A great sense of expectancy as the school gathers together for the first time

Bewitching early morning walks with frisky black dog – now through a populated school and in the most Keatsian of mellow fruitfulness. Starts of academic years are, in the best sense, far from mellow. Each student’s Bedales timetable is, for all the right reasons, complex and individual, with academic lessons, additional one to one lessons (music, Lamda etc), activities and sport all slotted in.  As ever, a great sense of expectancy as the school gathers together for the first time. Teachers are thoroughly geed up through a series of INSET sessions, most memorably, Barry Hymer on ways we can develop our students’ learning – inspiring stuff from a former teacher who understands the ebb and flow of the classroom. Always good to see how our teachers relish getting back in front of their classes after the long break – however refreshed and boosted they might be by thinking broadly about education, there is a different kind of light in their eyes once they are back doing what they love.

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.