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 18 October 2014.

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Keith Budge
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The opening of the Kadian Observatory


Student-built observatory opened in memory of Kadian

A student-built observatory was officially opened on Parents’ Day at Bedales on 28 June 2014 in memory of Kadian Harding who tragically died in a cycling accident in Summer 2012.

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Bedales Art & Design building


Bedales builds for the Arts

Today Bedales, the school with the Arts at its heart, launches a campaign to fund an inspirational new Art & Design building in the very centre of the school. Planning permission has been granted for a two-storey barn that will enclose an open courtyard. A large and spreading oak tree is in the middle of this grassy quad and will dominate the development.

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Parents' Day 2014


Celebrate students’ achievements on Parents’ Day

This Saturday is Parents’ Day when parents are invited to celebrate students’ achievements and enjoy a day full of events and displays.

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Dunannie Fun Run 2014


Bedales Pre-Prep Pupils take part in Fun Run for charities

Pupils at Bedales Pre-Prep, Dunannie, enjoyed a fun run in aid of the charities ‘Farms for City Children’ and the Minstead Study Centre.

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Academic excellence at Bedales Schools confirmed by inspection


Academic excellence at Bedales Schools confirmed by inspection

Bedales has been rated “Excellent” in all areas of teaching and learning across the Senior, Prep and Pre-prep Schools when assessed rigorously and independently by two teams from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) who visited for week-long inspections at the end of the Spring term 2014.

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Classics Day


Bedales re-creates Rome in a day for visiting students

An appreciation of the Classics at Bedales was the theme of a day spent by 30 young students from 15 independent prep schools across the South-East.

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Bedales U15 Rounders Team


Bedales Sports Success

Eight Bedales students have qualified to represent the South-east at the next Athletics Championship to be held on the 14th June. They secured their places after qualifying in the South East Hampshire Athletics competition at the Mountbatten Centre. A notable victory came from the Junior Boys 4 x 100 team, they did particularly well against strong opposition.

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Stephen Fry launches Petersfield Shakespeare Festival


The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival at Bedales launched by Stephen Fry

"A marvellous place to see a marvellous thing" said Stephen Fry about The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival at Bedales.

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Dunannie Art Exhibition 2014


Pupils from Bedales Pre-prep launch public art exhibition

Pupils from Bedales Pre-Prep, Dunannie are proud to be showcasing their art and design work at their first ever public exhibition in the Bedales Gallery. Entitled ‘It All Starts Here’, the exhibition is a collection of creative work across all areas of the curriculum, from drawing and painting to textiles and sculpture. Open to all, the exhibition will run from 30th May to Friday 9th May.

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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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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.