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 opened a new Art & Design building in 2016 to create an 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.
More information about:
- Bedales Senior School (13-18)
- Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst (8-13)
- Bedales Pre-prep School, Dunannie (2'9 - 8)
I know that going to Bedales makes me one of the luckiest people in the world and I believe that all of us who had that good fortune now have a responsibility to do our bit to settle the debt.Peter Hall AM, Old Bedalian
As a person, I have changed so much since the beginning, and the school has absolutely backed me up one hundred percent - all of the way.Bedales 6.1 student
A wonderful place to grow a rooted sense of self, and joy in life and learning.Good Schools Guide 2016, Bedales