Student Services


For start in Y7 in September 2020

If you have not received a new starter pack please contact the school ASAP.

It is vital that we have a current email address in order to communicate effectively during this time.

Moving from Primary to Secondary school is an exciting and significant event in the life of your child and often can be quite stressful, for both parents and students alike. We have been waiting on guidance from the government as to how transition for this September can be best managed given the situation we all find ourselves in however, at this stage there is still no clear picture of what the remainder of this school year will look like. We are very mindful of the unanswered questions you may have and we are continually looking at ways we can best manage this situation.

Unfortunately it is extremely unlikely that we will be able to do the activities we would normally do to support you and your child; such as transfer days, small group tours and meetings with parents. It also means we will have to cancel the "meet the tutor evening" on Monday 15th June but are hoping to be able to do something later on in the academic year. We will be sending out information in alternative formats such as video introductions and guides to the school. We hope to have subject information available through our website by the middle of June. We will also be sending everything to our primary schools so they can share within the school if necessary. As we get information from either local or national government we will continue to update you.

We will also be liaising further with your child's primary school to look at activities they can be doing to help alleviate concerns after half term. We will also be sending out information and a "top tips" guide to help you and your child get ready for the move to secondary school.

We do not know at this stage if there will be a national plan for the start of next academic year but we are hoping to be able to do activities for just Year 7 to support your child with settling in before our current students then join. This will give them some time with staff to help them become familiar with the school.

As we continue to update you over next half term it is important we have accurate information, especially email addresses. If you have not returned the new starter pack can you please do so as a matter of urgency.

We hope that you and your family stay safe and well and we look forward to meeting you all as soon as possible.


Activities and resources to support transition:




Videos introducing you to aspects of the school



Since 2010 we have welcomed Year 7 students into the school. All students will have teachers who have experience of delivering the reformed new GCSEs.

We know there are lots of things on your mind when your child moves to another school and we want you to feel at ease.

Here are some of the positive comments made by our Year 7 students when they started in September:

"Mark Rutherford is great because all members of staff welcomed me and made me feel comfortable in starting this new school."

"I thought I would get lost, but everyone is there to help you get to lessons. All my teachers are very welcoming when you come into their lessons, and they help you settle in. My first week was very good."

"I found joining Mark Rutherford quite easy because all of the staff were really helpful and if I was lost there was always a teacher or another student to tell me where to go. Also, all of the lessons are really fun and enjoyable. Especially English because my teacher is really fun."

"When I started at Mark Rutherford I was the only person to go to this school from my middle school and it was really scary to enter the school because I hardly knew anyone but as I settled in I got to know people and make friends."

We have answered below some of the questions that are asked regularly by students. We hope that these will help to alleviate any concerns that you may have:

Frequently asked Questions:

1. Will I be with my friends in a Tutor group?
  Our Tutor groups are Vertical. That is we have Students from Years 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 in each group. In order to foster new friendships and encourage indepedence we mix students from all primary schools together.

2. Will I be with my friends in lessons?
  You will meet up with many friends in all your classes and it is likely you will be with other students from your primary school that you know.

3. Which House will I be in?
  We do not know yet. We will decide this after visits to all primary schools.

4. Can I be with my older Brother/Sister?
  Yes, if you would like to be. You must let me know now, but Sixth Form students have separate tutor groups.

5. Do we get a fresh start at Mark Rutherford?
  Yes, everyone does. However, we do have your records from primary school about attendance and behaviour.

6. Are there lots of extra Curricular Activities?
  Yes, there are many after school activities and some lunchtime (due to having a split lunch it is difficult to offer lunchtime activities). This is your chance to try something new and to challenge yourself.

7. Will I get lost at Mark Rutherford?
  Yes, you may do in the first few days. But there will be lots of people to help you and you do have a map with your planner.

8. What time does school start?
  We begin at 8.25 and finish at 2.55 each day.

9. Is it true that you have a different timetable each week?
  Yes. We have a Week A and Week B timetable. You will soon get used to it.

10. Can I go home to lunch?
  Only if you have a lunch pass that has a photograph on it.
  Your Parents must fill in a form and you must go home. It is preferred that you stayed in school, make new friends and joined in activities. You can choose to buy lunch from the school canteen which is very good and you are also able to bring a packed lunch.

11. Where can I buy my uniform?
  25 Harpur Street
  MK40 1LA
  01234 359191

Please note that the school ties must still be purchased from the School Shop.



Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive, Bedford, Bedfordshire Mk41 8PX
Telephone 01234 290200 : Fax 01234 290236 : Email: