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Mark Rutherford School GCSE Results 2020

Congratulations to all Mark Rutherford Year 11 students. We are delighted with the results which is no less than the students deserve. This has been one of the most difficult years for students who have been denied the chance to show how well they can do in their exams. The pandemic has created circumstances that no one could have ever imagined or wished for but we feel that the Centre Assessed Grades reflect our students' ability and the hard work they have put in during their time at Mark Rutherford School. We are delighted that so many will be continuing their studies in the Sixth Form and wish all of our students well in their future endeavours.

There have been some fabulous individual successes, to name just a few:

Sophie Gormley achieved 11 Grade 9’s

Orla Keaveney achieved 10 Grade 9’s and one Grade 8

Mahrukh Khan achieved 9 Grade 9’s and 2 Grade 8’s

Caragh Welsh achieved 8 Grade 9’s, 2 Grade 8’s and 1 Grade 7

Jake Button achieve 6 Grade 9’s, 3 Grade 8’s, 1 Grade 7 and 1 Grade 6

Mrs Bloor, Headteacher said “We are very proud of what our students have achieved. Congratulations to all the students and staff for their hard work; this has been a really difficult time for students but we feel that the outcomes reflect the talent and ability of our students which has resulted in such positive results. They have had a challenging year and deserve their success. I wish them well in their future endeavours and look forward to welcoming many of them back into our highly successful sixth form”.


A Level Success

Mark Rutherford School are very pleased with this summer’s A Level results despite the challenges this academic year has brought due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Mrs Foster, Deputy Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form said, ‘We are very proud of the students and the resilience they have shown through such unprecedented times with the majority moving on into their first choice options of university or apprenticeships’.  Those moving on to university have secured a number of competitive places to read a wide range of subjects.

Majority of the subjects on offer achieved a 100% pass rate with the percentage of A* and A grades also seeing an increase from last year; over 38% of all students achieved at least one A* or A grade.

A number of subjects achieved excellent results including Spanish, French, Music, Further Maths and English Literature with 100% A*-C grades.

Mrs Foster said, ‘We always look forward to hearing from the students and their successes as they start the next phase of their journey as confident and independent young adults’.

If you are interested in joining our high achieving and very successful Sixth Form, where students are supported and cared for by our dedicated and experienced teachers, please contact the Sixth Form Team via the school website.


Updated school closure letter 20/03/2020



Dear Parent/Carer

Following the government’s announcement last night, all schools are closing from Friday 20thMarch 2020 until further notice.

We are currently continuing to work out a plan regarding provision at Mark Rutherford School during the closure and will communicate this with you as soon as we can.

The government have been clear that we need to ensure there is some provision for key groups of students and their parents/carers.  As part of our planning and preparations, to include how that affects our students, we are asking for your support in ensuring we have the correct information as follows:
• Please let us know if you are currently in the process of applying for free school meals or if you currently qualify for free school meals but haven’t advised us.
• Please let us know if your child has an EHCP and you are intending for your child to continue attending school.
• Please let us know if you, or any other adult in the house, are key workers – this includes workers in the NHS, emergency services, social care or food distribution and you require for your child to continue attending school in order to support you in your role.
Please respond to in order for us to collate this information centrally and communicate with those affected individually.  A response by midday on Friday 20th March would be much appreciated.
Many thanks for your continued support at such an unprecedented time.

Yours faithfully,
Mrs K Foster
Acting Headteacher


COVID 19 - Mark Rutherford Contingency Plan, Guidance for Parents


Mark Rutherford School receives prestigious Artsmark Award

Students and staff at Mark Rutherford School are celebrating after receiving a prestigious Artsmark Award. Artsmark is Arts Council England's award for schools and education. It celebrates settings that embrace the arts across the curriculum, bringing them to life for children and young people.

Mark Rutherford has maximised creative partnership opportunities that have unlocked financial investment for creative and cultural projects including two 'Aspire Higher' Creative Careers conferences that have been delivered in collaboration with National Portfolio Organisation Bedford Creative Arts and the National Collaborative Outreach Programme's consortia, Aspire Higher, which is based at the University of Bedfordshire. The school has collaborated with the University of Bedfordshire on 'Aspire Higher' exploring how creativity and the arts can support employment prospects and self-esteem.

The national average of students taking an Arts GCSE is 44% compared to Mark Rutherford's above national average of 65%. The school offers a range and variety of GCSE, BTEC and A Level courses in dance, music, drama, art, media and photography, and some courses have been changed to tailor the offer to areas of particular student interest.

Mark Rutherford School was supported by Royal Opera House Bridge in planning and developing their initial objectives. Royal Opera House Bridge worked alongside the school at various stages to support their Artsmark Award achievement.

Tina Gray-Rampello from Royal Opera House Bridge said, "As an Artsmark school, Mark Rutherford School gained access to exceptional networks and resources from some of the most treasured cultural organisations in the country, which helped to strengthen and deliver their arts provision. Through Artsmark, Mark Rutherford School will continue to incorporate art and culture into every pupil's life, learning, knowledge and understanding, helping them to build skills, resilience, confidence and character."

