In an article for The Telegraph, Bedales Head of Boarding Jenni Brittain reflects on a year of political turmoil. As she works to prepare students for life beyond the school gates, she asks whether they are best protected from or challenged by a rising tide of illiberal ideas, and concludes that such thinking must be acknowledged first if it is to be defeated.
Posted on 14 December 2016
In a recent blog on the HMC (the Headmasters’ & Headmistresses’ Conference) website, Keith Budge reflects on the tenor of the recent American election, and reflects on how schools might best respond to what he sees as a concerted threat to liberalism. The answer, he suggests, lies in teachers being politically engaged and encouraging the same in their students.
Posted on 07 December 2016
Former South African rugby player Thinus Delport visited Bedales Prep School Dunhurst on Friday last week where he helped coach pupils as part of the school’s Aspire Sport programme.
Posted on 25 November 2016
Fans of BBC Antiques Roadshow and designer jewellery were thrilled last week when experts Joanna Hardy and Shaun Leane collaborated on a lecture for Bedales students and guests. Former Bedales student, Hardy, attended the school from 1974-78 and it was in the Bedales workshop where she made her first pieces of jewellery. She is now an Independent Fine Jewellery Specialist with over 30 years’ experience in the industry beginning her career as a goldsmith before joining De Beers as a rough diamond valuer, then as a polished diamond dealer in Antwerp, a stint at Phillips, the auctioneers in London, and onto Sotheby’s in Bond Street as the senior jewellery specialist and auctioneer...
Posted on 15 November 2016
In an article for the TES Focus on Independent Schools, Keith Budge considers the case for school uniforms and concludes that they are not right for a school such as Bedales, which encourages individuality and self-expression. Various arguments are made of behalf of uniforms – their wearing is bound up with discipline and respect for authority, they provide a shared identity and soften differences, and they are part of preparing young people for adult life. Conversely, a school policy to not have a uniform is often confused with a kind of neglectful progressivism. The late Sir Chris Woodhead, former Chief Inspector of Schools, commented in the Sunday Times in 2013...
Posted on 14 November 2016
The inaugural Kadian Harding Lecture featuring astronomer, Professor Gareth Wynn-Williams, took place on 8 November at Bedales School. Gareth Wynn-Williams, who is Emeritus Professor of Astronomy at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Hawaii, spoke about the presence of asteroids and how much of a threat they posed to earth. In a long and distinguished career, at Cambridge, Caltech and Hawaii, he has written extensively on various astronomical themes and is no stranger to Bedales – he gave the annual Eckersley Science Lecture at the school in 1978 on the topic ‘Signals from Space’. The audience was made up of Bedales students and former students, parents, staff and other guests including a contingent from the Hampshire Astronomical Group at Clanfield.
Posted on 10 November 2016
Bedales School has been presented with a plaque to signify the school becoming a Directly Licensed Centre for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE). The DofE programme helps young people aged 14 to 24 develop life skills and nurture a sense of adventure. The award is held in high regard by universities and employers and often helps students stand out in an increasingly competitive market. On 4 November, the school was presented with its operating licence by a representative from the DofE, south east region.
Posted on 08 November 2016
In a recent article in Independent School Parent magazine, Headmaster Keith Budge traces the roots of debating skills as an essential component of a liberal arts education, and discusses their place in school life at Bedales. In the classical context, the focus of education was on the subjects and skills deemed essential if one was to take an active part in civic life – for example, public debate. Essential were the disciplines of grammar, logic and rhetoric – the art of speaking persuasively. Cicero, the Roman lawyer, philosopher and politician, was famed for his rhetoric. He believed that the ability to speak well was the very basis of civilisation, and was inextricably bound up with the development of a virtuous character.
Posted on 25 October 2016
A fundraising evening featuring comic greats John Lloyd and Harry Enfield has raised more than £7,000 for Bedales Schools’ charitable bursary arm – the John Badley Foundation. The event, held on 17 October, saw a packed-out lecture theatre of students, parents and alumni captivated by tales of the luminaries’ careers. Comedian, actor, writer and director Harry Enfield, who rose to fame as Saturday Live’s Greek kebab-shop owner, Stavros and iconic 80s builder Loadsamoney, told writer and producer John Lloyd, known for Not the Nine O’Clock News, Spitting Image, Blackadder and QI, that he was his hero.
Posted on 25 October 2016
Why is outdoor learning not being experienced by children on a regular basis?”, asks Dunhurst head of Outdoor Work, Ryan Walsh, in an article for New Forest Living magazine. The Department of Health recommends that children are active for at least an hour a day, with numerous studies suggesting that outdoor learning has much to offer. Lessons undertaken outdoors can be more enjoyable and engaging, and improve pupils’ social skills, health, wellbeing and behaviour.
Posted on 24 October 2016