Through involvement in a broad range of activities, students flourish in their own way. For many of them, working with their hands can form the most memorable experiences of their time at Bedales.

A wide-ranging programme of activities, including service opportunities, is available for students throughout the day: Garrett Time (8.25-9.25am); Badley Time (1.10-2.10pm) and Powell Time (7.15-8.15pm). Students have a degree of choice about which slots they use and activities vary according to the season, some of which are run by members of the Sixth Form.

Breadmaking happens on Thursday mornings. Volunteers have left the bread to prove overnight. The dough is kneaded then put into the wood-fired bread oven. Those who opt for sports are genuine enthusiasts, not conscripts. We're proud of our sporting record and the degree of students' involvement. However, it's not all about winning and we place equal emphasis on encouraging students of all abilities to participate and enjoy the games. Unsporty types can opt for Outdoor Work such as laying hedges, tending our sheep and other rural crafts.

Bedales has always aimed, within a safe structure, to give students the freedom to experiment and find out on their own

Bedales has always aimed to give students, within a safe structure, the freedom to experiment and find out on their own. They can take small risks and build upon them. Performing on stage is one example. From full-scale school productions, such as Hamlet and Oedipus Rex, to student-directed work, there are lots of opportunities for performance. From the moment the house-lights darken, the students are in control of the theatre: it is their production. When students direct a play they are responsible for every detail. All those involved develop the art of balancing commitments both on and off stage. This helps enormously in other areas of school life such as managing heavy academic demands.

Duke of Edinburgh (DofE)

Bedales has a licence from Hampshire County Council and all Bedales students have the opportunity to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. There are three levels of the Award: Bronze, Silver and Gold; these can be started when students are 14, 15 and 16 respectively. At each level there are four sections: Volunteering, Physical Recreation, Skills and Expedition, and for Gold only, an additional residential group activity. Qualified staff are responsible for overseeing the expedition training and students are themselves responsible for the other sections.

Other activities  - although note these can vary from term to term depending on student interest - have included:

  • Choir
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Jazz band
  • Music practice
  • Music theory
  • Studio practice
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Sport & Physical Activity
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket nets
  • Circuit training
  • Dance
  • Football
  • Golf range
  • Hockey
  • Indoor football
  • Martial arts
  • Mountain biking
  • Multigym
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Running
  • Stage fighting
  • Step aerobics
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Yoga
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  • Animation
  • Art Movies
  • Art Studio
  • Bedales Dance Company
  • Bookbinding
  • Ceramics
  • Create your own language
  • Creative writing
  • Decorative stitching
  • Design workshop
  • Drama
  • Needlework
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Rustic furniture making
  • Silver jewelry making
  • Tapestry
  • Textiles
  • Wood craft
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  • Blacksmithing
  • Bread making
  • Cooking
  • Gardening
  • Spinning and weaving
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  • Astronomy
  • Biological drawing
  • Board games
  • Birdwatching
  • Brand You
  • Bridge Club
  • Business lunch
  • Chess Club
  • Comedy Club
  • Country walks
  • David Attenborough documentaries
  • Debating
  • Film Club
  • French Club
  • Foreign films
  • General knowledge quiz
  • Global Awareness protests and activism
  • Greek
  • Harry Potter Appreciation Society
  • History films and podcasts
  • Japanese Club
  • Library
  • News round-up
  • The Moral Maze
  • Politics Society
  • Rock painting
  • Russian Movie Club
  • School community service
  • School Council
  • Stage crew
  • Stargazing
  • STEM projects
  • Strategy games
  • Super Smash Bros on Nintendo Switch
  • TED talks
  • Wellbeing
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