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.
Friday afternoon and the Pandora’s box of Careers is splendidly flung open, as Block 5s opt for three different careers talks, mostly given by parents, that they then attend. Thanks to the organisational and persuasive powers of head of careers, Alison Mason, and the generosity of so many parents, the range is tremendous: fashion design, commercial photography, technical analysis and media investment, documentary making and current affairs, illustrations, IT start-ups/web design/social networking sites, law, chemical engineering, aviation and becoming a pilot, dentistry, entrepreneurship, information services within finance, graphic design, TV production. product design and manufacture, estate agency and property development, medicine, insurance fund management, osteopathy, communications technology, advertising and marketing, private equity and sustainable housing. Whilst no student should feel any pressure to start making choices about what they might end up by doing, their awareness of the need to study subjects in the sixth form in order to keep certain options open (especially with, say engineering or medical-related careers) is sharpened by such sessions. For some students, these occasions sometimes have eureka moments too – aha! So, that’s why I am being so strongly encouraged to do well in my academic work! In addition, hearing the individual accounts helps them realise how important it is to do plenty outside your academic studies in order to extend your own range of experience and your personal qualities – at school, in higher education and in the holidays – so that when you are applying for jobs you have plenty of evidence of all those qualities that employers are expecting of you. So, plenty of thoughts set racing over the May holiday.
By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools