Life-changing opportunities for Bosnian scholars

Week begins in Sarajevo where I am interviewing potential HMC (Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) scholars for the HMC Eastern European Projects, a scheme that started soon after the collapse of the USSR and was initially backed by Soros money. We are picking 55 scholars from 11 countries and I am doing Bosnia- Herzegovina. So, although I am quite used to interviewing potential 6th formers, there are some big adjustments to make and it is intriguing and humbling to be part of it. I am reminded how life-changing are the opportunities that our schools can provide, especially if you come from an area like Sarajevo, which has had such a grim time, making so many headlines it would rather have avoided. 

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.