On receiving the award, Acting Headteacher Kelli Foster said: "We're extremely proud of achieving our Artsmark Gold Award. We are committed to delivering a high quality arts and cultural education and we look forward to continue to grow with Artsmark."

Darren Henley, Chief Executive of Arts Council England, said: "I would like to congratulate Mark Rutherford School on their Artsmark Award. As an Artsmark school, Mark Rutherford School exemplifies how the Award can help schools to achieve a broad and balanced curriculum, ensuring that each of its students is given the opportunity to explore and build a love of the arts that will remain with them as they go through adult life."





Mark Rutherford School GCSE Results 2019

Congratulations to all Mark Rutherford Year 11 students who have gained some superb results after years of studying and months of intensive revision.  The results are celebrated with some excellent individual successes. 

James Rowntree achieved 9 Grade 9s and 1 Grade 8
Amy Buttice achieved 8 Grade 9s and 2 Grade 8s
Kaylie Spicer achieved 7 Grade 9s and 3 Grade 8s
James Duxbury achieved 5 Grade 9s and 3 Grade 8s
Hares Zamany achieved 5 Grade 9s

Mr Millard, Headteacher said “We are very proud of what our students have achieved. Congratulations to all the students and staff for their hard work which has resulted in such positive outcomes. We wish all our students the very best for their next steps”.

Below is a picture showing some students receiving their results.


Arkwright Engineering Scholarship Award - Mark Rutherford student is a 'future leader' in engineering

Beatriz Soriano Tortosa is one of the 30% of females who received the Arkwright Scholarship Award. The Arkwright Engineering Scholarships seek to identify and support 'future leaders' in engineering. Fewer than 400 scholarships are awarded nationally with only a small number in Bedfordshire.

The award is highly sought after and is not easy to achieve. Beatriz had to complete a very tough application with a 2 hour aptitude paper in order to get to the final interview selection stage. The scholarship is provided by engineering establishment ARM, based in Cambridgeshire, who make the chips powering most of the world's mobile phones.

Paul Kennington, from Arkwright Engineering Scholarships said "Beatriz will have access to visits and work experience with ARM as well as mentoring to support her in school. In addition Arkwright provide a range of further bespoke experiences and activities which she may choose to take part in."

Headteacher Mr Millard said, "We are very proud of Beatriz's achievements. Universities and employers actively seek Arkwright Scholars, and this scholarship will benefit her future career. Our curriculum aims to empower students to tackle some of the world's biggest challenges, promoting the next generation of engineers."


European U18 100m Champion

Mark Rutherford student Raphael Bouju was crowned as the European U18 100m Champion on 6th July in Gyor, Hungary. Representing the Netherlands, he overcame an incredibly talented field to finish in a time of 10.64 seconds. He had previously clocked a new PB of 10.61 in the 1st round heat.

This is an incredible achievement and one that is thoroughly deserved. Raph is extremely dedicated to his training and his studies and, having recently completing his GCSE’s, has done remarkably well to achieve such success at such a busy time for him.

This success is no surprise to his PE teachers who have seen up close how committed he is. Mr Snowdon said “He is a born winner who is determined and willing to go that extra mile in order to achieve his potential.”

Everyone at Mark Rutherford would like to congratulate Raph on this success and look forward to seeing him back with us again in September where he will be joining our Sixth Form studying the highly successful Sports Science course.



Celebrating Extraordinary Women in Science

Beatriz Soriano Tortosa in Year 11 has just been awarded a British Science Association Silver CREST Award for an independent engineering project, wherein she designed and built a working hydraulic robotic arm from household materials.

Beatriz’s interest in Engineering grew from the VEX robotics club she joined in Year 10 and she decided to explore other aspects of Engineering. After watching a number of on-line videos and reading through several websites, Beatriz was able to see her project through to fruition. In her project conclusion Beatriz wrote ‘Building this robot helped me understand the process and management behind a project and the gravity of each stage. The mistakes I made along the way all gave me more and more experience to tackle new projects.’

CREST is a STEAM enrichment programme for young people aged 5-19 years old. The assessor who graded her project commented ‘You worked really hard on this project and your dedication really shone through. I found your project write up fascinating, congratulations on achieving your silver award!’.

Beatriz has now set her sights even higher… literally! Together with Tania Frant, Tabby Richards and a small team of Year 10 ICT and Science enthusiasts, the group have been designing and building a payload that will be sent into the stratosphere to take recordings and photographs of the Earth below. The project has captured the imagination of the local community and at a recent Engineering evening at Mark Rutherford School, the three girls were given a VIP day out at The Shuttleworth Collection for the Shuttleworth Heritage Day in September, which has the theme of ‘Extraordinary Women’. The team have had brilliant support and advice from the Airlander Outreach Team and the MET Office, ranging from how to build the perfect payload to gaining information on wind speeds that might affect the flight of the balloon and we look forward to the future involvement of our sponsor Lockheed Martin.

Headteacher, Mr Millard said “Our STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art Maths) Curriculum aims to empower students to tackle some of the world’s biggest challenges and shape our future for the better. Our enrichment programme promotes the next generation of STEAM Scholars. We thank our business sponsors Stomor Engineering and Lockheed Martin.”


