Through involvement in a broad range of activities, students flourish in their own way. For many of them, working with their hands can form the most memorable experiences of their time at Bedales.

Breadmaking happens on Thursday mornings. Volunteers have left the bread to prove overnight. The dough is kneaded then put into the wood-fired bread oven. Those who opt for sports are genuine enthusiasts, not conscripts. We're proud of our sporting record and the degree of students' involvement. However, it's not all about winning and we place equal emphasis on encouraging students of all abilities to participate and enjoy the games. Unsporty types can opt for Outdoor Work such as laying hedges, tending our sheep and other rural crafts.

Bedales has always aimed, within a safe structure, to give students the freedom to experiment and find out on their own

 

Bedales has always aimed to give students, within a safe structure, the freedom to experiment and find out on their own. They can take small risks and build upon them. Performing on stage is one example. From full-scale school productions, such as Hamlet and Oedipus Rex, to student-directed work, there are lots of opportunities for performance. From the moment the house-lights darken, the students are in control of the theatre: it is their production. When students direct a play they are responsible for every detail. All those involved develop the art of balancing commitments both on and off stage. This helps enormously in other areas of school life such as managing heavy academic demands.

A wide-ranging programme of Activities is timetabled for Blocks 3, 4 and 5 (Years 9–11) during the period before or after supper, Monday to Friday. They vary according to the season. Some of them are run by members of the Sixth Form.

Duke of Edinburgh

Bedales has a licence from Hampshire County Council and all pupils in Bedales have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh's Award. There are three levels of the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold; these can be started at 14 years, 15 and 16 respectively.  At each level there are four sections: Volunteering, Physical Recreation, Skills and Expedition.  Qualified staff are responsible for the expedition training and students are themselves responsible for the other sections.  For further details contact Paul Turner. Centre Coordinator for Bedales.

Other Activities include:

Music

  • Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Concert Band
  • Music practice

Sport & Physical Activity

  • Aikido
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Ballroom dancing
  • Basketball
  • Cricket Nets
  • Diving
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf range
  • Hockey
  • Horse riding
  • Indoor football
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Mountain biking
  • Multigym
  • Netball
  • Rugby
  • Sailing
  • Scuba diving
  • Softball
  • Step aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Yoga

Creative

  • Animation
  • Art Movies
  • Art Studio
  • Bedales Dance Company
  • Black and white photography
  • Creative writing
  • Decorative stitching
  • Design workshop
  • Drama
  • Japanese bookbinding
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Silver jewelry making
  • Textiles
  • Wood craft

Practical

  • Blacksmithing
  • Bread making
  • Cooking
  • Country cooking
  • Spinning and weaving

Other

  • Alexander Technique
  • Board games
  • Bridge Club
  • Carriage driving
  • Chess Club
  • Comedy Club
  • Country walks
  • Debating
  • Film Club
  • French Club
  • French films
  • Greek
  • Harry Potter Appreciation Society
  • Japanese Club
  • Library
  • Mahjong
  • The Moral Maze
  • Politics Society
  • Russian Movie Club
  • Strategy games
  • Supervised study
  • Word games
  • Young enterprise