Public examination results, set out below, are placed within the broader context of Bedalians' overall achievements. We do this because our aims are ambitious, both academically - "to develop inquisitive thinkers with a love of learning who cherish independent thought" - and, more broadly, in terms of students' personal development. Having said this, our desire to develop inquisitive, independent-minded people with a good breadth of interests is no substitute for strong academic achievement, reflected in measurable ways - public exam results, access to higher education and successful careers. The intention with the information published here is to give prospective and current students and parents a better sense of Bedalians' various trajectories - at school and in their subsequent university and professional careers.
The vast majority of Bedales students secured places at their first choice university in 2017, with 18 (2017 cohort) and 14 (2016 cohort) starting courses at QS 2018 World Top 50 universities - including Cambridge, Oxford, King's College London, Edinburgh, Manchester, McGill Canada, London School of Economics and Bristol - and another five students (4 from 2017 cohort and 1 from 2016 cohort) taking up places at prestigious music conservatoires - the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity Laban. Read more and view photos.
In the Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs), GCSEs and IGCSEs, half of grades in 2017 were A* or A. BACs create a rigorous, imaginative and enjoyable curriculum, as well as preparing students for A Level study and subsequent application to university. Read more and view photos.
The table below shows the most popular university destinations for Bedales students over the last 10 years.
Top destinations of Bedales leavers over the last 10 years
Find out how we help our students make the right choices after Bedales.
Each year we ask Old Bedalians who left school eight years ago to reflect on their time at Bedales and to update us on their activities since leaving. Read profiles of Old Bedalians here.