Sport at Bedales Schools - Ethos

In line with the ethos of the school, sport at Bedales provides a different experience to what you might expect from a traditional school environment. Students benefit from the freedom to create a varied and engaging curriculum, which also enables us to cater for individual interests.

We want students to:

  • Develop the competence and confidence to enjoy and succeed in a wide range of sports and physical activity both in and out of school.
  • Foster a lifelong passion for sport and to be aware of the benefits of an active and healthy lifestyle.
  • Learn how to be effective in competitive, creative and challenging situations as an individual and as a team.
  • Develop personal, social and emotional skills including concepts of fairness, responsibility and commitment.

We compete in national and regional competitions and take great care to produce a fixture list that supports our aims and provides the best learning experience for our students. We do not promote a ‘win at all costs’ mentality, more a desire to create a positive, engaging and most importantly, an enjoyable sporting environment.

Students are encouraged to gain representative honours and elite athletes enjoy extensive support from the Department.

What does the sport curriculum look like at Bedales?

The major sports at Bedales include Hockey, Tennis, Netball and Football.  Each of these sports has a ‘Head of Sport’ who is responsible for creating a pathway for talent development and participation across the three schools. The major sports are complimented with a strong focus on cricket, swimming, athletics and rounders in the summer term and students are encouraged to exercise and be physically active and have access to a huge variety of activities that range from fencing to Zumba.

Students are able to make full use of excellent sporting facilities at the school, these include a full size astro-turf, swimming pool, floodlit tennis/netball courts, large sports hall and extensive playing fields that include a picturesque cricket pitch, fitness studio and well equipped multi-gym.  

In Block 3 students have 3 double lessons per week, in Block 4 up to 4 doubles, Block 5 have up to 3 double periods and 6.1 up to 2 double lessons.

There is also the opportunity for students to bolster their timetable with lunchtime and after school activities and training sessions. The opportunity for additional sport remains with the students throughout their time at Bedales.

Block 3 and 4 (Year 9 & 10)

Sport is a core curriculum subject which is taught in single sex groups by specialist sports staff within the timetable.  Block 3 and 4 students have four double periods per week, with two compulsory sports lessons and the other two can be either sport or outdoor work.  These take place in the afternoon and this is when team training takes place for our major sports.  Our aim is to develop successful teams and still allow for maximum participation.

Block 4 and 5 (Year 10 & 11)

From September 2018 Bedales is pleased to introduce a new BAC in Sport Science. Sport is an important part of Bedalian life, and the BAC in Sport Science is not only about physical endeavour but also intellectual achievement and rigour.

Students will learn the structures and functions of body systems and apply this knowledge to sport, develop knowledge of movement analysis (levers, planes of movement), understand short and long term effects of exercise and will learn to define aerobic and anaerobic exercise. They will be motivated to set goals, learn about stress management techniques and mental preparation. Students will also gain understanding about diet and nutrition and the benefits of sport to health, fitness and wellbeing.

The BAC in Sport Science aligns with the Bedalian ethos of doing and making, instilling independent thought and promoting initiative, creativity & appreciation of the beautiful.

Find out more about the structure of the course below.

Course content

Assessment method

Block 5 and Sixth Form (Year 11, 12 and 13)

Block 5 pupils have three double lessons per week and one of these can be outdoor work.  Sixth form pupils have one compulsory sports lesson per week and they must choose one more lesson of either sport or outdoor work during an afternoon.  Senior teams train together and are made up of both block 5 and sixth form pupils.  They compete very well against local schools each week and we strive for excellence.  We also have a broad range of sports options for those who are not in the school teams such as Zumba, fencing, multi-gym, badminton, swimming and dance.

Both girls and boys teams for netball, hockey, rugby, football and tennis are also competing in local, county and national competitions throughout the year and competing very well.  We encourage our pupils to play sport outside of school and a number of them play for local clubs and also represent the county in a number of sports.

Our extensive campus and fantastic facilities enable us to offer superb training facilities for teams as well as a broad range of sports. 

Director of Sport: Spencer Leach

View details of the Sports Leaders Programme
View the photos from Bedales' Sports Day 2016

An overview of Sport and PE at the Bedales Schools: