Quick tootle round Design on Sunday afternoon: it’s the second of the BAC all-in weekends for the Block 5s and there is an air of focussed, calmly urgent industry as the students work towards the end of term BAC deadline. BAC Design happily allows for a good level of ambition in the choice of project and, mirroring the design process in later life, puts the emphasis on design and making, rather than diverting a great deal of time to writing up and neatly presenting the writing product. So, Ed B-W is enmeshed (expertly, I know) in the guts of his proto-laptop, soldering like a dervish. Abbie A’s clever piece of furniture looks like a neat, deep coffee table, but can magic into a bed. Jasper F-W’s mahogany and ash bench has lovely curves and will be good for two. Vincent H’s table looks, well, very chipboard and rather boxy..silly me, it’s a mould! And, taking a leaf out of the building technique that gave the Orchard Building its structural core, he is going to pour concrete into the mould and make a concrete table that, in the great tradition of the Arts & Crafts, is true to the material. An impressive variety of pieces which has me egging them on mentally towards what I am sure will be great final products. And all made possible by such committed colleagues – Ben, Alex and Mo who are hard at work, advising and cajoling.
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.