are a student studying Art, Photography or Graphic Arts GSCE or A level; this is an opportunity to come along and meet and network with Employers, Businesses and Organisations in this field. An ideal chance to make contacts for Work Experience; Summer Jobs or just to chat to employers; will look good on CVs and UCAS forms! For more details speak to Mrs Unwin or Mrs Reilly in the SP4L.

Parents – do you work in this field? If you would like to get invoved, we would love to hear from you.

We would love to hear from any businesses or organisations involved in Creative Arts too!


Mark Rutherford School is an academy. There are approximately 1250 students on roll, aged between 11 and 19 years.  In the main, pupils live in North Bedford and the nearby villages.

Standing in 18 acres of playing fields at the edge of the town, the school has good facilities for sport including a sports hall and all-weather tennis courts.  Specialist accommodation is provided for Music (including provision for Music Technology), Drama Theatre and purpose-built studio, Dance (a performance area), Computing and Design Technology.  The school has eleven Science laboratories and a suite of Art & Design and Modern Foreign Language rooms.  There is an excellent Space 4 Learning and Careers provision whilst Sixth Form students have their own suite of rooms for independent study purposes. 

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.


Pupil Premium Plus

As you may be aware the government are introducing an addition to the pupil premium funding from April 2014, called Pupil Premium Plus. This provides funding for pupils who:  

  • have been looked after for one day or more
  • ceased to be looked after through adoption
  • ceased to be looked after through a special guardianship order or a residence order

In order for the school to access the funding we need parents/guardians to inform the school of these circumstances. However this is not obligatory and it is completely at parent’s discretion. If you choose to inform the school, please call Mrs Garner on 01234 290210 as soon as possible.

Please note this matter will be dealt with in complete confidence.


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March 20, 2014

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