A weekend of re-affirmation and celebration of Badley’s values

A weekend of re-affirmation and celebration of Badley’s values kicks off for me with my Badley Jaw at Dunhurst. Tweed and a scythe are my main props: tweed breeches because they are the nearest thing I have to John Badley’s customary Norfolk breeks with their rural practicality; scythe because of the strong culture of hands-on agricultural engagement. Then it’s on to the Ed Hall (OB) production of Henry V – a pocket one but with palpable energy and ingenuity. For me as for most of the students the rest of the weekend is a varied mixture of hands on work – the re-surfacing of the section of the Hanger’s Way that goes from the school to Petersfield, outreach (in the warehouse of homeless charity Stonepillow for me) and workshops on everything from African Drumming through to Amnesty International. For many the culmination to Saturday night’s entertainment – Bourgeois and Maurice – was a difficult to beat highlight. Now, am in Belfast with HMC ranks massing. More on this on Wednesday.

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.