dunhurst News

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
Children from Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst where quite literally transported back in time to war-time Britain last week when Group 3 were ‘evacuated’ by their teachers to Arlesford Station and from there onto the Watercress Line.
Posted on 26 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
Pupils at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst were treated to a BBQ cooked by their very own Head, Jane Grubb, during a campout in the school grounds on Friday 16 September.
Posted on 19 September 2016
Bedales is famously ‘non-uniform’, and in a recent article in The Week Independent Schools Guide Keith Budge argues for the school’s policy alongside Peter Green (Headmaster, Rugby School), an enthusiastic supporter of school uniforms. New academies impose uniforms, suggests Peter Green, in order to encourage a sense of pride, belonging, loyalty and discipline. Rugby itself has a uniform that Green describes as “gender-neutral” and “old-fashioned”, which the students like. He argues that the uniforms give students a sense of being part of a community, and that they are a leveller – worn by those from wealthy families and those on 100% bursaries alike. Rather than being a constraint, he says, uniforms give students the freedom to be who they are rather than who they might be trying to be, and with friendships made on the basis of how people behave rather than how they look.
Posted on 15 September 2016
The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC) has announced that Bedales Headmaster, Keith Budge, will be HMC Chair for 2017-18, and assumes the role of HMC Chair Elect from 1 September 2016. HMC represents the majority of the UK’s leading independent schools and has a growing international membership. The HMC Chair is a part-time and representative role carried out by a serving head.
Posted on 01 September 2016
The school with the arts at its heart has opened its eagerly awaited new Art & Design building. On Saturday 25 June, Bedales’ new two-storey timber clad building opened to cheers from parents and students in a ceremony incorporating an orchestra and choral singing as part of its annual Parents’ Day celebrations. The building combines all the Art and Design disciplines taught at Bedales under one roof – painting and fashion, industrial design and sculpture, woodwork, jewellery, ceramics, print-making, sculpting and drawing. A large oak tree dominates the development and the building backs onto the Outdoor Work department, which the school hopes will encourage collaboration between disciplines and engagement with the outdoors.
Posted on 01 July 2016
Colin Baty has been announced as the new Head of Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst (Steep, Hampshire) from September 2017. He will succeed Jane Grubb who has decided to stand down next summer after six years to pursue a new business venture. Colin taught at Dunhurst between 1999 and 2005 and his wife Debbie taught at Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie, from 1996 to 2005 and grew up in Steep. They were also both house parents at the prep school.
Posted on 22 June 2016
Year 8 pupils at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, made a splash while investigating density in their Science lessons. By utilising giant tubs of water in the playground, they explored Archimedes principle of displacement and calculated their own volume in relation to the volume of water displaced when they stepped into the tubs!
Posted on 23 May 2016
Budding biologists from Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst in Petersfield are getting involved in an extra-terrestrial seed project.
Posted on 16 May 2016