Badley Weekend invites careful introspection

The imminent Badley Celebration Weekend, invites annual scrutiny of how faithful we are to the values of the school’s founder, John Badley – and indeed, how relevant/achievable the founding principles of the school are. Am talking about this – at Bedales assembly on Wednesday and Dunhurst Jaw on Friday – so that is further cause for careful introspection. Fundamental to Badley’s vision is the concept of continual scrutiny and re-evaluation of our educational purpose – famously, his dictum that a school should be “re-built” every 7 years. Whilst clearly mainly a figure of speech, it is a warning against complacency and a call for regular, honest scrutiny.

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.