Consultative bodies important for ensuring voices can be heard

The week closes with meetings of two of our venerable consultative bodies – School Council (99 years old this year) and the BPA – Bedales Parents’ Association. Both are important for ensuring that voices – student and parental – can be heard; both are influential sounding boards as well. For School Council this week’s topics include IT (blocked websites), late nights for working out of house (6.1s wanting more), Saturday Bulletin (yes, please circulate to students too) and (the most expansive item, this) the breadth of opportunities for musicans (JFP = great, but let’s have more informal performance chances for less confident musicians). BPA matters on Saturday include an update on governor business from new Chair, Matthew Rice, consistency of tutoring and AS results – marking (of which more later this week) and transparency, communication on staff departures, as well as feedback from the individual groups of Friends (of Bedales, Dunhurst and Dunannie). At home it is departure for university time for our #2 son: inflation-adjusting the allowance and thinking about the year ahead (year 4, Hispanic Studies); very probably the final year of formal education and some discussion about potential job applications: huzzah!

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales School


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.