In June 2015, at the suggestion of the education publisher TES, Bedales headmaster Keith Budge and King Edward VI school headteacher Geoff Barton agreed to swap roles for a day, and report back on their experiences from the other side of the education sector fence. The initial result was a TES feature (‘Two leaders. Two sectors. One Vision’), and the exchange subsequently led to a jointly-run conference on school leadership (Liberating Leaders), held in May 2016. Now, a little more than a year after their being introduced, Keith and Geoff have recorded in a new TES article their thoughts on school partnership in the light of their work together.
Keith Budge, headmaster at Bedales School and Chair Elect of HMC for 2017-18, shares his thoughts at the end of the year as he gears up to gear down... Two working weeks left to the end of the summer term and the mental audit of the independent school leader goes something like this: Appointments: It’s time to get the final bits of leadership architecture in place for next year. People want to know exactly what is expected of them well before the end of term, but circumstances ("events"...) don't always allow the timing to be so neat and ideal. Will the changes that you have made bear fruit and mean that the new or re-jigged leadership position does what you expect? Year on thoughts: You see someone you appointed a year or two years ago in action. There was something of a battle to get that person in post or, perhaps, you created the post for them: what has s/he delivered? Was it worth it? Has your vision been realised?
Posted on 04 July 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