Student Services


Raising Achievement Centre

The Raising Achievement centre is a supportive environment in which students are encouraged, motivated and inspired to do their best.  We are here to ensure all students are provided with the best opportunities to succeed at Mark Rutherford.
Each student is allocated a keyworker, who will liaise with staff, house heads and support staff as and when necessary.   We encourage parents and carers to visit and view their child's work, to ensure all successes are celebrated.
We are open from 8am until 4pm every day and the support offered can vary to the individual needs of the student, such as coursework completion, one to one sessions, mentoring or just support to catch up with missed class work.
If you would like any further information please call 01234 290200.

Young Carers

A young or sibling carer is someone aged 18 or under who helps look after or is affected by a relative who has a condition such as a disability, illness, mental health condition, or a drug or alcohol dependency. Most young carers look after one of their parents or care for a brother or sister.
The responsibilities that young carers have at home vary greatly. At Mark Rutherford, we want to ensure that all our young carers receive the support they need to succeed at school. In order to achieve this, the following interventions have been put into place:

  • The named person in school, responsible for young carers, meets with them individually to discuss their progress, any issues they have and possible solutions
  • There is a lunch time drop-in once a fortnight for identified young carers and anyone interested in finding out more about young carers
  • All young carers are given a timeout card, which identifies the named person in school responsible for young carers, the dates of the lunch time drop-in and an email address enabling contact with the identified named person

We also work very closely with the young carer’s team at Carers in Bedfordshire, who are a charity organisation which offers support to young people who help to care for a family member. They offer a range of clubs, residential trips, one to one support and bursaries. The Young Carer’s team will work with families to agree an individualised plan to ensure they get the support that suits their needs. For further information about this organisation, please see the links below.

If you would like any further information or to discuss your personal situation, please do not hesitate to make contact via the school reception on 01234 290200 or

Young Adult Carers and Further Education

If you are aged 16-25 and have a caring responsibility, you are considered to be a 'young adult carer'. There are approximately 375,000 young adult carers in the UK, all facing different challenges and responsibilities. If you provide regular care and support to a family member, partner or friend, you may be eligible to access additional support while studying. Below are just two of the many charities providing support, information and advice to young adult carers.

The Carers Trust offers support to those who give unpaid care to a family member or friend - find out more at

If someone in your family has a life-threatening illness, Hope Support Services can help. Visit their website to find out more or watch their video to find out how to contact them.

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We currently have over 200 EAL students on roll, from 32 different counties. This is an amazing opportunity to embrace culture and learn from each other.
Our EAL Co-ordinator works closely with the students, tracking and monitoring their progress carefully, to ensure everyone is accessing the support they need. If you have any concerns about the progress of your child, please do not hesitate to contact us on 01234 290200.
We would also like to develop our parent network. Do you feel you could support a parent with limited English? Would you be interested in meeting with other parents who have moved from another country? If this is something you could offer or feel you would benefit from, please let us know.

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