dunannie News

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
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
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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
A Harvest celebration held at Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie last week is set to benefit Ramscote residential home and the Petersfield Foodbank.
Posted on 14 October 2016
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In its newly-launched termly digital magazine Chalk & Chat, The Good Schools Guide features Bedales as a stand-out school for outdoor learning.
Posted on 12 October 2016
Year 3 children at Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie in Steep had a visit to the school from a Viking last week, complete with armour, shields and weaponry.
Posted on 11 October 2016
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On 28 September, Dunannie children took part in a Bikeability course - a government-recognised cycle training programme, like cycling proficiency, but fun!
Posted on 30 September 2016
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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
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In a recent article in The Guide to Independent Schools, Dunannie head Jo Webbern discusses pre-prep schooling and its benefits, and offers parents advice on how to choose the right school for their child.
Posted on 22 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

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