Student Services


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

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 lunchtime and after school 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 except Tuesdays.
  On Tuesdays we hold Academic Mentoring sessions with Students, Parents and Tutors. You will have an appointment made with your Tutor once per term. All other student will arrive in school at 9.20 for lesson 1.

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. When 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: