Bedford Free School is a mainstream 11-16 secondary school in Bedford. The school was opened in 2012 by a group of teachers, families and local community members. It is smaller than many other local secondary schools, having only 100 students per year group. From Key Stage 3, every student will have whole-class guitar or violin lessons once a week. In collaboration with the Salvation Army, all students have access to the 'Just Brass' programme, whereby all students can learn a brass instrument for free. As part of its enhanced curriculum, the school also offers a number of electives which include activities such as coding, cross-stitching and ultimate frisbee.