‘Best of the best for art and creativity’ - The Week

Posted on September 12th 2017

In its ‘best of the best’ section, The Week’s guide to the country’s leading independent senior schools (Autumn/Winter 2017) has singled out Bedales as “best for art and creativity”. The guide states: “When John Badley established Bedales in 1893, one of its founding aims was that the school should ‘foster individuality and encourage initiative, creativity and the appreciation of the beautiful’ in its pupils. Creativity here takes many forms – as part of the school’s Outdoor Work curriculum pupils learn traditional craft skills such as blacksmithing, weaving and spinning wool, whittling and building restoration….The school’s stunning new art and design building has delighted pupils, staff and architects – it won a RIBA award this year too.”

In an article about learning poetry in the same guide, Bedales Head of English David Anson is described as “passionate about the importance of poetry within the curriculum” with students at Bedales encouraged to write their own poetry. The article mentions visits to the school by poet laureate Dame Carol Ann Duffy and Jo Shapcott. David argues: “I am all for reading poems out loud, reading a range of challenging and enriching work, asking for pupils’ immediate responses and getting them to do close analytical work, but I can’t see the point of them learning poems by heart”.

The full article published in the Autumn / Winter 2017 issue of The Week Independent Schools Guide is available here with kind permission from The Week.