A perfect chemistry

The half term break reminds me what a reinvigorating place London is and how much there is here on our doorstep that reflects the best on offer. Over a few days for us this comprises the British Design 1948-2012, Innovation in the Modern Age exhibition in the V & A, the Royal Academy’s Summer Exhibition and Antigone at the National. Throw in a brilliant historical novel (Hilary Mantel‘s Bring up the Bodies), a thought-provoking bit of history (Savage Continent, about Europe in the aftermath of WW2 and a book bound to make you look at Greece, the Ukraine and Poland differently) and some flag-waving and you have, for me at least, a perfect chemistry.

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.