A carefully calibrated and honed system to help 6.1 students

Alternating between two words –  scary and mind-focussing – when talking with the Bedales 6.1 parents before they start their meetings with teachers on Saturday afternoon: scary because these students, who in certain cases may still think of themselves as newly emerged from having done GCSEs and BACs, are a mere 16 months away from leaving school, with those defining A Levels in the can; mind-focussing, because they have just sat their AS Mock exams, which indicate all too graphically how much needs to be done between now and the summer exams. And now, the lower sixth year is cruelly changed from how it was even in the youngest of parents’ day. The major thread in my talk is the support that they will have over ensuing months to ensure that they have the best possible chance of success with their higher education applications: 1 to 1 interviews with Vikki, our HE advisor going on now; a talk (on Friday) from nine current 6.2s on their hot-off-the-press experience of successful applications; our Old Bedalian University Fair in June when we will have 30+ OBs in the Library for a morning, sharing their experience of particular places and courses with our students – and this is before we get into the immediate run-up to UCAS applications in September. The most important adjunct to this message?  That we have a carefully calibrated and honed system that will help you as much as we can – you, the student, need to be pulling your weight – and quickly.

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. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.