A weeekend of activity at Bedales Schools

A weekend of activity here with a Dunhurst Parents’ Day admirably focussed on giving parents an insight into the classroom experience with plenty of parental participation available  – from the Molymod Competition (making atomic models) in Science through to Group 2’s Shakespeare Puppet Theatre and Tudor Quiz. Sunday morning and the cast of Bedales Frogs are braving the cold June breeze in the outdoor Sotherington Theatre as they have their first dress rehearsal – which does include one frog character jumping in the nearby pond – well, he would, wouldn’t he? Sunday lunchtime and the Home-Start Butser annual picnic is underway; this is the second year we have hosted this event, supporting Home-Start Butser in the valuable work they do in the local community. Bedales student volunteers are to the fore – races, animal petting and barbecue are on offer. Then it is the Bedales Parents Association annual fundraiser – the Midsummer Music Festival: with the marquee on one side and the magnificent Sam Banks Pavilion (the beneficiary of most of last year’s fundraising effort) to the other, the Dunhurst field has a wonderful festival element. The musical talents – rock, folk and classical – of Bedales and Dunhurst students are enjoyed – 35 numbers in all – over the course of the afternoon; a good deal of money will have been raised – for Home-Start Butser and for the John Badley Foundation. Well done to the BPA!

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.