Bedales was founded as an alternative to the mainstream 19th century British ‘Public School’ and, while much has changed since 1893, we still strive to educate the young people in our care with the same questioning approach to learning and living. The school’s motto – work of each for weal of all – emphasises both our attention to nurturing the individual as well as coming together in a collective endeavour.
Today, our approach draws on our innovative traditions with Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs) taught alongside five core GCSEs, project-based learning as a key part of our Block 3 (year 9) curriculum and approaches to boarding, pastoral care and interpersonal relationships that break down unnecessary barriers between the generations, the sexes and the wider community.
Our students finish their journey with us to go on to a wide range of some of the most prestigious academic and artistic institutions in the UK and internationally, joining a host of alumni who are distinctively Bedalian for life. While we take a kinder, more ‘child-centered’ approach, our students are ambitious and you will find they go on to contribute to society in remarkable ways.
The best way of understanding what we have to offer at all three of our schools is to pay us a visit. We are proud of our community and genuinely enjoy welcoming visitors who come and see us in our campus, nestled in the heart of the South Downs National Park.
See you soon!
Acting Head of Bedales