Well-being, as a timetabled lesson, is unique to Dunhurst and is at the heart of the Bedales Schools ethos. The focus is for each child to understand what ‘being well’ means for them as individuals and within their communities. The Oxford Dictionary defines well-being as “the state of being comfortable, healthy, or happy” and without some sense of well-being in life, children cannot flourish and reach their potential. Pupils will study well-being in five connected areas: physical, social, emotional, relationships and community and lessons involve individual and group activities with discussion and debate very evident.


  • understand and develop physical, emotional, social, relationship and community well-being skills
  • meet challenges, manage change and build relationships
  • experience personal achievement and build resilience and confidence
  • understand how what I eat, how active I am and how decisions I make about my behaviour and relationships affect my physical and emotional well-being
  • recognising the signs, symptoms & triggers for anxiety and what to do about them
  • understand that my community have a responsibility to look after me, listen to my concerns and involve others where necessary
  • learn about where to find help and resources to inform choices
  • assess and manage risk and understand the impact of risk-taking behaviour
  • develop self-awareness, self-worth and respect for others 

Head of Blocks' Well-beingTBC
Head of Groups' Well-being: Jonathan Peers