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 within 24 hours and respond to the enquiry within 48 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 4.30pm Monday to Thursday and 8am to 4pm on Friday.


For enquiries about your child’s attendance, contact Mrs Mawer  01234 290241

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:

Mr R Millard
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 Hamby 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 Miss Gwynne on 01234 290201 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 Vanner 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.

Student Welfare

To speak to your child’s Head of House about any matter referring to their welfare or to discuss any concerns you have about your child’s progress please contact:
Head of Woolf House - Mr Morgan 01234 290276
Student Support Assistant for Woolf House - Mrs Henderson 01234 290275
Head of Blake House – Ms Bradley 01234 290279
Student Support Assistant for Blake House Miss Wright 01234 290218
Head of Turner House – Mr Briggs - 01234 290214
Student Support Assistant for Turner House - Mrs Burrells 01234 290206
Head of Novello House – Miss Brown 01234 290243
Student Support Assistant for Novello House - Ms Newbury 01234 290217
Year 7 & 8 Co-Ordinator - Miss Silvestri 01234 290200
SSA Year 7 & 8 – Mrs Bubbra 01234 2902000
Director of Sixth Form: Mrs  Foster
Head of Year 12 – Mrs Taylor
Head of Year 13 – Mr Nicholls
Student Support Assistant for the Sixth Form – Ms Hibbert  / 01234 290200



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