Reflections on Sunday Telegraph article

Sunday’s Telegraph article provides an interesting backdrop to my Monday, as I head off early to visit a maintained sector school in Essex. Stimulating as ever, visiting a contrasting place which is doing all sorts of similar things very well, but in a very different part of the world with very different clientele. I am already looking forward to their return visit in January and to potential links from which both schools – staff and students – will have a lot to learn. Intriguing how parts of the world a mere 90 miles away seem so distant. Monday evening’s assembly is on the Swaziland trip that took place over half term – a brief talk by Lindsey Barnes followed by an excellent film (well done Elea W-S)  which captures the full spectrum of activities and emotions evoked by the trip and the project, where we started work on a new school. Having had my Poetry Society students in last thing (reading poems with wintery themes) I re-read the Telegraph article: we do all sound rather grumpy and I daresay have cause to about the matter in question but in other respects, few causes for being curmudgeonly.

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.