The school's fundraising priority is to build support for fully-funded bursaries via the John Badley Foundation (JBF). There are a number of ways you can support the JBF, outlined below.

If you would like to support another cause, such as the Bedales Grants Trust Fund, a capital project or student initiative, please contact Tanya Darlow, Head of Development ( to ensure we can fulfil your wishes. 

You can give to the JBF in the following ways

Make a single gift

Any amount you are able to donate will help us increase the number of full bursaries offered each year to children from difficult school and home situations in the UK and abroad.

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Alternatively, download a donation form.

Make a regular gift

In order to offer each new bursary place, Bedales must have the confidence that it will be able to fund the child’s entire time at the school. Regular donations play a critical role in helping the John Badley Foundation to forward plan and make this possible.

You can choose to give a specific amount each month, year or quarter, or join the 1893 Club by donating £18.93 per month in recognition of Bedales’ founding year.

Donate now

Alternatively, download a donation form.

Fund a bursary with match funding from Bedales

We have a growing major giving programme which we encourage you to speak to the Development Team about if you are in the position to make a transformative gift.

We ask you to cover half the school fees for one student for two, five or seven years, depending on which year group the student is joining. As part of this agreement, the school matches your gift, ensuring that the place is fully funded when offered.

Although you will not be introduced directly to those benefitting from your financial assistance, you will be given an annual anonymised update to give you a sense of the enduring impact of your support. We believe these impact reports show that you can make a tangible difference to these children’s lives, giving them a chance to thrive and grow here and improving their life chances beyond Bedales. 

Leave a legacy

The generosity of Old Bedalians, former teachers and parents has made the school a wonderful place. Many gifts have come in the form of legacies, which have allowed us to fund bursaries for students whose family circumstances would have otherwise put a Bedales education beyond their reach.

After you have taken care of loved ones, you may wish to consider leaving a gift to the John Badley Foundation in your will. Old Bedalian Angie McLachlan explains here why she is leaving a legacy to the school. We hope you will feel inspired to join Angie by supporting the school in this way.

Your donation will either be taken off the value of your estate before Inheritance Tax is calculated or reduce your Inheritance Tax, if 10% or more of the ‘net value’ of your estate is left to charity. More information can be found on the GOV.UK website, here.

To leave a legacy to Bedales, please download the legacy form below. Or, if you would prefer to talk to the Development Team, please email or call 01730 711662.

All those who leave a bequest to Bedales are invited to join the John Haden Badley Society, whose members meet annually for lunch.

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Over the past 10 years, the OB and school community have raised thousands of pounds for the John Badley Foundation. From cycling the length of the UK, to curating a sale of student art, to joining the Bedales Great South Run team, our fundraisers have done us proud. 

We love hearing your fundraising ideas and welcome all support so please do get in touch if you would like to set up a fundraising page for an event or initiative.

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Support another area of the school

In addition to offering financial support through bursaries, the John Badley Foundation exists to support capital improvements on the Bedales estate, student enrichment projects and the sustained work of the Bedales community in helping good causes.

The school's long-established Bedales Grants Trust Fund (BGTF) is also providing significant bursary support for students at Bedales, particularly (but not exclusively) those with Old Bedalian connections. 

Please contact Tanya Darlow, Head of Development ( to ensure we can fulfil your wishes in supporting Bedales.