Establishment Bedford Free School

URN: 138228

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Academy trust: ADVANTAGE SCHOOLS

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Address
Cauldwell Street, Bedford, Bedfordshire, MK42 9AD
Local authority
Bedford (822)
Headteacher / Principal
Mr Tim Blake
Phase of education
Secondary
School type
Free schools
Academy trust
ADVANTAGE SCHOOLS
Gender of entry
Mixed
ID
URN: 138228, DfE number: 822/4001
UKPRN: 10038073
Establishment status
Open
Admissions policy
Non-selective
Telephone
01234332299
Ofsted rating
Outstanding (Last inspection: 16 January 2020)
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Religious character
None
Diocese
Not applicable
Religious ethos
None
Boarders
No boarders
Nursery provision
No Nursery Classes
Official sixth form
Does not have a sixth form
Number of pupils
504
Section 41 approved
Not applicable
Open date
1 September 2012
Reason establishment opened
New Provision
Closed date
Not recorded
Reason establishment closed
Not recorded
Special classes
Not applicable
Percentage of children eligible for free school meals Help with percentage of children eligible for free school meals field Opens a dialog
17.3%
Date last changed / confirmed
6 September 2021
Type of SEN provision
Type of resourced provision
Not recorded
Resourced provision number on roll
Resourced provision capacity
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit number on roll
Special Educational Needs (SEN) unit capacity
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Chair of local governing body

Chair of local governing body
Name Shared with Appointed by From To
Russell Nigel Syson Not recorded Appointed by GB/board 3 October 2018 2 October 2022

Local governors

Local governors
Name Shared with Appointed by From To
Florence Burbridge Not recorded Elected by school staff 22 September 2021 21 September 2025
Janet Lehain Not recorded Elected by school staff 22 September 2021 21 September 2025
Rupinder Judge Not recorded Appointed by GB/board 7 July 2021 6 July 2025
Kirstie Anne Loveday Not recorded Appointed by foundation/Trust 18 November 2020 17 November 2024
Kerri Rennie Not recorded Elected by parents 9 January 2019 8 January 2023
Timothy Blake Not recorded Ex-officio by virtue of office as headteacher/principal 1 June 2019 Not recorded

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Historical governance
Name Role Appointed by From To
Rupinder Judge Local governor Appointed by academy members 1 September 2017 31 August 2021
David West Local governor Elected by parents 18 July 2018 20 July 2021
Russell Nigel Syson Chair of local governing body Appointed by academy members 1 April 2017 31 March 2021
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Regional schools commissioner (RSC) region
North-West London and South-Central England
Government office region (GOR)
East of England
District
Bedford
Ward
Castle
Parliamentary constituency
Bedford
Urban/rural description
(England/Wales) Urban city and town
Government Statistical Service (GSS) local authority code
E06000055
Easting
505041
Northing
249345
Census ward
Unknown
Middle super output area (MSOA)
Bedford 015
Lower super output area (LSOA)
Bedford 015B
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Age range

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School capacity

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Free school meals

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