A Bedales education enables our students to develop in a huge variety of areas, creating diplomats to professors, architects to vets, artists to singers. In this section, Old Bedalians tell us what they learnt at the school and describe their fondest memories.
Click on the images below for individual profiles.
We asked former Bedales students a series of questions on their education and subsequent careers seven years after leaving the school:
Leavers of 2005
Leavers of 2004
Leavers of 2003
"A good academic education helped me get into Cambridge; and a sense of community helped me try and understand the cultures, values and needs." Charles Bevan, Head Boy 1965-66
"Bedales supported everything. There was no judgement. It kept everything constant. It was a home base for me in a way. It's why I reference it so much in my life." OB Minnie Driver as quoted in BBC Radio Times magazine 29 Oct - 4 Nov 2011
"I was there 1948 - 1953, the teachers at Bedales inspired me to live to the fullest, it is thanks to them that my life is such a wonderful adventure - Thank you." OB Tom Lodge who wrote this dedication in his book 'The Ship that Rocked the World'. Tom was one of the early DJs on Radio Caroline.
"I really do think that going to Bedales had a massive effect on me.....It just seems to inspire something in people that go there and it gives you really great confidence" OB Shakira Akabusi - read an article on her career and her time at Bedales here.
The achievements and activities of Old Bedalians are often profiled in the media. See below for links to recent coverage.
If you are an Old Bedalian and would like to add your profile, please contact Dennis Archer.
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