To celebrate the end of term, and to practise spoken French in a ‘real’ situation, Year 3 invited their parents to ‘Le Paradis des Enfants’ a pop-up creperie at Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie. With help from older students, the children made and served chocolate, strawberries and sugar and spinach and cheese crêpes. It was such a success that the children had uninvited guests from the senior schools and we ran out of crêpes! Pictured: Dunannie pupils serving up their crêpes.
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
In a recent article for Insight magazine (the magazine of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference), Keith Budge discusses the crucial importance of the head to a school’s success, and offers some thoughts on how to pursue what he describes as “a great calling”. Keith explains that the head’s leadership influences and shapes not only how teachers lead but also how students lead, and that such influence occurs through the way in which heads go about their day-to-day business. For all that, the position of head is seen as lonely, and having the right people in the right places can ensure a team effort involving the governing board and senior leadership team.
Posted on 20 June 2016
Children at Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie, celebrated Water Day last week where they learned the importance of water as a resource with the help of charity, WaterAid.
Posted on 17 June 2016
At the ‘Liberating Leaders’ conference recently held at Bedales, Chief Inspector of Schools and Head of Ofsted Sir Michael Wilshaw lamented the lack of maverick leaders in state schools, and called for more flamboyant, colourful and slightly strange characters. In the face of an inadequate education system this is little more than papering over the cracks, argues Bedales chemistry teacher Scott Charlesworth in his latest blog for the Huffington Post. ‘Liberating Leaders’ was staged as part of the Bedales series of ‘Leading Independent Thinking’ events. Two years ago the subject was innovative education, whilst this focused on leadership. These are the two most important issues that the sector needs to address in the early 21st century, says Scott, who believes that traditional educational models are breaking down and that the authorities appear unwilling, too slow, or unable to make the necessary changes.
Posted on 10 June 2016
In a recent blog for the Independent Schools Council, Headmaster Keith Budge argues that government’s commitment to the academisation of grant-maintained schools, drawing on independent sector educational approaches, may require a reassessment of current orthodoxies. Government’s recent U-turn on its plans for a blanket conversion of state schools into academies has been subjected to conflicting interpretations – evidence of chaos say critics, or the result of a welcome willingness to listen on the part of the Minister, according to supporters. Keith Budge’s take on the concession is that conversion will be less a case of ‘if’ than ‘when’, with the government keeping as its aim full-scale conversion.
Posted on 10 June 2016