New Forest Living chat to Jane Grubb, Head of Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, about this vital stage of a child's education and what makes a good school a great school. Click here for PDF (with thanks to New Forest Living for permission to publish).
Posted on 21 October 2015
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Jo Webbern, Head of Bedales Pre-prep School Dunannie, is the subject of a profile in Baby Hampshire magazine (Meet the Head, July/Aug 2015, with thanks to Baby Hampshire for permission to publish). Jo Webbern joined in the summer term of 2010, having known the school for many years and harboured the idea of one day becoming head. On taking up her post she was struck by the transparency, creativity and mutual respect that characterised life at Dunannie. She explains that the founder of Bedales, JH Badley, believed that children should be educated through ‘Head, Hand and Heart’. Accordingly, from an early age children are encouraged to develop inquisitive and enquiring minds, in an environment that fosters their imagination and creative abilities. She says: “We want pupils to acquire transferable skills for the future, and for them to learn through doing in an enriching and challenging curriculum.”
Posted on 15 October 2015
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Bedales headmaster Keith Budge is quoted extensively in an article in The Guardian on alternatives to GCSEs. The article considers the continuing relevance of the qualification given the raising of the school leaving age and widespread switch to IGCSEs, and looks at alternatives introduced in three independent schools – Sevenoaks School in Kent, Haileybury School in Hertfordshire, and Bedales. Keith Budge explains that when he joined Bedales in 2001, he found a school whose history of innovation was let down by what he describes as a “very ordinary curriculum”. The greatest damage done by dull courses, he observes, is at GCSE level.
Posted on 08 October 2015
Bedales welcomed members of the local community to the school on Sunday 27 September for a festival of music, games, pony rides, sports, storytelling, African dancing, falconry displays and more, culminating in a firework display in the evening.
Posted on 02 October 2015
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Phil King, Director of Drama and Dance at Bedales writes in The Telegraph: "We need strategies for classroom calm, but must remain mindful that the deliberately fr
Posted on 02 October 2015