The John Badley Foundation offers financial support through bursaries, giving more young people a chance to benefit from the transformational opportunity a Bedales education can provide.

Bedales has long sought a diverse student population in order to provide a well-rounded educational environment for all, and to better prepare students for life beyond the Bedales community.

The school allocates over 5% of fee income every year to help fund bursaries. This allocation of funds, around £1 million per annum, supports students by awarding up to 75% of the annual fees. But the school wants to do more to broaden access, increase diversity and offer full financial support, the John Badley Foundation has been established as a separate charity to provide 100% funded bursary places and help fulfil the school’s ambitions.

The John Badley Foundation awards 100% bursaries, covering the cost of all the school fees. In addition, extras like school trips that are important to further students’ studies are also funded.

The John Badley Foundation seeks to support children who display the strength of character that Bedalians would admire and who show a willingness to make the most of the range of opportunities available at the school. Successful applicants will also need to display an existing talent or clear potential in at least one of the following areas: academic, music, drama, dance, art, design or sport.

I was so grateful for the opportunity to get off the beaten track. No-one tried to judge me and there was no time to be nervous or introspective - there was always far too much to do.
Bursary Beneficiary

Students receiving bursary support are given additional pastoral support from experienced tutors and the school works very closely with their families.

The impact of supporting a child to come to Bedales can be far reaching. Family members and young people in their home community often aspire to follow in their footsteps. All students at Bedales will experience local, national and international awareness projects which builds on their inspiration and determination to make a real difference in the world.

The John Badley Foundation works with partner charitable organisations such as The Springboard Bursary Foundation and Buttle UK, to provide boarding places for vulnerable children. Some families face serious issues, where parents or carers are struggling to cope and which mean that the child is at risk of going into care.

Donors supporting the John Badley Foundation are not introduced directly to those benefitting from their financial assistance. This is to protect students from feeling undue pressure. An annual anonymised update on all of the students’ progress is provided, however, for regular supporters of the Foundation.

Whilst confidentiality is paramount, children may choose to tell their friends they receive bursary support. They may also choose to play down how difficult their home life is, but whatever they say, current students play an integral part in making all newcomers welcome and settle into the Bedalian way of life.

Find out more about the application process for John Badley Foundation bursaries.

Contact us

To find out more about supporting the John Badley Foundation, please contact Tanya Darlow, Head of Development (01730 711662,

The John Badley Foundation, Registered Charity Number: 1138332