Creating international citizens

Assembly on Wednesday and I am feeding back on progress with the term-long consultation on Outreach and International Citizenship. This started with an assembly by me at the start of term, when I outlined the need to move ahead with this and put some guiding principles out for discussion; it then progressed to a whole school consultation (via tutors and small groups chaired by 6.2s), discussion with the International Committee, School Council and various senior staff consultations. From this, I shaped a plan. Now, the next stage is to see what the response is to the plan I have outlined – the responses will come directly to me, or Graham Banks (who is in charge of Outreach) or to the student sub-group of the International Committee. The plan? To set up two new outreach projects in the UK next year; and, in parallel to this, identify three more schools abroad that we can develop reciprocal student exchanges with – in the USA, South America and India. Central to all this would be the expectation that all Bedalians would take part in at least one of these during the second half of their time here. More details anon.

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.