The Boarding Schools Association (BSA) has published a comprehensive Guide to UK Boarding Schools which includes an article by Keith Budge describing the innovative Bedales middle years’ curriculum. In the guide’s foreword, Leo Winkley, former Bedales Deputy and now headmaster of St Peter’s School, York, describes the choice for parents and children as “broad and flexible as is the distinctive variety and nature of the boarding sector.” The guide covers all aspects of boarding education, including funding, selecting a school, academic success, co-curricular opportunities, specialist schools and sixth form choices. The full range of boarding options is also covered. Keith’s article explains that a decade ago Bedales stopped offering non-core GCSEs and replaced them with Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs) – written and assessed by teachers, with external moderation.
In the light of recent development in Europe and the US, Absolutely Education reports on how we engage young people in politics. The articles states: “The long tradition of debate and oratory in our independent schools is a very good place to start”; Keith Budge is featured discussing the approach at Bedales. In the article, Keith says: “Debate stands at the very heart of a classical education. In the classical context, the focus of education was on the subjects and skills deemed essential if one was to take an active part in civic life – for example, public debate. Any effective contribution to public life requires the exercise of rhetorical skills, and Bedales encourages both public speaking and debating,”
Posted on 16 March 2017
Last week, Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst raised a fantastic £230 toward a total of £730 to benefit the charity, School in a Bag. As part of the Dunhurst HOPiT initiative (Helping Other People in Trouble), pupils, who ordinarily wear their own clothes to school, held a School Uniform Day and got involved in fun activities to raise money to send a school bag, packed with everything a child needs for learning, to areas where children may be orphaned, vulnerable or affected by disaster. Head of English, Nichola Gotel said: “Our pupils were greatly moved when School in a Bag came to talk to them at assembly.
Posted on 14 March 2017
A Jazz Day event held at Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst saw three local schools come together for a lively workshop on the theme: ‘Carnival of the Jazz Animals’.
Posted on 13 March 2017
All three Bedales schools entered the Music for Youth competition 2017 with an exciting combination of Mozart, Jaco Pastorious, jazz and poetry by Edward Thomas.
Posted on 10 March 2017
In an article for Beautiful South magazine, Head of Bedales Prep School, Dunhurst, Jane Grubb explains how the school challenges and supports its pupils to find what they love, and begin the process of growing into themselves. Bedales founder John Haden Badley established the school as a humane alternative to the austerity of late-Victorian public schools. Today, Dunhurst continues to swim against the educational tide in making a world quite removed from the confines of Common Entrance and traditional prep school teaching, and the strictures of the national curriculum, over-testing and inspection.
Posted on 09 March 2017
There was a novel twist on the school day when Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie held its World Book Day event last week.
Posted on 07 March 2017