A life-enhancing expedition to Cambodia for Mark Rutherford School Students.

30 students from Mark Rutherford School set off to Cambodia to visit the emotionally charged site of the S21 Prison and the Killing Fields. The trip focus is to improve the environment for local people and to help improve their living conditions. Students will play an important role in helping to reforest damaged parts of the landscape to encourage some of the world’s most endangered wildlife to return. The students also took with them, first aid kits to donate to vulnerable young people living in rural villages. Steven Reece from Ambulance Response Services Limited – ARSL said, “We donated the first aid kits as a gesture to help as many people as we can. We are delighted they were well received“.

Headteacher Mr Millard said, “We offer experiences that go beyond the classroom, giving students the opportunity to develop key life skills, cultural understanding and a global perspective for an increasingly environmentally challenged 21st century”.


Mark Rutherford School shares its A-levels successes amid major national reforms.

Students at Mark Rutherford School are preparing to take the next major step in their lives, whether that is into higher education, an apprenticeship or the workplace as we celebrate another year of very good A Level results.  Over two thirds of our students have achieved at least one A*-B grade and twenty eight of the thirty three subjects we offer have a 100% pass rate.  Twenty one students have also achieved A*-B grades in all of their subjects. 

Students are progressing onto a wide range of courses to include one student who achieved A*, A*, A who is going off to study Medicine at University College London and another who has achieved A*, A, B who will be studying Motorsport Engineering at Oxford Brookes University.  A number of students have also secured employment and one student who achieved A, B, B who will soon be starting their apprenticeship with Mazars, an international accountancy firm.

One of our students is also the first in the UK  to earn the brand new platinum INVOLVE award from Villiers Park Educational Trust; an initiative that has been designed to enhance everyday classroom learning and empowers students to lead on enriching the learning communities in their school.

Mrs Foster, Deputy Headteacher and Director of Sixth Form, said “We are delighted with another year of excellent A Level results.  Students and staff are to be congratulated for all their continued hard work and commitment to achieving such excellent outcomes and we thank parents/carers for their continued support too.  We wish everyone all the very best for their future.”

If you are interested in joining our high achieving and very successful Sixth Form, where students are supported and cared for by our dedicated and experienced teachers, please contact the Sixth Form Team.


Mark Rutherford School showcase how Computer Science is being developed in schools

Mark Rutherford students from Year 7 to Year 10 attended Cranfield University for the British Computer Society Coding Competition Prize Giving Ceremony. 

To enter the competition students created a computer game to raise awareness of key issues when online.  This year there were a record number of entries from schools across the county and beyond and the competition was very tough. Nevertheless, Mark Rutherford students swept the board, winning in a number of categories entered!

Our Year 10 students, gave a demonstration of their game warning of the dangers of the Dark Web.

The final winning results were as follows:

Year 7 WINNER - Joshua Hall with Fake News
Year 8 WINNERS - Jayla Green, Bethany Coulton, Stacey Cowell, Phoebe Munns and Emma Harding with Identity Theft
Year 10 WINNERS - Vulkasin Vukisevic, Kian Pallister and Stanley Hunter Jowell with Dark Web

Headteacher Mr Millard said” IT and Computer Science are professions of the future. There is evidence that technology is a key aspect of learning as technology is everywhere. We are preparing our students for post-secondary education and the business world and we are very proud of their achievements. “


Computing At School - East of England Hub Winners

For several years now Mark Rutherford School has been part of the Network of Excellence in Computer Science and has been a hive of activity in the area of CPD for teachers of computer science.  The CAS Bedford Hub has been running out of the school, providing teachers in the local area and beyond with vital CPD opportunities in computer science.  In addition, the Hub works with the British Computer Society (Bedford) and Cranfield University to organise the annual BCS Coding Competition for students from Year 5 to Year 10.
The work of the Hub has recently been recognised at the CAS National Conference where it won the CAS Hub Award for the East of England.  Hub leader Jackie Samosa said "This is great news and is positive recognition for all the training/activity taking place at the Hub. This Hub wouldn't be able to run so well if it wasn't for the dedication of all the volunteers who kindly offer a whole range of training sessions for teachers in the local area and beyond, and also give up time to work with students in our local schools."

The CAS Hub Awards are sponsored by VEX Robotics and the Hub received a VEX Robotics Kit as a prize. Paul McKnight, Head of Operations at VEX Robotics (Europe) said “Congratulations on winning the award at the recent CAS Conference! VEX Robotics was honoured to support the event and to recognise some of the amazing work that is happening within the CAS Hub network.”


Bronze Arts Award

A group of Mark Rutherford students have earned national accreditation for their work in the Arts with the achievement of the Bronze Arts Award.  Arts Award is a range of unique qualifications that supports anyone aged up to 25, to grow as artists and arts leaders inspiring them to connect with and take part in the wider arts world through taking challenges in an art form. Students at Mark Rutherford School have completed this challenge in their Drama lessons where they have participated in drama workshops, watched and reviewed live theatre, researched into their own arts inspirations and taught other students the skills they have learnt. The external moderator assessing the work commented on how ‘the portfolios were creatively set out and the evidence was thorough’, and on meeting the students she found the student articulate and positive about the benefits of completing the award.


Three talented Computer Scientists win Animation 17

Animation 17 is an annual UK Schools Computer Animation Competition run by the The School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester. This year over 360 schools and colleges took part across the UK.

Ms Mussington runs MarkieTex coding club every Thursday after school and during this time three members of this club produced a one minute animation called “The City of Code” and entered this into the national competition.

The winners have been announced and these three students won the Key Stage 3 UK Computer Animation Competition 2017 with their animation.

The winners are:
Kian Pallister
Vukasin Vukicevic
Nathaneal Holman

To view the animation click here:


Congratulations to Miss Samosa who took home the Education Achievement Award last night at the Bedfordshire Local Heroes Awards 2017.

Read more here.


Schools students celebrate National Science Week together with a bang!

Three Year 12 students from Mark Rutherford School planned and led a series of Science experiments for 30 Year 4 pupils from Great Barford and Ravensden Lower Schools as part of the National Science Week celebrations. Leonardo Buttice, Marco Guarino and Celina Nielsen are Scholars on the Villiers Park Educational Trust 2020 STEM Programme and undertook leadership of the event in order to gain a Villiers Park INVOLVE Award. Sessions included extracting DNA from a banana, fruit batteries and pH testing of various liquids. The younger pupils were really excited to be able to ‘do science in a real science lab’ and their teachers were impressed by the high standard of delivery and are now hoping to come back for a similar event later in the year. Tracy Jakins, Second in Science at Mark Rutherford said, “This was a first for us – we’ve never held an event like this before where lower schools have come to us and the sixth form have been so active in taking the lead. It was brilliant”.



Through the creation of business mentors and providing networking opportunities for local businesses using the school site and involving pupils, Mark Rutherford School has created excellent employer engagement, according to the recent Ofsted report ‘Getting ready for work’.

The report investigates the availability and effectiveness of enterprise education and work-related learning for pupils in secondary schools.  Inspectors visiting the school also looked at how well the school and businesses were engaging with each other and how the school was promoting alternatives to university, including apprenticeships.

Featured as an example of good practice the report explains how the partnership was set up by the school to link local organisations interested in supporting students with the transition from education to the world of work.  It also goes on the discuss how individual partners get involved with the school in a variety of ways, from offering work-experience placements and visits to running workshops or attending careers events. It explains how some partners also develop specific business projects for students to tackle in their curriculum or spare time, while other partners act as mentors to students during their time in education.

The report goes on the say that Inspectors found evidence of good systems that fully prepared pupils for their post-16 choices and provided them with a range of alternatives.  Mark Rutherford has developed vital links to external institutions in order to develop pupils’ understanding of their options.  In Mark Rutherford School, the strong promotion of apprenticeships is delivered through ‘business breakfast’ meetings with local employers.

For the full report click here


Mark Rutherford School is a GOOD school

Mark Rutherford School recognised in annual awards

21st June 2016: It was announced today that Mark Rutherford School, has won a Good Schools Guide Award for the results in Applied A Level Information Technology especially boys and for Travel Tourism the best performance by girls at an English Secondary School.

Mark Rutherford School has been presented with this award by The Good Schools Guide for out-performing all other English schools in its category. The prestigious annual awards, which are in their 10th year, are based on a detailed analysis of the most recent examination results, and are designed to highlight consistently good teaching.

Richard Millard said, ‘We are absolutely delighted to be acknowledged in this way for our excellence. This is a very proud moment for Mark Rutherford School and we are sure it will inspire and encourage all students who are working toward their qualifications.

Ralph Lucas, Editor of The Good Schools Guide, comments, ‘Our annual awards scheme is designed to recognise and reward excellence in teaching in every subject area at both GCSE and A Level or equivalent. Our awards give individual teachers and departments where teaching is at its very best the recognition they deserve.’

The Good Schools Guide Awards are based on a series of calculations which take into account relative popularity and performance of the subject, absolute performance, and percentage of pupils taking the subject.

The Good Schools Guide is the largest independent guide to UK schools. The guide contains over 1300 good schools across both the independent and state sector.


Youth Speaks District Champions

Mark Rutherford’s public speaking team have been crowned District Champions in the Rotary Club’s prestigious Youth Speaks Competition.  The team are photographed receiving the trophy from Rotarian John Bromley. The three sixth formers who represented the school are: main speaker: Nasreen D’Agostino, Chair Thomas Jefferys and proposer of the Vote of Thanks Matty Darby.  Their winning topic was: “Manners in the 20th Century”.  The trio later took runner up position in the Regional final where the individual award for “Best Vote of Thanks” in the competition was awarded to Matty Darby. Also photographed is their coach Mr Smith. This is the most successful year yet for the Mark Rutherford team who have reached the District semi-finals for the last four consecutive years.


Congratulations to staff, students and parents/carers on a very successful Ofsted result

Recently the school underwent a one day inspection by Ofsted. It was a very positive visit with the school being told that it continues to be good. A variety of areas were looked at including safeguarding, leadership, behaviour, pupil progress and attendance. Below are some of the comments made by Ofsted in the summary report.

