Sense of renewal

Schools are energised each September by a sense of renewal. Its origins? A healthy crop of new teachers, new students, new courses and that sense amongst returning students that they have moved to a different stage and now are the people they might have looked up to a year or so ago. In addition, there is something invigorating about returning to find that a playground has been created, a lab refurbished, a new suite of computers installed, ancient windows replaced, landmark buildings re-painted, netball and tennis courts re-surfaced and the eccentricities of the Bedales Quad AV system finally mastered. Of course it is the people-based stuff that matters most, but without the intrepid work of our support staff over the holidays and the money to plough back into the schools to keep improving things, the returning people wouldn’t feel quite the boost they currently do.

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.