Head, Hand and Heart

Bedales was founded to be different. Where other independent boarding schools imposed conformity, we have always nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind. Our founder, J H Badley, wanted to educate the whole person – 'head, hand and heart'. Pursuing this ideal, Bedales has evolved constantly. Most recently, we have led the way in replacing some GCSEs with our own more interesting and more demanding Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs).

The students who will gain most from our community are those who will give most and join us wholeheartedly in this unique educational experience.

This website gives a flavour, so please browse and enjoy. But do come and visit us to experience what makes Bedales special. Our next Open Day is on Saturday 10 May 2014.

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Keith Budge
Headmaster, Bedales Schools             Read Keith's blog

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Battlefields visit 2014


Bedales students trace WW1 ancestors in historic visit to Battlefields

To mark the occasion of the WW1 Centenary, 77 Block 3 (Year 9) Bedales students conducted a History tour of The Battlefields of Belgium and France (Ypres and The Somme) to trace relatives and Bedalians who died during the war.

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Theo Truss


Bedales Prep pupil selected for Hampshire cricket

A pupil from Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, was congratulated by the school community after being selected as batsman and leg-spin bowler for the Hampshire county cricket U10 squad.

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IGCSE Student success


Bedales student mathematicians excel in early IGCSE results

Bedales student mathematicians are celebrating after receiving the highest IGCSE grade accolades following exams taken earlier than usual. In total 21 Block 5 (Year 11 students) sat the exam early, with 18 students achieving A* grades and three receiving A grades.

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Louise Wilson


Bedales appoints new Deputy

Bedales has appointed a new Deputy Head to commence in September this year. Louise Wilson, currently a Deputy Head at Portsmouth Grammar School, will be replacing Dominic Oliver, who leaves Bedales to take up the role of Headmaster at Lancing College.

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Youth Dance Platform 2014


Bedales showcases best local dance talent

Bedales Olivier Theatre played host to a stunning display of local dance talent at the school’s Youth Dance Platform this month, followed by Bedales Dance Performs two days later.

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Bedales students selected for County Hockey Squads


Bedales students selected for county hockey squads

Bedales students Becky Grubb and sisters Amy and Pippa Lock are delighted to have secured places on squads at county level following a series of trials. Block 5 (Year 11) student Becky will be playing for the Hampshire U17 squad. Amy, also in Block 5, will be playing for the Sussex U16 squad and her sister Pippa in Block 3 (Year 9) will be playing for the Sussex U13.

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St Luke's Concert - 2014


Composer hears Bedales musicians perform his anthem

Bedales students from Years 10-13 performed a wonderful lunch-time concert at St Luke’s Church in London’s Chelsea this month. The audience of parents, alumni, prep school and primary school teachers and pupils, and a renowned classical composer enjoyed a rich variety of musical ensembles from the School’s Cecilia Consort, Recorder Consort, Barbershop Boys and Woodwind Trio.

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Bedales Rock Show 2014


Bedales celebrates 10th anniversary of legendary Rock Show

Bedales’ now legendary Rock Show took centre stage in the school’s Olivier Theatre earlier this month for the 10th anniversary of the event.

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Bedales 1st girls' football team 2013-2014


Bedales nets wins in netball, football, hockey and swimming

Bedales students have began the first half of the spring term with a series of sporting successes, scoring wins across the board.

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Petersfield Shakespeare Festival


Bedales’ Petersfield Shakespeare Festival opens for auditions

The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival returns to Bedales in July this year and auditions will be taking place this weekend (15th and 16th February) in preparation for the summer production.

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Xavier Pye


Bedales student honours work of Winston Churchill through ambitious Art project

Bedales Block 5 (Year 11) student Xavier Pye received a congratulatory letter from his Member of Parliament after successfully completing an ambitious art project as part of his Bedales Assessed Course (BAC) art work, the school’s alternative to GCSE.

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The normal school timetable applies - there are no special events taking place today. Please visit the Bedales events calendar here.


The normal school timetable applies - there are no special events taking place today. Please visit the Dunhurst events calendar here.


The normal school timetable applies - there are no special events taking place today. Please visit the Dunannie events calendar here.