Bedales in numbers

Bedales was founded to be different. Where other independent boarding schools imposed conformity, we have always nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind.

Founded in 1899 by John Haden Badley
Flexi boarding available at Dunhurst
The year Dunannie was founded
Jo Webbern appointed as Head of Dunannie
Miles from London
Bedales Prep (Dunhurst) is co-located with Bedales Pre-prep (Dunannie) and Bedales Senior School on 120 acre estate
pupils, aged 3-8
Bedales Senior School is co-located with Bedales Pre-prep (Dunannie) and Bedales Prep (Dunhurst) on 120-acre estate
Day and boarding students, aged 13-18
Outdoor Work classroom
Fully co-educational since 1898
2016 new Art & Design Building opened
Dunhurst art room built by staff in 1967
Land Rover restored by students
Bedales Pre-prep (Dunannie) is co-located with Bedales Prep (Dunhurst) and Bedales Senior School on 120 acre estate
Annual Science Eckersley Lecture began in 1966
120 acre estate with 17 acres of playing fields
Outdoor classroom
Dunhurst moved to current building
Our ratio of staff to students
Flock of Jacob sheep
Dunhurst was founded
The now well-established tradition of Whole School Efforts began in 1985
Self-contained fully equipped Nursery in converted barn
Outdoor Music Garden in Orchard
Day and boarding pupils, aged 8-13
Co-educational house for 6.2 (upper sixth)
Bedales Assessed Courses introduced in 2006 as a more interesting and challenging alternative to GCSE
320 seats
In the Olivier Theatre opened in 1996
2014 - opening of the Kadian Observatory, built by students
Allocated for scholarships and means-tested bursaries every year
Keith Budge appointed as Headmaster in 2001
Loaves baked weekly by students
Flood-lit all-weather pitches
Over 300 boarders at Bedales