Hoorah for a relatively balmy and entirely dry Parents’ Day

Hoorah! In the wettest June since 1860, we have a relatively balmy and entirely dry Parents’ Day. Although some brisk gusts mean that I find myself tightening some guy ropes on one of the many vendors’ tents initiallly, the day proceeds happily and well. Although the inner Teuton is an essential part of my headmagisterial DNA, Parents’ Day allows the Italian within to have a brief scamper, whether that is through the ice-creams sold for Swaziland (raising over £1000, I am told) or the wonderful opera workshop, taken by legendary singing teacher, Philip Guy-Bromley. Art and Design, as ever, impress hugely. Picnics take place amongst the well barbered Orchard; OBs join the band performing on the Steephurst lawn and Dave Greenman’s catering team play a blinder, both on Parents’ Day and in support of the fantastic Bedales Parents’ Association fundraising evening the night before. The formal end to the day is signalled with the Serenade in Boys’ Flat courtyard: this brings to an end a remarkable Summer Concert. My day finishes in the early hours – at the “25 years on” OB reunion – chatting with a delightful Finnish OB who came here for a year over 25 years ago and who recounts how formative that one year was for his education and subsequent career. 

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.