dunhurst News

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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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
As well as counting and identifying species as part of the RSPB Big Schools’ Birdwatch, the children also made more than 200 birdfeeders for their gardens at home. Participation in the project is a good example of the school’s long-standing commitment to outdoor work as an essential part of the curriculum. Encouraging a connection with nature in this way was central to the mission of Bedales founder John Badley to educate the whole person – ‘head, hand and heart’...
Posted on 21 April 2016
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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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What should be the purpose of a school – to raise happy, well-adjusted young people, or exam achievement and league table position? Recent UK educational reforms have seen a narrowing of the national curriculum, a renewed focus on end-of course examination at the expense of on-going, in-course assessment, and an obsession with those subjects deemed important for purposes of access to elite higher education institutions and the UK’s economic competitiveness. However, a massive 80% of teachers surveyed for the 2015 University of Birmingham report ‘Character Education in UK Schools’ were concerned that the British assessment system ‘hinders the development of the whole child’. When asked to suggest a single change, many teachers recommended the provision of ‘free space’ where students can ‘be themselves’ and do things they really like without having to think about exam scores. This resonates strongly with us. At Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, there is no uniform, and staff and students address each other by first names – symptoms of a culture that values the individual. Dunhurst pupils – typically confident, interesting and engaging characters – can focus on learning in a collegiate atmosphere rather than competing, rehearsing and worrying about ‘passing on’ to the next stage of their education.
Posted on 29 February 2016
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
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
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100 years to the day that he completed his first poem, celebrated war poet and Steep resident Edward Thomas is to be commemorated.
Posted on 24 October 2014
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Those who believe that achievement in examinations is the measure of all things educational can be surprised to find that at Bedales Prep, the overriding priority is to have a happy school explains, Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst. Jane says: "For example, we only employ teachers we can see will have a strong rapport with pupils – who listen to them, and don’t preach. We foster, and expect, mutual respect – adult to child, and vice versa. Our pupils are on first name terms with our teachers, and we encourage that sense of belonging in a community. We want our pupils to feel valued: we give our pupils choice and encourage them to have opinions - they have a considerable voice in shaping their school and we encourage them to think more broadly about the world around them. There is a great emphasis on pastoral care, both peer to peer and from teachers." Read the full article, published by the Independent Schools Council, here.
Posted on 15 October 2014

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