Bedales set for Spring

Much PSHE in the Budge household – not just the fecund hens – but our black girl puppy Zazu reaches womanhood: now the horizon is scanned each walk for roving men dogs. Those previously innocent frisky play fights with other Bedales dog neighbours – Otto Coates, for example – pose a threat. Happily, at least as of this morning, Otto remains in the age of innocence and the puppyish frisking continues. With the new lime trees planted at the front of the school and the apple trees in the Orchard, we are set for Spring proper. Additional backdrop for me is All Roads Lead to France, Matthew Hollis’  poignant account of Edward Thomas’ relationships – with Steep, Frost (poet) and war – quite an insight on all counts, but very unfrisky.

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.