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Mark Lehain

Mark Lehain was the Founder & first Principal of Bedford Free School.

After a period working in the City, Mark trained as maths teacher in 2002 and then taught at a state school in Bedford. Having been Head of Department and then Assistant Head at Wootton Upper School, in 2010 he left to lead the campaign to open Bedford Free School.

He was Principal there until 2017, when he became Director of Parents & Teachers for Excellence, a group encouraging schools across the system to adopt best practice in the areas of behaviour, knowledge-rich curricula, rigorous and sensible assessments, and cultural enrichment.

When not advocating for educational reform, Mark can be found drinking copious quantities of coffee, running, and pretending that he knows how to manage his four young daughters.