Day students are completely integrated into Bedales school life, to the extent that they usually follow the same full, intense school day that may run from 8.30am to 9.30pm as exists with boarders’ schedules.
After the last class ends at 5.30pm, day students, like their boarding counterparts, will take part in hand-shaking at assemblies and enjoy the many events and activities that take place in the school every evening, including Jaw and Civics.
The name ‘Jaw’ is believed to have been coined by Oscar Wilde, when visiting his son at Bedales. The fortnightly Jaw engages students in moral and spiritual concerns, usually through using visiting speakers. Sometimes this involves marking a point in the faith calendar or a student-led debate. Read more about Jaw.
The Civics programme gives students the opportunity to hear views and opinions from highly regarded personalities from a variety of backgrounds, industries or professions. These events are very popular for the students as it gives them a real insight into other lives, worlds, issues and potential careers. Past speakers have included Sir John Scarlett, former Head of MI6 and Oxford Don, Dr Peter Frankopan on the topic of the Byzantine Empire. Read an interview with Sir John written by 6.2 student Frank Macpherson.
On Wednesday afternoons students can choose to study, attend a club or activity, or walk into Petersfield in small groups. During weekday evenings there are designated Quiet Times when students must either be in a cultural event (such as a concert or play) or a place of work.
Although they have their own base in the centre of the school, day students are made welcome in the boarding houses: they can be equally involved in the communal life of the school but simply go home to sleep.
Every day student has a housemaster or housemistress (housestaff), who pays particular attention to the student’s overall welfare and well-being, and is in regular liaison with the student’s tutor and parents.
Example of a Year 9 (Block 3) student timetable:
Notices (Wednesday and Friday)
|8.45–9.20am||Period 1: Modern Language 2nd option - Spanish / German / Latin|
|9.25–10am||Period 2: French|
|10.05-10.40am||Period 3: Design & Technology|
|10.45-11.20am||Period 4: Design & Technology|
|11.45-12.20am||Period 5: Maths|
|12.25-1pm||Period 6: Classical Civilisation|
|LUNCH / BREAK|
|2.10-2.45pm||Period 7: Games / Outdoor Work *|
|2.50-3.25pm||Period 8: Games / Outdoor Work|
|4.10-4.45pm||Period 9 *: Biology|
|4.50-5.25pm||Period 10 *: Biology|
|5.30pm||Activities e.g. Football / Badminton / Cricket
Supervised study (Tuesday)
Tutor time followed by Head's Assembly (Wednesday)
|7.15pm||Quiet time / events / activities *|
|9.00pm||Time on flat|
*Except on Mondays when Period 9 is at 3.45 - 4.20 & Period 10 is from 4.25 - 5pm.
* Sporting students can enjoy a busy timetable of PE and Games lessons, sports fixtures and evening sports activities on a daily basis.