Poetic justice on the football pitch

Hurrah, the sun!  Finally, after 17 days of the summer term, we have a sunny day – not in time to rescue the taking of the school photos (one serious and one not so, due to happen on Thursday), but in time to shine on the opening of the Petersfield Shakespeare Festival, which head of drama, Jay Green, is starting this July in the new outdoor theatre (constructed by 6.2s in the Badley Celebration Weekend close to the Sotherington Barn). Spooks actor Rupert Penry Jones cuts the willow thread and says a few well chosen words in what we will now call the Sotherington Theatre. 

Then the sun shines on one of the most hard-fought sporting occasions of the year, the annual 6.1 vs 6.2 boys’ football match. The build up has been tense; a promotional film has been produced by the 6.2s; natty (pink) strips with compelling, witty legends on them have been ordered; cheerleaders commissioned; managers appointed; members of staff lobbied to support one side or the other. It’s an unusually (for us) black and white occasion: if you’re not for us you’re against us. Although I accidentally wear a pink shirt, I remain (of course) unpartisan, although, rather as with a tussle between an elder and younger brother, there is something liable to lead to less grumpiness when the senior side wins – which happens with, as they point out serially, poetic justice, 6 – 2.  Most importantly, aside of some genial pitch invasions and mobbing of goal scorers, it passes off without unexpected or untoward incident and is conducted in a fierce but sportsmanlike spirit.

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.