Bedford High School is larger than the average-sized secondary school. The proportion of students known to be eligible for the pupil premium is above the national
average. The pupil premium is additional funding for students known to be eligible for free
school meals, those from families in the armed services and those in local authority care.
The proportion of students from minority ethnic backgrounds is below the national average. The proportion of students who speak English as an additional language is below the national
The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs supported
through school action is below the national average.
The proportion of pupils supported at school action plus or with a statement of special
educational needs is similar to the national average.
The school meets the government's current floor standards, which set the minimum expectations
for students' attainment and progress.
The school uses Wigan's Pupil Referral Unit to provide alternative off-site provision for some
The proportion of students that leave or join the school at times other than the start of Year 7 is
well above the national average. This is mainly due to the closure of a local high school in
September 2011 when over 130 students joined the school across Years 9, 10 and 11.
The school is a member of the Wigan schools' consortia. The school has achieved several awards in recognition of the quality of its work. These include
the Eco Schools Silver Award, the Bronze Arts Award, Champion School for Musical Futures and
the International Schools award.
Following the death of the previous headteacher, a new headteacher was appointed in
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