The Wright Stuff

Although John Badley and Sir Terence Conran never met, they would clearly have agreed about learning through doing: Sir Terence’s concluding comment in his Talking Design was devoted to the importance of designers being makers; and Badley’s dicta about learning through doing are legion. So, it was with a particular spring in my step that I saw a good deal of this on Saturday afternoon, first of all seeing part of a dress rehearsal for the Sixth Form production, Pornography, a disturbing portrayal of London and the 7/7 bombings, conceived by the playwright Simon Stephens, in its final stages of making, as sound, light, movement, voice and an unusually malleable text come together. I suspect that our audiences this week will be struck by it. Then on to Outdoor Work, where, it being a BAC all in weekend, we have all sorts of wrights: two meditation hut ones (Clare D and Amy L) making the former turkey hut into a place to think greater and more comfortable thoughts (literally, I mean); ice-cream tricycle wrights (Harriet K and Winnie H); Bee project wrights (Izzy R and Tilly C); clock tower wrights (Cameron C and George B); Observatory wrights (Louis H, Nav K, Will H, Tamara C and Xav P); Gypsy caravan wrights (Nat A and Rori A); and finally, those mechanical stalwarts, the Land Rover wrights (Alex H, Chris B and Fergus P).

Although a tad chilly the weekend was warmed by a bakery-cooked supper on Saturday night of our very own Jacob’s lamb – and no doubt much hatching of future plans for sundry and ambitious making to come.

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.