Capturing hearts and minds

6.1s are now back in school, with an important four week start on their A2 courses, so we have a good quorum for Wednesday’s Jaw, which is Graham Banks as i/c Outreach, talking about charitable giving – its history, the cultural differences (mainly between the USA and the UK) which affect philanthropy and Bedales’ record with charitable giving (to causes outside the school). There are great initiatives which have been successful in raising significant sums – for our Swaziland project, for example; in addition Block 4’s leadership with the Youth and Philanthropy Intitiative (YPI) and the ensuing Block 4 fundraising for the handful of charities who missed out on the YPI £3000 prize have mobilised students’ energy encouragingly. However, Graham was clear in setting out the ambition – to achieve something closer (on a per capita basis) to that achieved by another school, Tonbridge, where charitable giving is more embedded and more successful. The key to achieving this will, as ever here, lie in students’ hearts and minds being captured by the challenge.

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.