University applications: early thoughts

The university cycle is, as you would expect of a cycle, starting up again: like those images of Egyptian snakes with their heads attached to their tails, it has an eternal as well as an agricultural quality. The harvest is almost in with the majority of universities having made their offers. Oxbridge have declared (a very good seven offers for us) and the whole cycle is starting to kick off again – for our current 6.1s and for our Professional Guidance team.

Timelines are being scanned by parents new to university application 2015 style and Top Up  (= Top University Preparation) classes are starting up. How handy therefore to find an article that gives both overview and reassurance; and it’s by one of our governors, Tim Hands, whose various hats (Master of Magdalen College School, former Chair of HMC and former chair of Independent Schools’ University Committee) put him in a particularly good position to comment on the changing landscape. And, for those of you who are Gilbert and Sullivan fans there’s some of that too. Click here to listen to the article (scroll down to End Piece).


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.