By Phil Tattersall-King, Deputy Head (Co-curricular)
I am pleased to announce changes to the key dates for the 2020-21 academic year. The changes have come from listening to feedback and from years of working with students and recognising the times their energy starts to dip – particularly around the first half term and long leave weekends.
For many years, Bedalians have had to show stamina in this long first term but fatigue has always been a factor, even for the many who have excelled this year. Therefore, the introduction of a two-week half term is to allow for a meaningful break and a chance to return refreshed. This will provide better support for those students going out on trips to Eswatini or the carousel of Global Awareness destinations, allowing for both exploration and recuperation. As a result, we will be teaching later into December (just as we will in Easter) but with a later return in the New Year.
For those of you who remember the 13+ assessments on 2 January, a sharp return from festivities almost as bracing as the inclement weather outside, these will now be on the more family-friendly 11 January for new students looking to join Bedales in 2021.