  • Pupils behave very well in lessons and around the school.
  • Pupils' attitudes to their lessons are very positive, and they enjoy positive relationships with teachers. This means lessons are calm and productive. Pupils work hard.
  • Pupils take care with their presentation and their pride in their work is apparent.
  • Current pupils are making good progress across the school. Evidence in pupils' books show that work is of a good standard across a range of subjects.
  • Outcomes in the sixth form have improved considerably since the last inspection.
  • Sixth formers have a high profile in the school. Many take on mentoring roles and recognise the importance of supporting younger pupils. Inspectors spoke with sixth formers in meetings and around the school. They were very positive about the guidance and support they receive, and about the school on the whole; one described it as being 'like a family-a very happy family'.
  • The sixth form thrive in a very positive learning environment.
To read the full feedback from Ofsted click here.
To read the letter to parents and carers click here.
For other Ofsted news click here.


Mark Rutherford Success at the Bedford Festival of Speech and Drama

Recently students from all years at Mark Rutherford were lucky enough to take part in the Bedford Festival of Speech and Drama. Vienna Wolter and Georgina Muckle did extremely well and came first in the vocal duet category, bringing back to school a trophy! Devon Banghard won piano in the 20th and 21st centuries and Lizzie Barton won flute duet. Congratulations to all involved! What fantastic wins!


Mark Rutherford School featured in the new FundEd magazine

A new organisation to help schools with fundraising has published their first magazine, FundEd. Mark Rutherford School is represented in two articles - Rutherford Racers are a case study in a STEAM article on page 18 and the Business Partnership has a two page spread on pages 45-46. Click on this link to read more.


Chamber Awards 2015

Bedford school wins Business and Education Partnership Award

Chamber Awards

Mark Rutherford School, a member of Bedfordshire Chamber of Commerce, is celebrating after winning the Business and Education Partnership award at the British Chambers of Commerce's annual Chamber Awards 2015. The Chamber Awards, now in its 12th year, is one of the showpiece events in the business calendar, highlighting the role of business in delivering growth and prosperity for the UK and local communities.

The judges praised the school for its 'Mark Rutherford Business Partnership' programme, which comprises 160 local businesses and community organisations, and focuses on supporting the successful transition of young people from education to the world of work.

In addition, the school has developed a Business Mentor Programme, which pairs students with local business mentors. This programme has led to improvements in pupil achievement and helped students to see the opportunities available to them post-education.

Nora Senior, President of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:

"Bridging the gap between the worlds of education and work is vital for empowering tomorrow's workforce with the skills that businesses need. Mark Rutherford School proves that with hard work and strategic vision business and education partnerships can be a success."


Music News March 2016

The Music Department has had a busy week with students from all years involved in Bedford Music Festival. On Saturday the Rutherford Voices and Senior Rutherford Voices competed, receiving some wonderful comments from the adjudicator, complementing the musicality and the discipline of both the groups. We were well supported by parents and other students, who were delighted with the standard of performance and proud of the students involved.

As soloists, Lizzie Barton, Year 13, won the flute duet cup, Devon Banghard, Year 10, won the 20th and 21st century piano players cup, and Vienna Wolter and Georgina Muckle, Year 11, won the vocal duet cup.

Congratulations all who performed!


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Rotary Clubs of Bedford and Kempston
 in association with the Philharmonia Orchestra Young Musician of the Year Competition 2016

Vienna Wolter and Georgina Muckle were the pride of Mark Rutherford, performing in the senior level against students from a variety of other local schools. Each performed a solo programme ranging from show tunes to folk songs and Schubert delighting the audience and receiving fantastic feedback from Leonie Adams, senior adjudicator and acclaimed cellist. As well as studying for their GCSE in Music, both Vienna and Georgina are working hard for their Grade V singing exams and we wish them the very best of luck!


Mock Family Court

On Saturday 21st November, Matt Darby, Sophia Cassan, Sahara Malcolm Smith and Tom Jefferys entered a mock family hearing competition at Shire Hall in Bedford in support of UNICEF and Universal Children's' Day. Judging was undertaken by Her Honour Judge Lindsay Davies, District Judge Clarke, District Judge Mellanby and a Lay Judge with marks awarded for presentation, fluency, content and 'extras', e.g. reference to specific rights law. The overall winner was Cardinal Newman but our team did well by gaining favourable judgements in the two cases we dealt with. Justice Parker who chaired the bench for the second scenario finalised proceedings by describing herself as a 'connoisseur of advocacy' and stated that the 'young people heard today could grace my courtroom: it was a lovely morning.' All the students were congratulated by Lady Erroll the High Sheriff.


ITP Awards

Year 10 (now 11) Applied art students had worked on illustrating a booklet for a local charity, the ITP Support Association. Not only did they have to learn illustration skills and book layouts in addition they had to work with a client, sell their ideas and meet deadlines.

The Chief Executive of the charity, Shirley Watson, acted as the client for the project and came in to view the finished projects. She was very impressed by the overall standard of the work produced and selected two students’ illustrations to be used for the final booklets.

The project was scheduled to be completed in conjunction with the opening of the charity's new headquarters in Bolnhurst on Saturday. This event was exceptionally well attended with local and international visitors all of whom expressed interest in the project.

