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Academic Extension

We believe that all pupils should be enriched beyond the ‘normal’ classroom curriculum, and to this end we offer a number of exciting opportunities to pupils. The below is not an exclusive list:

  • Clubs, societies and meetings – whether involving just Bedford Modern pupils or indeed pupils from various schools in the Bedford area
  • Links to external bodies, reading and websites away from the classroom to promote further pupil enjoyment of subjects. Please click here to view news site The Day which pupils have access to 
  • Trips to museums, galleries and other places of educational interest, whether they be in Britain or overseas
  • Access to our own electronic VLE where pupils can find materials to supplement their classroom learning
  • A large, well-equipped and well-staffed Library, where pupils can indulge existent or develop new academic passions

Academic Extension Days

Academic Extension Days are arranged for whole year groups once a year for Years 7-10, and throughout the year other events are organised which are carefully planned to inspire and stretch students.

Examples of whole year days include the Forensic Sciences day for Year 8 students and a Business Enterprise day for Year 10 students.


We offer the Higher Project Qualification (HPQ) to Year 10 pupils, run by AQA. This is an exciting opportunity for students, in conjunction with a supervisor who is a member of the staff, to pursue an area of interest outside of the curriculum; it is also worth the equivalent of a GCSE. Participation in the HPQ is optional but an ideal way to develop skills that will make the transition to the Sixth Form a little easier, and is a good example of the extra opportunities we offer to all pupils.

In the Sixth Form, we offer the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), currently offered to students in Year 13.

Increasingly, universities are recognising the EPQ (the equivalent of an AS grade) as proof that the student has the requisite transferable skills to make a success of undergraduate life. This year we have 40 students enrolled on the EPQ, a challenge that sees pupils research and write on a topic of their own choosing. It is a highly challenging undertaking by pupils, but is excellent preparation for university life and is a superb addition to any pupil’s CV as it shows independence, organisation and dedication beyond most normal school leavers.

Stretching the most able

We believe that our most academically-able pupils should receive specific, targeted opportunities to ensure that they are stretched and challenged. We identify such pupils in a variety of different ways, and then offer specific focus and opportunities to these pupils, including:

  • Differentiated challenge and opportunity in lessons, including setting in some subjects
  • Academic societies, to which academically-able pupils are invited such as the Academic Performance Programme or the Sixth Form ‘Philosophy of Academia’ series which prepares pupils for the most competitive university courses
  • Promotion of external competitions like Maths Olympiads, essay competitions run by universities and other such challenging opportunities
  • Specific trips for the most academically able. We take small groups of academically-able students on study days in Cambridge and Oxford where they have attended a variety of lectures, workshops and productions
  • Specialist Oxbridge, Vet and Medical preparation in the Sixth Form as one example of the extra investment we make to support our most able pupils

In particular, our Academic Performance Programme is targeted to the very most able in any year, ensuring that these pupils are stretched and extended as a group in their own right.

If you have any questions about Academic Extension please contact: Mrs Dawn Costello or Miss Helen Morey.