Recent events

25 September: Bedales Community Festival

Bedales Community Festival drew people from far and wide last weekend during the annual celebration in recognition of Bedales' founder, John Haden Badley. Visitors were treated to an array of displays which included birds of prey, a petting zoo and hands-on activities including code-breaking, climbing wall, cake decorating, pizza baking and sand art. An activity tent set up by Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie, kept the under 8s entertained and live music and refreshments based around the pavilion proved a hit with visitors. The Festival raised £2,300 for charities. Read more...

10 September 2016: Philosophy Of... Festival

The third annual Philosophy Of... Festival featured talks ranging from topics such as taboos and women’s bodies, people’s strange beliefs, ‘Generation Snowflake’ and the disappearance of debate, to science’s understanding of the arts and what the news can tell us about the world in 2026. Speakers included: Ema Sullivan-Bissett, lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham (view film); Emma Craigie, author and teacher; Armand Leroi, Professor of Evolutionary Developmental Biology at Imperial College London (view film); Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas and panellist on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze; and James Harding, Director of BBC News and one of Britain’s leading journalists (view film). View a summary of the event here.

25 May 2016: Liberating Leaders: A leadership conference with a difference

Bedales, in partnership with TES, hosted a conference with the aim of giving current and aspiring school leaders the tools and knowledge to be innovative and creative in how they run a school and the confidence to maintain their individuality. Speakers included: Sir Michael Wilshaw, chief inspector and Head of Ofsted; Barbara Oakley, Professor of Engineering at Oakland University, Michigan and creator of the world’s largest MOOC (Massive Online Open Course); Danielle Harlan, founder and CEO at the Center for Advancing Leadership and Human Potential; Bill Lucas, creator of ​the Expansive Education Network, one of the biggest teacher researcher groups in the world, and Professor of Learning at the University of Winchester; Mike Fairclough, Headteacher, West Rise Junior School, Eastbourne, East Sussex - TES primary school of the year; Geoff Barton, Headteacher, King Edward VI School, Bury St Edmunds, writer on English and literacy, and TES contributor on education and leadership; Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools, the first UK head to introduce in a school its own alternative to GCSE; Rob Walden, former teacher, now international education consultant, who has developed a unique philosophy on, and strategies for, developing leadership; Lord Jim Knight, chief education adviser to TES Global, and a former minister of state for schools; and Ann Mroz, TES Editor.

Read speakers' biographies here and, where available, view presentation slides and films below:

  • Sir Michael Wilshaw's speech is available via gov.uk. View film.
  • Barbara Oakley's presentation is available here. View film.
  • Danielle Harlan's presentation can be viewed here.
  • Bill Lucas' speech is available via email at  bill.lucas@winchester.ac.uk. View film.
  • Mike Fairclough's presentation is available here (see below for film).
  • Presentation from Geoff Barton, Headteacher, King Edward VI School; Mike Fairclough, Headteacher, West Rise Junior School; Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools can be viewed here.
  • Rob Walden's Student Leadership presentation is available here.
     
  • View photos here and a composite film of the conference here.

25 January 2016: Michael Carr-Gregg, Building Resilient and Happy Young People

Michael is one of Australia's highest profile child and adolescent psychologists and was educated in Kenya, New Zealand, Australia and at Bedales prep, Dunhurst. Author of bestselling Princess Bitchface Syndrome and nine other volumes, Michael delivers workshops on health and wellbeing of young people. He is an ambassador for the federal Government's National Drugs Campaign, Managing Director of the Young and Well Cooperative Research Centre and is passionate about issues of wellbeing and cybersecurity. His talk, ‘How to Build  Happy and Resilient Young People’ summarised his latest research and described the five key factors that build resilience in young people. Read more and view slides and the film here.

12 September 2015: 'Philosophy of...' festival

Bedales held its second annual ‘Philosophy of…’ festival; students were able to attend talks on a wide range of topics tackled by six engaging and expressive speakers. The morning began with Olivia Fane and Rev. William Hughes speaking on the art of conversation and theology. Their insightful and thought-provoking lectures managed to easily hold the attention of at least a hundred sixth formers at 10:00 in the morning. After attending either Richard Burton’s “What ever happened to Seamus Heaney” or Farhana Yamin’s “The wrongs and rights of climate change”, both passionate and inspirational seminars, the morning ended with “Burlesque, drag and woman in the media” and “Reporting from the frontline”. Alice Boulton-Breeze involved the audience in a conversation about modern sexuality and Oggy Boytchev presented an honest and shocking insight into the life of an international journalist, providing an inspirational finish to the morning. 

20 May 2015: Boarding Conference - Thriving in a changing world

A conference which brought together experts in adolescent psychology, experienced boarding staff and current students.

Workshops included: Boarding challenges and opportunities (Robin Fletcher, National Director, Boarding Schools’ Association); Understanding the teenage brain (Nicola Morganaward-winning author of Blame my Brain); Self-harming and building emotional resilience (Jackie Cox, teacher, counsellor and trainer in pastoral care)Preparing for a boarding inspection - an inspector's eye view (Matthew March, Boarding Coordinating Inspector, ISI)The Badger pastoral management system (Andrew Day & Nick Rendall, Meadow House Systems Ltd and Housemasters, King Edward’s School, Witley); The rise of state boarding (Jon Severs, Commissioning Editor of the TES, and Steve Gardner, Director of Boarding at the Harefield Academy).

5 March 2015: St Luke's Chamber Concert

Our annual London showcase concert performed by Bedales musicians held on Thursday 5 March at 1pm, at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea. Music for Choir and Chamber Ensembles including the Piano Quintet (Schumann), Rejoice in the Lord, Alway (Purcell), O How Glorious is the Kingdom (Basil Harwood), and Concerto in G minor (Charles Avison). 

16 November 2014: Celebration of Edward Thomas

A celebration of the 100th anniversary of Edward Thomas’ poetry: lecture; tour of local sites including the Poet’s Stone; Reception at the White Horse (Pub with No Name) in Priors Dean. Read more.

9 October 2014: Conference on Innovative Education

An exchange of ideas on latest thinking and education with leaders in the field, other teachers and sixth form students. Keynote speaker: Richard Gerver. Workshops included: Curricular innovation and reform; Slow Education; Building school partnerships; Technology for innovative learning; Global education; Post 16 education reforms; Entrepreneurship. Read more

13 September 2014: Philosophy Of... Festival

An extremely diverse range of interesting speakers, including Baroness Kishwer Falkner, Jeremy Paxman, Beatrix Campbell OBE, Sinclair Beecham, John Caird, Dr David Read, Emma Bridgewater, Dr Kamyar Afarinkia, Dolores Iorizzo, Gopal Krishnamurthy, Laura Bates and Dr Valerie Sinason shared their passions, from a philosophical slant, in a series of lectures and debates. The festival was organised by Bedales students for young people, parents, teachers and the general public..