Relationships are important at Bedales – among students and between students and staff – so we look for applicants who will benefit from, and contribute to, our particular mix of informality and respect for the individual.

A wonderful place to grow a rooted sense of self, and joy in life and learning.

Good Schools Guide, 2016

As our students grow older, they take on more responsibility for organising their life and learning. This can be demanding, when there are so many choices to be made of academic and other activities, so we look also for the intellectual capacity, determination and enthusiasm that allow a student to make the most of these choices. All these characteristics are personal and individual: they have nothing to do with race, creed or background.

Although one in eight of our students have a brother or sister in the school, many others have siblings elsewhere, because Bedales is right for one child but not the other. Bedales does not adhere to any religious denomination, but we can arrange for students to follow their own religious observances. Most of our families are based in London or the south-east of the UK. About ten percent work or live overseas. In the senior school, two thirds of the students are boarders, even though a number live locally.

Dunannie    Age 2'9 months+ Nursery; day only; Children start in the term that they turn three. For Nursery the minimum number of sessions is two.
  Age 7+ (Year 3): Further places are available, as we divide Year 3 into two classes.
Dunhurst Age 8+ (Year 4): From Dunannie, or as an external candidate; full or flexi-boarding or day.
  Age 11+ (Year 7) boarding or day
Bedales Age 13+ (Year 9) From Dunhurst, or as an external candidate; boarding or day (View Key dates for 13+ entry)
  Age 16+ (Year 12) boarding or day.

From long experience, it is best for students to join Dunhurst or Bedales in the September following their eighth, eleventh, or thirteenth birthday. However, we will consider applicants for other years if places are available. Bedales is different: we want to be sure it is right for your child so please do visit the school before sending in an application by attending an Open Day or arranging a visit. You can also view the prospectus here or request to receive a prospectus.

Application for Admission and Registration

Bedales Registration Form

Please download the PDF form and return return with a non-returnable registration fee of £200 to: The Registrar, Bedales, Church Rd, Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 2DG (

When we have received your completed application form and a registration fee, and depending on the entry point, we enter your child's name on the lists for the entrance tests at the appropriate time. This does not constitute a guarantee of a place in the school, which can only be determined by the entrance tests. Preliminary details of the tests are generally sent out to the parents during the autumn term preceding the January in which the tests are held.

For enquiries about entry to Bedales, Dunhurst or Dunannie, please contact the Registrar: Janie Jarman, tel: 01730 711733; email:

Read the Bedales review on the Good Schools Guide by clicking on the logo to the right, click here to read the review for Dunhurst and Dunannie.