To fully understand Bedales, you need to understand something of the school's history and evolution. 

Bedales was founded by J H Badley in 1893 to be a humane alternative to the authoritarian regimes typical of late-Victorian public schools. Our founder believed that involving "head, hand and heart" was the key to growth and development. Badley's philosophy is still the corner stone around which our innovative education system is built. 

This section focuses on the first 70 years of the school's life. More recent history will be added as the section develops.

Bedales Archive

Bedales is keen to expand the Archive holdings, and to make historical materials available to researchers. If you would like to donate documents or artefacts, or are researching a subject where we might be able to help, please contact Jane Kirby, Librarian and Archivist at

Vist the Bedales Schools Digital Archives where you can view digitized early editions of The Chronicle which was first published in 1907.

Click on the Bedales bees on the tree trunk for a decade by decade look at Bedales.