• We grow enquiring minds


Keith Budge
Headmaster of Bedales

Bedales was founded to be different. Where other schools imposed conformity, we have nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind. 

We maintain high standards of behaviour, which we believe arise best from self-discipline and from caring about others. Although our students are naturally ambitious and competitive, the school places particular emphasis on collaboration. Our students move on comfortably to university and beyond, because they are already used to organising their own time, studying in depth, and mixing and debating with their elders.

Personal relationships here evince remarkable trust and rapport. Mutual respect is earned, not exacted by rank. This is why everyone, staff and students, is on first-name terms.

The relaxed atmosphere allows students to concentrate on the complex business of learning, developing, and becoming their own person. We have led the country in replacing many GCSEs with our own more interesting and more demanding Bedales Assessed Courses.

The students who will gain most from our community are those who will give most and join us wholeheartedly in this unique educational experience.

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  • 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
  • At all stages, students are well educated, and the quality of their achievement and learning is excellent.

    ISI Report, 2014, Bedales
  • 1:7
    Our ratio of staff to students

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Beginning of Spring term. Boarding houses open from 4pm. Refreshments for parents available on flat. School supper 6-6.45pm No school train. Boarders return by 8pm. Assembly for all boarders 8.30pm4:00pm
Beginning of Summer Term. Day pupils return. Teaching begins. - 11:59pm
6.2 Dance Exam.8:45am - 5:30pm