Headmaster of Bedales
Bedales was founded to be different. Where other independent boarding schools imposed conformity, we have nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind.
We maintain discipline, but we believe it arises 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 having spirited discussions with their teachers.
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 courses. More on our approach to learning.