Darcey Pryor and Joelleen Holland both had their work selected and this Saturday received a certificate of thanks and a gift voucher presented by the actor Neil Dudgeon (from Midsomer Murders) - he was also very impressed by the standard of the girls' work!


Jamie McCaffray Swimming Achievements 2015


Jamie McCaffray has achieved some excellent swimming results this season . His swimming has come on remarkably over the last 12 months  and he has achieved the following results in some of the toughest endurance swims at County, Regional and National Standard as follows

Bedfordshire County Championships

400Individual Medley - Bedfordshire County Champion
1500 Freestyle - Bedfordshire County Champion
Bedfordshire Overall County Age Group Champion

East of England Regional Championships

1500 Freestyle - East of England Regional Champion
200 Butterfly  - Silver Medallist
400 Individual Medley - Bronze Medallist

He also swam in the Scottish National Age Group Championships and achieved 3 top 5 placings in the 1500 & 400 Freestyle and the 400 Individual Medley. In two weeks he is competing in the East of England Regional Open Water 1500m Championships and is expected to do very well. At the end of this month he will be competing in the Scottish National Summer Championships and is again expected to medal. Congratulations to Jamie and best wishes to him for his future races this season.


Vex Robotics Competition

This is a video submitted today by a highly talented group of year 9 girls from the STEM club. They are applying for a grant for £1000 which will allow them to take part in a National/International robotics competition. The question they had to answer was 'What is Engineering'. They produced the video in the short space of a week spending every evening after school putting material together and deserve a massive 'well done' whether they receive the grant or not: names of the girls are on the credits at the end. We find out this week if they have been successful or not.

To view the view, click here:


Mark Rutherford School is nominated by Bedfordshire University as “Partner of the Year 2015”!

The University of Bedfordshire nominated the school for ‘Partner of the Year 2015’ because at all levels staff in the school work in partnership with the Teacher Education Department at the University.
Out of hundreds of nominations across the categories Mark Rutherford School were shortlisted to the final three! We received a Runners-Up certificate and it is fantastic that the hard work of all staff involved has been recognised.
The full pen portrait written by representatives from the University for the nomination is below:
The reason we have nominated Mark Rutherford is that at all levels staff in the school work in partnership with the Teacher Education Department at the University.
Steve Peacey the retiring Head Teacher was the Chair of the University Partnership Steering Committee for many years supporting the Education Department through previous Ofsted inspections. Steve has more recently spoken with great passion and authority to whole PGCE cohorts of trainee teachers on Behaviour for Learning strategies. Over the last two years his school has hosted and he has kindly given up his valuable time to speak to the Bedford cluster of Secondary trainees on Behaviour for Learning. He has also taken part in a Mock interview, and in June this year is speaking about how to prepare trainee teachers for the new Ofsted inspection regime.
Jenny Palmer, Deputy Headteacher is the schools Professional Tutor who is dedicated to her job and supporting UoB teacher trainees. She plans a three week induction programme to cover all the essentials of working in Mark Rutherford School for all trainees and emails it to them before they start their placement. She meets fortnightly with the trainees to offer support, share good practice, discuss challenges they face and to support the trainee’s emotional resilience in this potentially stressful career of teaching they are entering. Jenny carries out joint observations with trainee mentors of trainees teaching, to monitor progress, so that for assessments she is fully aware of where they should be. Her comments are developmental and constructive. Jenny attends termly Professional Tutor planning meetings here at the university and offers ideas to improve the course and the role of Professional Tutor.
Mark Rutherford offers us placements every year but more importantly when we have a more challenging trainee or a trainee who is without a placement they often help if they can in offering an additional placement. This relies on the support of the Professional Tutor but also mentor and department support, which is always outstanding. Jenny this year has started working with us on School Direct as the school are looking at training their own teachers as part of our PGCE School Direct route.
The mentors who work with us always attend mentor training and in fact give lots of ideas to other mentors as how to be an outstanding mentor. They freely share their experiences.  They support trainees in the classroom with clear achievable targets and offer examples from their own professional development and practice.
Overall the support the university and our trainee teachers get from Mark Rutherford School is outstanding. This stems from a whole school approach, working with Head Teacher, Deputy, mentors, subject departments. This is a school that we want to acknowledge, and share best practice with other schools, so that we encourage more schools to work like this with the university in the future.”


School’s Bid Success!

Mark Rutherford School submitted two applications for capital funding to the Education Funding Agency (EFA) at the end of the Autumn Term.  The EFA received requests for more than £1.6 billion for over 3,500 projects by 2,200 academies and the school was informed at the end of March that both our applications were successful. We will be replacing the roofs and windows to both the Science & Design Technology block and the Main block. The total value of both projects is £857,688.


Autism Awareness Week

Staff and students of the Autism Provision at Mark Rutherford School have raised a massive £981.47 for Autism Bedfordshire by holding a series of events during Autism Awareness Week to help raise awareness of Autistic Spectrum Condition within the school.


Be Your Best Foundation Rock Challenge 2015 in which…

Rutherford Rocks into First Place!

