bedales News

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
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
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
Head of Drama, Phil King, talks about the nature of reforms for drama at GCSE and A-level and questions whether schools 'get' the value of drama. He says: "Although I am heartened by the growing sense that the qualification reforms will retain a significant proportion of non-examined assessment, clarification is needed about what “exam” means. Drama is a subject that exists in live form, and a formal sit-down test may not capture the subject’s value." Read the full article, published in The Guardian here.
Posted on 17 December 2014
'Why art is as important as science': As Bedales hits the headlines with its recent fundraising auction of Tracey Emin and Sir Terence Conran artworks, Bedales’ Head, Keith Budge, argues that an Art and Design education should go hand in hand with a science education… Read the full article, publi
Posted on 14 December 2014
Students from Bedales School, Hampshire, are inviting other schools in the UK to join them in going Blue for Ebola to raise money to combat the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus that has claimed an estimated 5,000 lives in West Africa.
Posted on 14 November 2014
'Sutton Trust Report strikes a blow against league table culture' By Alistair McConville: "On Friday 31 October, the Sutton Trust published its report What Makes Great Teaching, authored by Professor Rob Coe and colleagues at Durham University. Drawing on over 200 pieces of research, it sheds light on a range of working misconceptions that have insinuated themselves into our national understanding of what teaching should be." Read the full article, published by HMC, here.
Posted on 14 November 2014