bedales News

In January 2016 Bedales parents gathered for a presentation by Dr Michael Carr-Gregg – adolescent psychologist of 30 years standing, Honorary Psychologist to the Australian Boarding Schools Association, agony uncle to Girlfriend magazine and Old Dunhurstian. Dr Carr-Gregg shared research insights into the mental health of young people in both the UK and Australia, discussed strategies that young people might employ to ensure good mental health, and encouraged parents to intervene early if they felt something was wrong. Continue reading for a summary of Dr Carr-Gregg’s presentation and to access slides from the talks.
Posted on 05 February 2016
In a recent article in The Telegraph, headmaster of Bedales Schools, Keith Budge argues for the place of practical and vocational subjects in the educational mix. Picking up on a debate as to their respective merits, Keith Budge observes that the government appears to favour academic over vocational subjects, and questions what he sees as their crude categorisation by perceived difficulty and academic utility. He laments the driving of wedges between arbitrary categories, which he says risks unhelpful polarities – academic versus technical, science versus arts and humanities. Too readily, he says, schools become obsessed by such easy polarities.
Posted on 04 February 2016
Fresh from her announcement at the start of January that she is to step down from human rights campaigning group, Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti visited Bedales School to deliver the third annual Global Awareness lecture on 27 January.
Posted on 28 January 2016
Bedales students have achieved strong A Level results for 2015 with the school’s highest ever percentage of A* grades at 17%.
Posted on 13 August 2015
Keith Budge, headmaster of Bedales School says private schools need to do more to ensure their pupils are better clued up about political debates. His warning was published by The Telegraph after he spent a day at King Edward VI, a sixth form college located in Suffolk, during a job swap experiment. Mr Budge said: “A danger of all enclosed communities, which in a sense schools tend to be, is that they become too inward looking and one of the things that I feel is a great strength at King Edward VI is that it is naturally very well connected with its local community. There is a sort of savviness, an awareness of the issues of the day and in particular of some of the political issues.”
Posted on 19 June 2015
David Anson, Head of English at Bedales school is quoted in The Guardian on how to encourage boys to read. “It is often hard to find texts that both parents and teenagers can enjoy together. Reading a series of themed ‘classics’ such as all the James Bond novels, coupled with a weekly pizza and film night is a great way to create a scheduled time in the week without distractions when everyone in the family reads.” Read the full article here.
Posted on 12 June 2015
OB Marika Hackman: We Slept at Last review – superbly understated and atmospheric in The Guardian.
Posted on 13 February 2015
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Former Bedales student, Cara Delevingne, is interviewed in The Sunday Times: Model, actress, singer, goofball — and now journalist. Are there no limits to Ms Delevingne’s talents?
Posted on 09 February 2015
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Keith Budge, headmaster of Bedales School, was interviewed by The Independent about students studying abroad. He said there was a ”discernible increase” in the numbers of student opting for overseas universities - not just in the US but in Canada, Europe and South Africa as well. “We had nine per cent of our students accepting offers from abroad,” he said. “It has been at just above five per cent for about six or seven years. “One student has just had an offer from Oxford to study bio-chemistry but has also had offers from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale and Harvard. That trait is something we’re seeing increasingly over the last couple of years. It will be interesting to see what they choose.” Read the full article here.
Posted on 14 January 2015
'Relegating the arts in favour of STEM is a big mistake' writes Keith Budge in The Telegraph. Whilst it is true that STEM subjects are vital, Mr Budge says there seems to be an instinct to promote them at the expense of a wider education: "Whilst it is undoubtedly true that STEM subjects are vital, and I welcome the initiatives outlined by the Prime Minister, I remain concerned about what I see as an instinct to promote them at the expense of a wider education." Read the full article here.
Posted on 18 December 2014

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