Student Services


For start in Y7 in September 2021

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.

The school was heavily oversubscribed again this year and we look forward to working in partnership with you and your child in our successful school for at least the next 5 years.

We are all aware of the impact of the pandemic on schools and we are working closely with primary schools to ensure the transition to secondary is as smooth as possible. There are numerous meetings that will take place between pastoral/SEN and academic staff to gain as much information as possible on your child in order to support them.

Due to the pandemic and changes in guidance from the government to schools some of the plans we would expect to be in place at this stage will potentially be subject to change. Some of you who have older children in the school will be aware we have a House system with vertical tutor groups of mixed years which changed to year groups in order to maintain bubbles. This will be reviewed early in the summer term based on guidance but we will be hoping to still have some form of meeting between families and the tutor on or around the Thursday 17th June 2021; we will send out more details closer to the time.

Unless there is a change to the expected reduction in control measures due to the pandemic we also warmly invite your child to attend a taster day at Mark Rutherford School on Wednesday 7th July 2021. More information about this transfer day will be given to you closer to the time.

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:







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?
  Usually 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 independence we mix students from all primary schools together. This last year we have moved to year groups in order to maintain bubbles and are currently reviewing for September. As part of the process we ask the primary schools to recommend students who would be a positive mix and support each student's transition and we try to accommodate these as much as possible.

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 (especially if you come from a primary school where there are a lot of students coming to us from). You will probably be with different students in different lessons.

3. 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.

4. Are there lots of extra-curricular activities?
  Yes, there are many after school activities and some lunchtime. This is your chance to try something new and to challenge yourself.

5. 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 get a map and there are lots of signs around. You can look for the 'tour' of the school (this is the one we used for open evening) on our website: OPEN EVENING TOUR.

6. What time does school start?
  We begin at 8.25 and finish at 2.35 each day (currently).

7. 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.

8. 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.

9. 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: