OUR values at Bedford encapsulate the ambitions we have for our young people and our school.

To Care  |   To Learn   |   To Achieve


Our students are inspired to achieve their potential through embracing our values; To Care, To Learn, To Achieve. Working in partnership we will ensure that every student leaves Bedford with a strong sense of community and ready to be the best that they can be.

In order to follow our school rules all students will:

  • Show that they are READY to learn at all times
  • Have RESPECT for all
  • Keep themselves, others and the school SAFE


To encourage this, all staff will:

  • Have high expectations
  • Show consistent, calm adult behaviour
  • Show first attention to best conduct
  • Enforce routines stringently
  • Build emotional currency and script difficult interventions
  • Follow up sanctions with restorative intervention

We have a modern outlook based on well-founded tradition and our motto ‘Bedford means Business’ reflects the ‘business-like’ environment we have developed and the unique opportunities we offer.

We are very ambitious for our students and we challenge them to excel.


Our students will leave school equipped with the skills, experiences and aspirations to succeed.

In our school there is a sense of calm. It is ‘Business-like’. We are a collaborative, happy community with positive attitudes and responses. We smile and make eye contact and work hard for each other.


Our goal is to develop world class learners who are adaptable and can thrive in a rapidly changing and unpredictable world.

Our intention is to create an excellent climate for effective learning where hard work and self-discipline are valued and rewarded. Inspirational teaching, learning and assessment ensure that students are motivated to progress on their journey of learning and discovery.

It is our mission to achieve our Learning Vision by having a relentless focus on providing outstanding teaching and developing outstanding learners. This will be underpinned by rigorous assessment that supports our learners to excel in their achievements.

This framework is illustrated through our Teaching Learning and Assessment Principles (see below, click to expand) which guides our day to day practice.

Our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Principles should feature as a constant thread throughout the wide range of curriculum, teaching and learning experiences that our learners will enjoy during their time at Bedford High School.

We have received the Silver Learning Quality Framework award, please read the full report Learning Quality Framework report 2015.