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Address: Bedales School, Church Road, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DG
Founded: 1893
Number of Pupils: Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie: 87; Bedales Prep, Dunhurst: 219; Bedales Senior School: 464
Head Teacher: Magnus Bashaarat
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Main entry points at 2 yrs 9 months, 7+, 8+, 11+, 13+, 16+. Selection by assessment/residential assessment and interview.
Contact: 01730 711733/ [email protected]
School Visits: Open Days: Bedales – 21 September, 5 October and 23 November; Dunhurst – 14 September; Dunannie – 14 September. See here for more information:

The Curriculum

From the very youngest, pupils ‘learn through doing’ with a curriculum that has breadth and depth. In the Senior School, students take a combination of IGCSEs and its own more interesting and demanding Bedales Assessed Courses (recognised by UCAS), such as Global Awareness and Digital Game Design. Sixth-formers take Enrichment courses in addition to A-Levels.

Watch the video to find out about science at Bedales…

Games & The Arts

Bedales competes in many sports including football, hockey, tennis, cricket and netball. Excellent facilities include floodlit astroturf, floodlit tennis and netball pitches and indoor swimming pool. The school is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music with lots of opportunities to participate in performances and concerts including overseas tours.

Pastoral Care

 For pastoral support, every student is assigned a member of house staff (boarding or day) with whom they build a close and strong relationship. Students also benefit from having a tutor who monitors and guides their academic progress, tailoring the level of support to the individual. Tutor groups (and dormitories) are mixed age, encouraging communication and sharing of experience across the years.


Scholarships are available from 10+ for Music and Academic, 13+ for Art, and 16+ for Drama, Sport and Design.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Bedales was founded to be different from the schools of its time. Where others imposed conformity, Bedales nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind. True to its roots and founding principles the school places emphasis on collaboration and care for others. Our students are naturally ambitious and competitive, and build strong relationships with each other and their teachers based on mutual respect; everyone, staff and students, is on first name terms.

Outstanding Characteristics

Shared progressive ethos and vision across the three Bedales Schools

– Impressive university destinations including Oxbridge, music conservatoires, art college and overseas institutions such as Yale

– Innovation in the curriculum (eg. Bedales Assessed Courses and Sixth Form enrichment programme) with high academic expectations

– 120 acre estate in the South Downs National Park, complete with working farm (and plenty of opportunities for pupil involvement)

Watch the video to find out about the sixth-form experience…

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