On Tuesday 24th February we took 50 students to the Stevenage Leisure centre for the annual ‘Be Your Best Foundation’ Rock Challenge competition.  The team was made up of dancers from the Marked Movement Dance Company and students from the school Stage Crew. 

Taking inspiration from Japanese Geishas having studied their roles and responsibilities, the students choreographed and created an award winning piece.  Entitled ‘By the light of a forbidden sun’, the piece opens in a small fishing village which is a happy and hard-working place.  It is there that a young girl falls in love with a local fisherman and they look towards a new life together.  However, the girl is manipulated into becoming a Geisha and she is sold to a man she has no feelings for.

The regimented life of a Geisha was well-rendered by the chorus of identical Geisha women and their sharp and dynamic phrase of movement.  Costumed in vibrant red kimonos, pale white faces and seductive red lips, the Geishas held authority and stature.  The tension built to a dramatic end where the local fisherman fought for his love and rescued her from a life where she would have been trapped and manipulated.

Mark Rutherford has been successful in this competition before but this year was exceptional.  We received 12 awards overall including excellence for:

Set Design and function
Stage crew, Soundtrack
Costuming character
Stage Use
Performance Skill

The school was also awarded the Cultural and Educational Achievement Award for the research and planning that went into the piece by the students.  Overall the piece was placed first and the team have won a place in the Southern Open Final which will take place in Portsmouth on Friday 19th June 2015. The piece will also be showcased in the school’s annual Dance Display on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th June 2015.


Urdang Dance Academy

Kane Horn in Yr13 has successfully auditioned for a place at Urdang Dance Academy in London. Hundreds of dancers audition for this school and there are limited places. Kane has been given an unconditional offer which is amazing! To add to the success, he then auditioned for a scholarship with the school and he has been given a 90% scholarship which is fantastic news!



Salters Regional Chemistry Festival

We came a very respectable 3rd in the Salters Science Challenge on 1 April 2014. The students were an absolute credit to the school and were commended for their behaviour and participation. The judges were extremely impressed by the fact that they had their own labcoats!


Rock Challenge 2014

On 25 February 2014, a group of 44 students (including crew) went to the Rock Challenge Competition in Stevenage. After a very long, tiring, but rewarding day, the students put on an amazing and emotional performance. The Compare said she was “quite emotional” after watching them, and the judges feedback was outstanding, commenting on the quality of the piece, the costumes and overall performance and stating that it was “a timeless piece, one that I won’t ever forget”.

The students were awarded 2nd place along with 6 other awards for:

  • Choreography,
  • Drama,
  • Concept,
  • Performance skill,
  • Video performance
  • Soundtrack

Students have been working hard on this piece since October last year. There was a mix of dancers, actors and crew.  Rules stated that we had 4 minutes to set up all of our set and props, and 4 minutes to take it all down again at the end which is where the crew came in.  They had practiced their own challenge of the set and worked in the wings (the side of stage) during the show dealing with costume changes and props (we had lots this year).

There will be another chance to see this 6 award winning performance live at Dance Display later in the year.



First and Second for Mark Rutherford Racers

Students took place in the Bedford Autodrome School Gran Prix on Sunday 16th June 2013. To read more, click here!


Dance for Life
Marked Movement Dance Company entered the Dance make your move competition on Saturday 22nd June at Bedford University. Our piece was created based on the work of the British Red Cross looking at how they reunite families who are tragically pulled apart by natural disasters, in particular the Haiti Earthquake. We were pleased to be award best theatrical performance and were placed first in our heat. This led for us to take part in the regional Final on Sunday 30th June. We were awarded best dynamic performance but unfortunately didn’t make it through to the final. All students performed fantastically well and were an asset to the school.



2012 Pride of Bedfordshire

Mark Rutherford took part in volunteering with the Paralympic teams, who stayed in Bedford over summer. For the team, summer was packed with opportunities to support in training, co-ordinate events and translate (or attempt to!) There were new challenges every day- ranging from frantically searching for half of a team scattered around the town, to organising ‘breakfast rations’, to rather one-sided javelin competitions with enthusiastic athletes. Following this, the team were nominated for two of the Pride in Bedfordshire Awards for 2012. The awards evening was held at the Bedford Corn Exchange. Out of the 10 awards presented that evening, the team were honoured to receive the award for ‘Raising the Profile of the town’.


Bedfordshire’s Hidden Treasures
The Times and Citizen ran a picture competition in association with Bedford Camera Club.   In the U18 Category two of our students won prizes.  The winner was Natalie Fearon, Year 10, who won the judges over with her picture of Daisies in Harold Odell Country Park. The judges remarked, “Bright, bold and full of impact. Natalie’s photograph interprets the Hidden Treasures theme in a unique and original style.”

Third place went to Lydia Stephenson, Year 11, with her image of a rainbow at Blunham Parish Church.  “Rainbows don’t last long so Lydia’s picture is a great example of capturing the ‘decisive moment’”, the judges said.  Well done to both girls.




The new season has started with high aspirations of learning from our successes in 2011. The Regulations have changed yet again, meaning that adjustments and additions have had to be made to our two cars; AD1 & AD2.

