Higher education advice for 6.1s

Sun shines briefly over the weekend – on Saturday on our last open day of the year (marked by a certain amount of dressing up by 6.2s taking their final tours), the Block 4 parent-teacher talks; and on Sunday’s South Downs Sustainability Fair, whose concluding parade is led by a group of Bedales teachers and students, again suitably togged and face-painted. Sunday evening is a tad more prosaic as colleagues involved with higher education and I meet with 6.1 parents to talk about this crucial concluding phase of the students’ careers. As well as outlining what we do to help and when, we look at previous years’ trends – where our students went and what they chose to study. There are some clear trends, such as more students each year looking at universities overseas, but the tight clutch of most highly favoured universities are the same a generation on. In many cases, this is for very good reasons, such as the quality of the university and how much other Bedalians have enjoyed their experience there.  Important nonetheless to do all we can to erode some prejudices which can limit choice, for example against certain very strong Midlands’ universities – Sheffield and Nottingham in particular. We’re publishing more pages on the website to show exactly what we are doing when. Meanwhile, once AS exams are over, the 6.1s will focus on all of this, with an intensive Higher Education day in mid June and then the Old Bedalian HE Fair when we bring 20-30 OBs back from the full range of courses and universities and set the current 6.1s loose on them. It is very productive.

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.