The people speak

The tide of big ideas has continued to flow: the Scottish independence debate on the eve of the poll, the vote (Scotland’s and Bedales’), local MP Damian Hinds’  Friday evening Civics on Social Mobility (which stirred up a good amount of fervent chat and thought), followed by Head of Economics and Politics Ruth Tarrant‘s assembly on devolution  (the Bedales model as an illustration of the UK one) have all been grist to the ideas mill.

Friday morning’s result, its ramifications for the UK and the awareness amongst our sixth formers that their contemporaries in Scotland have become politically engaged like no other recent group of UK teenagers have certainly lent an urgency to discussions about consensus, nationality and government.  It will be intriguing to see how this is translated into a broader interest in politics and next year’s election.

At a more local level here, the 2014/15 School Council is elected and has met.  The BDaily’s new team is in place, so, with strong year group representatives and a trenchant independent-minded Press, all should be well.


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.