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Helen is new Head

Monday 11 January 2021

New Head at The Bedford Sixth Form is Helen Smith. She takes over from Paul Clarkson who has retired after leading the educational establishment to becoming the largest of its kind in Bedfordshire, with 650 students.

The imposing, historic property, containing all the latest facilities, is a spacious environment for 16+ students to focus on A Level and BTEC studies.

In 2020, students achieved a 99.8% pass rate with grades enabling them to go on to their first choice universities, or to take up quality employment opportunities.


New Head Helen is a champion of people progressing on to degrees, something which young people may have to embrace in the fast-changing employment environments ahead.

She has four degrees in: Psychology, Law, Teaching and an MA in Educational Leadership.

I am passionate about learning and believe all people should be given the chance to achieve their potential. The Bedford Sixth Form is great starting place for those aged 16+ on that journey towards the university, or employment, of their choice and to encourage them in the belief that continuing professional development is a positive pathway,” said Helen.

Previously employed at the Melton Vale Sixth Form, Brooke House College and Cardinal Wiseman School, Helen has a combination of independent school and 16+ specialist expertise. 

The Bedford Sixth Form in Bromham Road was the former Harpur Trust exclusive Girls’ High School, and is known as “Hogwarts” by some because of its gothic-style architecture, including a church now used as restaurant. Behind the facade the building has been re-equipped with the latest technology and learning systems. It has its own theatre, swimming pool and sports facilities which are made available to the public via www.trinityleisure.co.uk

The Bedford Sixth Form is holding a virtual Open Day Thursday 26th January, from 5.00pm – 8.00pm.Find out more and register here.