We are currently looking to move to Bedford and my two daughters will have to change their secondary schools. We were wondering what some of the best secondary schools were as we are extremely concerned about their education alongside an environment that is calm and a place where issues with other students are dealt with quickly as we were a little put off by the GCSE results of some schools there.
Yes, and that's what almost directly causes the problems for the state schools. Ho hum. Just interested whether you know that from experience or just from local say so? Sorry to sound spiky but I have been tutting at that statement and the misspelling of Harpur for about 20 years!
To be neutral, though, there are other HT schools, too. And other private schools. But I'll wait until OP gets back to say what her plans are. Bedford has been a bit of a mess for the last 10 years, largely due to a failed political consultation to change the systems. And now it is a bit piecemeal because some schools went ahead anyway. But many of the schools are getting better. And GCSE results were wonky in lots of schools last year across the country, of course.
Feel free to PM me , OP. Lots of local insider knowledge and children who have been at 4 different schools and a DH (and me) who work in them.
Sharnbrook is quite a long way out of Bedford , though.
Generally the schools with the best reputations are the ones that are still upper schools. Lots of political turmoil at Sharnbrook which ahs had a few consequences in the area. Still a very popular school, though.
Goldington has just become a secondary : no sixth form. I would slightly worry about the expertise of teachers to teach above about year 9 - it is a bit untested to date. But my friends speak warmly of it.
I moved house to get out of Rutherford catchment...