Who to contact if...?

There will be occasions when parents and other parties will wish to contact the school.  To put you in touch with the most appropriate person and ensure a quick response to your enquiry, please use the contacts below. We shall endeavour to acknowledge all calls, letters or e-mails. Please do not expect a response outside of working hours.

Contact by e-mail

To contact a member of staff by email on any matter, send the email to  and indicate in the subject box “For the attention of….”.  Please remember that the more information you give, the quicker the school will be able to respond. If you need to contact the Sixth Form please use their email address 

Please remember that teachers are not easy to contact by telephone during the school day, as they will be teaching, in meetings or preparing work.

After School Activities

There are many activities for students taking place after school. For all enquiries contact the School Reception on 01234 290200. Reception is open from 8am to 4pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 3.30pm on Friday.


For enquiries about your child’s attendance, contact Mrs Laird 01234 290201

Change of Contact Details

To ensure efficient communication between parents and the school, accurate contact information is crucial.  If you have any changes to your details please email or 01234 290200

Space 4 Learning and Careers Information

To speak to the school librarian, to make a careers appointment or to ask for careers advice, please call Mrs Unwin on 01234 290215.

Booking Facilities

For enquiries about using the Community facilities at the school, contact the Finance Office on 01234 290253.

Complaints Procedure

At Mark Rutherford, we believe that any complaints should be handled as sensitively as possible. 

The school will respond to any complaint as soon as possible.  Once we know about a problem we can usually deal with it effectively.  However, sometimes a more formal framework is required and this can be found in a document entitled “Complaints Procedure”.

Parents should address any complaint they have to the Principal in the first instance:

Mrs K Foster
Mark Rutherford School
Wentworth Drive
Bedford   MK41 8PX

Tel: 01234 290200
Fax: 01234 290236



To enquire about any matters regarding your child’s examination entries or results, contact Mrs Stollery on 01234 290235.

Finance Office

To enquire about financial matters affecting your child contact Mrs Vanner on 01234 290255 or Mrs McHugh on 01234 290253.

Headteacher and Leadership Team

Every child and parent has a right to discuss any issue which they wish to raise with the Headteacher or another member of the Leadership Team. However, in general, it is advisable to talk to other staff that have a direct involvement first. If the outcome is not satisfactory, and you feel that all routes to a solution have been followed without success, members of the Leadership Team can be contacted via email as above or by contacting Mrs Wade, who is PA to the Headteacher on 01234 290244. She will then be able to forward your enquiry to an appropriate member of the team who will endeavour to respond to you within 48 hours.

Medical & Lost Property

To advise the school of a medical issue regarding your child, or make enquiries about medical provision, contact the Student Reception on 01234 290240.

New Admissions

For enquiries about admissions, including making appointments for school tours please contact Mrs Gwynne on 01234 290258 or email

Off Site Activities

Mark Rutherford organises a variety of learning activities which take place off the school site.  If your child is involved in such an activity and you have an enquiry, contact the teacher responsible, via the School Reception on 01234 290200, or by email

School Shop

For enquiries about the range of items for sale, contact Mrs McHugh or Mrs Dawe on 01234 290237.  The shop is open daily at break time for students to purchase items or for parents from 9am to 12pm.

Site Agents

The Site Agents can be contacted via the School Reception 01234 290200.

Special Educational Needs

For specific enquiries about your child, or for general enquiries about Special Needs provision at Mark Rutherford, contact 01234 290213.

Headteacher Mrs K Foster
Chair of Governors  Mr J Campbell
Assistant Headteachers  Ms J Samosa
Miss J Harrison
Mr M Briggs
Mrs A Vallance
Mr Iddrisu
Mrs J Strong
Mrs F Brown
Mr B Barker
Business Manager  Mrs R Garner 
Head of Blake House  Miss M Bradley 
Head of Novello House  Ms F Brown 
Head of Turner House  Mr M Briggs 
Head of Woolf House  Mr J Snowdon
Director of Sixth Form  Mrs K Foster 
Head of Year 12 Mr S Uddin
Head of Year 13  Mr I Nicholls 
Student Support Assistant Blake House  Miss J Bubbra  
Student Support Assistant Novello House  Ms M Newbury 
Student Support Assistant Turner House  Mrs R Burrells 
Student Support Assistant Woolf House  Mrs E Mawer 
Student Support Assistant Sixth Form  Mrs A Henderson
SENCO Mrs J Strong 
Raising Achievement Centre  Mr B Barker 
Office Manager  Mrs K Gwynne 
P.A. to Head Teacher  Mrs F Wade 
Education Welfare Officer  Mr D Blake
Attendance Officer Mrs L Laird 
Head of Art Ms Saunders
Head of Leisure and Tourism Mr MacLennan
Head of Business Studies Miss McAloone
Head of Food Technology Mrs Mpofu
Head of Health and Social Child Development Mrs Humphries
Head of Product Design/Construction  Mr Jenkins
Head of Drama Mrs Farnsworth
Head of English Miss Vallance
Head of Geography Mr Morgan
Head of History Mr Margetts
Head of ICT Mrs Samosa
Head of Maths  Mr Iddrisu
Head of Media Studies Miss Leach
Head of Modern Foreign Languages Mrs Champion
Head of Music Mrs Jones
Head of PE  Mrs Reynolds
Head of Dance Mrs Talbot
Head of Psychology  Mrs Hubbard
Head of Religious Studies Miss Day
Head of Science Ms Pinsent



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