bedales News

Bedales Community Festival drew people from far and wide last weekend during the annual celebration in recognition of Bedales' founder, John Haden Badley.
Posted on 26 September 2016
In its September/October 2016 issue, New Forest Living magazine describes the Bedales approach of teaching “by creating curiosity and setting challenges”.
Posted on 22 September 2016
In a recent article in School House magazine (Autumn/Winter 2016), Nick Gleed, Bedales Director of Music, discusses the importance of music to the life of a school saying: “A good school with a good choir is probably a healthy school. It says a lot about how a place is run”. He also discusses the range and importance of difference musical genres. The article highlights rock as a growing musical strand in schools: “It is perhaps Bedales that stands out as having the greatest reputation with its legendary annual Bedales Rock Show….choirs, string orchestras, brass and percussion sections have been added to the lineup as a way of including more of the school community, and you are as likely to hear Tina Turner and Stevie Wonder hits belted out on stage as someone’s own composition being performed for the very first time.”
Posted on 15 September 2016
Tatler’s annual Schools Guide aims to feature ”the inside track on the very best schools in the UK”. Bedales is featured once again this year, with special mention of the Outdoor Work provision…”here you’ll find junior blacksmiths hammering at anvils and a roomful of wool-spinners. The products of this quaint olde worlde-ness are then sold by the ever-ingenious students.” Staff are described as “a groovy and inspirational bunch, attracted by the scope of the school’s very own Bedales Assessed Courses.”
Posted on 15 September 2016
Bedales is famously ‘non-uniform’, and in a recent article in The Week Independent Schools Guide Keith Budge argues for the school’s policy alongside Peter Green (Headmaster, Rugby School), an enthusiastic supporter of school uniforms. New academies impose uniforms, suggests Peter Green, in order to encourage a sense of pride, belonging, loyalty and discipline. Rugby itself has a uniform that Green describes as “gender-neutral” and “old-fashioned”, which the students like. He argues that the uniforms give students a sense of being part of a community, and that they are a leveller – worn by those from wealthy families and those on 100% bursaries alike. Rather than being a constraint, he says, uniforms give students the freedom to be who they are rather than who they might be trying to be, and with friendships made on the basis of how people behave rather than how they look.
Posted on 15 September 2016
In a recent article in The Spectator, Keith Budge unpicks the ethos of Bedales – beloved by some but baffling others, according to the author. Keith explains that as Headmaster he is liberal in the sense of wanting education to offer the individual as much freedom as possible. However, despite there being no school uniform, students calling teachers by their first names, and the absence of both GCSEs and prefects, Keith hesitates to agree that Bedales is ‘the anti-public school’.
Posted on 14 September 2016
In a TES article on alternative qualifications, Keith Budge describes Bedales as its own awarding body, and discusses differences between the grading of Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs) and the non-core GCSEs they replaced.
Posted on 06 September 2016
The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) has announced that Bedales Headmaster, Keith Budge, will be HMC Chair for 2017-18, and assumes the role of HMC Chair Elect from 1 September 2016. HMC represents the majority of the UK’s leading independent schools and has a growing international membership. The HMC Chair is a part-time and representative role carried out by a serving head.
Posted on 01 September 2016
Bedales students are celebrating this year’s GCSE results, with an impressive 31% awarded at the highest A* grade. 55% of grades were A*- A and 94% were A*- C (view photos).
Posted on 25 August 2016
In a recent article in TES, Alistair McConville backs government’s renewed enthusiasm for the teaching of grammar in schools, but argues that it must be age-appropriate, celebrate the diverse social and linguistic make-up of our society, and help facilitate the equalisation of opportunity for young people.
Posted on 22 August 2016