From the moment they enter the school, students are encouraged to take part in the wider life of the community.

They may represent the school in competitive sports, join a choir, orchestra or band, take part in drama performances or write for one of the many publications. They can see a variety of exhibitions and performances in the Quad, Gallery and timber framed Olivier Theatre, featuring both our own students and visiting practitioners and performers. They can take part in the school’s voluntary local service or international exchange programmes, join one of the groups raising money for charity or take up an opportunity to develop a new initiative in the school. Many students also take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme.

What I love about Bedales is that it remains identifiably itself

Anna Keay (Old Bedalian, 1987-92)

The activities programme, compulsory for Blocks 3 and 4, is open to all students who can choose from a wide range of cerebral, social and physical activities to further an existing interest or to try something new.

Our sporting programme combines broad participation and enjoyment of regular exercise, with a strong programme of competitive team sport. We offer access to top quality coaching, outstanding facilities, a competitive spirit (but with a strong emphasis on fair play and enjoyment), and opportunities for the gifted and talented sports players to develop their elite skills. The main sports for boys are football, hockey, cricket and tennis. Girls play hockey, netball, tennis and rounders. The more esoteric sports available include horse riding, aikido, skiing and sailing. School teams take part in county, regional and national competitions.

Overseas cultural and sports tours are a regular feature at the school; examples include a Music tour of Normandy, hockey development tour to Holland and Sixth Form visit to Swaziland as part of our ongoing work to help create a self- sufficient community.

In fulfilling our aim to develop inquisitive thinkers with a love of learning, a number of academic societies exist so students can progress their interests, exchange ideas and engage in thought- provoking debate beyond the classroom. From Maths to Classics and everything in-between, students can either sign-up to an existing society or start their own.

View a film about a day in the life of our Sixth Form students: