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In a recent blog for the Independent Schools Council, Headmaster Keith Budge argues that government’s commitment to the academisation of grant-maintained schools, drawing on independent sector educational approaches, may require a reassessment of current orthodoxies. Government’s recent U-turn on its plans for a blanket conversion of state schools into academies has been subjected to conflicting interpretations – evidence of chaos say critics, or the result of a welcome willingness to listen on the part of the Minister, according to supporters. Keith Budge’s take on the concession is that conversion will be less a case of ‘if’ than ‘when’, with the government keeping as its aim full-scale conversion.
Posted on 10 June 2016
On Wednesday 25 May, 275 delegates from independent and state schools gathered at Bedales for an event with a difference.
Posted on 31 May 2016
This year’s Dog Show & Fete was a hit with both two-legged and four-legged friends on Saturday 7 May on the sports pitch at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst. The annual event is hosted by the Friends of Dunhurst (parents’ association) and this year raised funds for the John Badley Foundation (JBF), which provides full bursary support for pupils to attend Bedales Prep and Senior Schools. Categories included: Cuddliest Dog in The World, Best Rescue Dog and Dog Most Likely to Catch a Rabbit. The Dog Show was part of the JBF Big Weekend which included a quiz night and lunch with special guest and Old Bedalian Kirstie Allsopp; in total the weekend raised £6,500.
Posted on 13 May 2016
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Ahead of the Liberating Leaders conference at Bedales on 25 May, the TES has published an article on school leadership by Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales School
Posted on 10 May 2016
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Earth Day was celebrated by the Bedales school community this week. The first Earth Day was held in April 1970 and it is an annual reminder for us to be better stewards of the earth. A number of activities took place all over the school including workshops, poetry, cycle-powered demonstrations and discussions on issues of sustainability. Maddy Harland, editor of Permaculture Magazine, delivered Jaw and Catie Jarman, who works at the Bristol Skipchen, a café that makes healthy meals from donations of food that would otherwise be wasted, led a discussion about ethical consumption. Bedales was also active on social media during the day (follow @GBedales for great insights), and the Green Party leader, Natalie Bennett even sent a message of encouragement to students:
Posted on 22 April 2016
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Bedales Parents’ Association has great pleasure in inviting you to the inaugural John Badley Foundation Big Weekend on 6, 7 and 9 May. Parental engagement is a vital part of what we do and this weekend is all about fostering the fruitful partnership between School, students and parents.
Posted on 22 April 2016
Professor Jim Al-Khalili, BBC presenter of TV and radio programmes including Radio 4’s The Life Scientific, inspired an audience of students and parents with his talk ‘Is Life Quantum Mechanical?’ at Bedales School on 19 April.
Posted on 20 April 2016
The Petersfield Shakespeare Festival is set to return this summer in time to celebrate the 400 Anniversary of the great bard, with a nod to the entire canon by bringing to the stage a Tragedy, a Comedy, a History and… The Tempest!
Posted on 20 April 2016
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The Charlie Waller Memorial Trust (CWMT), which raises awareness of mental health issues, fights stigma and educates people and professionals, is holding an awareness day at Bedales School on Friday 6 May.
Posted on 20 April 2016
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With the Liberating Leaders conference in the offing – a collaborative venture between TES and Bedales – Keith Budge has offered his thoughts on successful school leadership in a TES webinar broadcast. In conversation with Andrew Maiden on 11 April, Keith explored how leaders can establish their vision, and considered questions of management style, desirable experience, and the evolution of school leadership. In order to establish their vision for a school, says Keith, leaders must listen – and keep listening...
Posted on 19 April 2016

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