BFS Logo
 Bristol Free School
  • Image of student


In and amongst our GCSE exam results one detail has stood out. We have the second highest percentage of students attaining the ‘ebacc’ (English, maths, science, history or geography and a language) in Bristol. We outperform our more established peers by a considerable margin. It’s not the most dominant of pieces of data, but it does provide a clear indication of what we feel is important. We want young people to study a language, it is an empowering choice.

One of the interesting statistics from our recent exam results showed that the average grade in English for students at BFS with above 95% attendance (the national average, in fact) was an ‘A’. Conversely, the average for students below 85% was a 3. It provides empirical evidence of the link between good attendance and high attainment. It also seems clear that taking any days off, unless absolutely necessary (i.e norovirus-esque emissions) compromises future prospects. We want our young people to be resilient. We know sometimes they are ill. However, we must keep absence from school to an absolute minimum. We will contact you at various points when we have concerns, however small they may seem, and we value your hard work as parents in developing strong and robust young people, able to cope with the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, as well as minor headaches and runny noses.

Paul Jones


View Add to your diary
Open Events

Registration for our two Open Days and Open Evening is now open. To take the opportunity to visit the school and learn more about us and admissions for September 2018, visit this page to register.

Curriculum Information Evenings

Year 10 and 11 Curriculum information evenings are being held on the following dates:

Year 10 - Thursday 21 September

Year 11 - Thursday 28 September 

Both evenings will run from 6-7pm and take place in the Sixth Form Common Room. 

All parents are encouraged to attend to find out more details of GCSE courses, support you can give as a parent and our expectations as a school.

Exam Results

If you have any queries regarding exam results, please contact Julie Jones on

Pupil Premium and Free School Meals

Pupil Premium is additional funding for every child who is eligible for free school meals throughout their time at school. Information about Free School Meals and the Pupil Premium can be found here. Please also refer to the guide for parents.

Free school meals applications for Bristol Free School should be made online here.

Further Pupil Premium information for Bristol Free School can be found here.

Site Search

AEN Coffee Morning

The AEN Coffee Morning scheduled for 13 September is being postponed. 


Our prospectus for 2017/18 is available to read online here.