The Bedales Difference

Keith Budge

Headmaster, Bedales Schools

Bedales was founded by John Haden Badley in 1893 to be a humane alternative to the authoritarian regimes typical of late-Victorian public schools.

The school became fully co-educational in 1898; students were given a formal voice by 1916, when the School Council was formed. Located in 120 acres of farmland, woods, orchards and playing fields, students still follow John Badley’s ideal of educating ‘head, hand and heart’.

The Memorial Library and adjoining Lupton Hall (the original assembly hall) are Grade-1 listed arts and crafts buildings. The Olivier Theatre (1998) and Orchard Building (2005) have both won awards for the quality and originality of their architecture. We are planning to open a new Art & Design building in 2016 to create a new artistic heart of the school adjacent to Outdoor Work where creativity, ingenuity and intelligence can flower.

A focus on the development of intelligence, initiative and individuality remains strong to this day, with students studying a broad curriculum across the schools. 

Read Keith's Blog

  • I was especially impressed by the facilities the school had to offer for a wider range of interests than most other 6th forms

    Bedales 6.1 student
  • From the EYFS, where provision is excellent, pupils are increasingly involved in their learning and make excellent progress.

    ISI Report, 2014, Bedales
  • Since starting at Bedales the best thing has been the conversation, with both teacher and other students; people at Bedales are the most worldly and interesting group I’ve ever joined into

    Bedales 6.1 student
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