Listening to the Bedales community

In assembly on Wednesday, I talk about different ways that a community like ours listens to itself: lots that happens internally via School Council, student committees, students on staff committees, head’s and governors’ question times etc; but the new kid of the block is the whole school and whole parent survey (thank you Survey Monkey), whose results are now complete. So I do some feedback, in particular on areas where there is strong agreement between the parental view and the student view, such as the reasons for choosing boarding. My feedback to parents will initially be via a presentation I will give at the BPA AGM on Saturday 1 March; then through an email to all parents in the ensuing week.

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.