The original Rutherford Racers are now in Year 11 and have been unable to commit as much time as previously due to their impending GCSE’s. However, a new young energetic bunch of students have stepped up to the challenge and assisted with the creation of car No. 3! This has a totally new steering and braking arrangement with improved gearing to make it ‘Leaner and meaner’. We ran AD1 & AD2 at the Season opener at Silverstone on 27th March, providing our new drivers a good opportunity to get to grips with the cars. Both cars ran well and provided some pleasing times.  The second outing was to Mallory Park in Leicestershire where AD2 & AD3 (inaugural run) set some really exciting lap times with AD3 showing it is a car to watch over the season. Although as this piece is being written, it is in an unpainted state.

There is another practice opportunity at Bedford Autodrome on Wednesday 30th May before the Bedford School’s challenge at the same venue on Sunday 17th June where we will be trying to regain our title!  We hope to see as many parents and students there as possible to support us.  There are other races through July and September where we will be competing to gain ensured entry to the Finals at Goodwood.

As always, the Team welcomes any contributions or sponsorship to improve our cars and keep this opportunity alive for our students. Please contact Julia Wells at the school if you can assist in any way.



Mark Rutherford School ranked 7th in the UK; 3rd in East of England and 1st in Bedfordshire in
National Science & Engineering Week Maths Competition on Dr Marcus du Sautoy’s Manga High

During Science & Engineering Week 2012, all Mark Rutherford School students from years 7 to 11 were registered to earn medals in a national mathematics competition. A school had to be “in it to win it”. The competition was organised by a team advised by a Professor of mathematics from Oxford University who is also seen on television: Professor Marcus du Sautoy.  The competition ran for 9 days via a website: Each time a student successfully completed a mathematical challenge, they won a “virtual” medal. More time, effort and success meant an individual won more medals.


577 attendees from Mark Rutherford School used in the days leading to noon on Sunday 18 March.  Of those, 398 earned at least one medal. Overall, the school’s students won 895 bronze medals, 388 silver medals and 459 gold medals.  When the competition closed at 12pm on Sunday 18 March 2012, Mark Rutherford School ranked 7th in the UK; 3rd in East of England and 1st in Bedfordshire. The final top ten schools included two grammar schools (Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys and Lancaster Royal Grammar School). The competition was well-publicised by the organisers of National Science & Engineering Week and was open to all schools: state and privately funded.

The highest ranked student from Mark Rutherford School was Stephen Headley from year 10. 
The highest ranked individuals from each Mark Rutherford School year group were:

Year 11 - Jake Graham - 15 gold medals
Year 10 - Stephen Headley - 28 gold medals
Year 9 - Jacob Campbell - 19 gold medals
Year 8 - Gintare Martinkute - 18 gold medals
Year 7 - Ajay Mehmi - 12 gold medals

The accompanying photo shows Stephen Headley, the highest ranked individual, receiving a prize from Mark Rutherford School’s Principal, Mr Steve Peacey.  The best performers from each year group won a chocolate Easter egg and gold medal. In the photo, named left-to-right, are Ajay Memhi, Mr Steve Peacey (Principal), Stephen Headley, Gintare Martinkute, Jake Graham and Richard Wilson (Head of Mathematics).  The best performing classes in each year group are also receiving prizes.



Awards Evening 2012

Here are a selection of photographss taken during our Annual Awards Evening, held at the Corn Exchange in May. The evening celebrates the commitment & achievement of our students. Well done to all of them.



Rock Challenge 2012

Our students won four awards including Best Choreography and Performers' Choice.  What a great acheivement!



Annual Awards Evening

We held our Annual Awards evening at the Corn Exchange in Bedford. This took place on 5th May and was a successful evening where over one hundred and forty students received prizes and trophies in celebration of their hard work and accademic talents.



Mark Rutherford Upper School win Enterprise Business Challenge 2010

A team of Year 10 students won this year's Enterprise Business Challenge, held at Cranfield School of Management, recently ranked the top UK business school for customised executive development by the Financial Times.

Over 50 students competed to win the one-day business simulation competition.  This is the first challenge for this year group and was jointly organised by the Centre for Customised Executive Development at Cranfield and the Develop EBP as part of Enterprise week.

Each team of six Business Studies or Economics students took on the role of a top management team just starting up in business.  They faced an uncertain market and had to take decisions about capital investment, marketing, sales and pricing. 

The students seemed to have a lot of fun doing the business simulation.  The exercise improves their decision-making skills, develops their team-working abilities and increases their knowledge of key business areas. Business simulations are very popular with corporate clients who want to experiment with business concepts in a fun, challenging but risk-free environment.

Our students had a fantastic time and were delighted to win the event. They learnt a huge amount during the day and it certainly gave a different view of their capabilities. We really appreciated the venue, the structure of the day, the lunch and the small things like water and snacks on the table and the warmth and support of the organizers. Our Head and leadership team were very impressed with the event and the students success and it was the lead story in our whole school assembly!''

Here is a picture of the winning team!


"The Life and Loves of Enid Blyton- Year 12 students lead you through the creative maze that was Enid's mirrored personal and professional life. From her early aspirations to her later achievements, you see it all."

The performance was part of the North East Bedford Learning Trust and involved other Schools from the town.







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