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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 have been really impressed by how warm and welcoming  people are which really emphasises the sense of community.

    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
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Year 1 Assembly9:00am - 10:00am
U10 Netball tournament at Churcher's Junior School (A)1:30pm - 5:00pm
Girls' 1st & 2nd Netball v Christs Hospital (A)2:30pm - 4:30pm