Poetry Society’s swift early morning climb to the Poet’s Stone

Beautiful weather greets the annual Poetry Society May breakfast; 12 students meet me and 2 dogs at 6.30 for a swift early morning climb to the Poet’s Stone; this year’s choices include Coleridge (Kubla Khan too), the Emilys Bronte and Dickinson, Yeats and Heaney (me).  We end suitably enough with Larkin’s Arundel Tomb (concluding line “..what will survive of us is love.”)  For the first time we are also accompanied by a poetry app and an iPad.  A great way to start the day.

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.