A busy start to term

Cakes and ale no more, as Mock GCSEs, A Level modules and the diurnal working routine kick in yesterday on our first day back. Spring terms are gritty, business-like affairs – the only term not to end with festivity or to involve saying hello or goodbye to incoming or outgoing students. Much to look forward to, nonetheless, in particular a glittering round of visiting speakers, beginning with the philosopher Nigel Warburton on Friday and continuing with the FT’s Slow Lane columnist, Harry Eyres on Tuesday. Plenty to continue to celebrate in terms of university offers too – more later this week on that. Also, pleasing to reflect on a cheering few days last week when we met a strong group of applicants for next year’s Block 3 entry. Our  unusual (unique, I think, in the UK) residential assessment method involves the candidates staying for two nights and, as well as having the full battery of academic tests, experiencing the breadth of Bedales life – outdoor work, drama, sport, music, dance, art, design and, of course, life on the boarding house. We enjoy the experience and gain a very good overall picture indeed; in general they enjoy it too. 

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music school. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.