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Address: Bedales School, Church Road, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DG
Founded: 1893
Number of Pupils: Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie: 98; Bedales Prep, Dunhurst: 205; Bedales Senior School: 480
Ages: 3-8 (Dunannie); 8-13 (Dunhurst); 13-18 (Bedales)
Fees: (termly) Nursery: £447-£620; Dunannie: £3,330-£4,350; Dunhurst: Day £5,785-£6,415; Boarding £7,590-£8,520; Bedales: Day £9,745; Boarding £12,400
Acting Head Teacher: Will Goldsmith
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  (Bedales) and 01730 711558 (Dunhurst and Dunannie).
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Mornings, Bedales: 18 Sept 2021 (16+), 2 Oct 2021, 27 Nov 2021, 5 Feb 2022, 5 March 2022 (virtual), 23 April 2022. Dunhurst and Dunannie: 11 Sept 2021, 5 March 2022 and 14 May 2022. For information about Taster Days please contact Admissions.

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 Bedales Assessed Courses (recognised by UCAS) in Global Awareness and Digital Game Design, for example. Sixth formers take enrichment courses in addition to A Levels.

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Games & The Arts

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

Pastoral Care

Every student is assigned to a house parent with whom they build a close relationship, and a tutor who monitors and guides their academic progress, tailoring support to the individual. Tutor groups and dormitories are mixed age, to encourage communication and shared experience across the years. There is a separate 6.2 (upper sixth) house.


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 curiosity. We led the country in replacing many GCSEs with our own more interesting and demanding Bedales Assessed Courses 15 years ago. This breadth of vision continues undiminished, as we shape our work to meet the challenges of the day and prepare our students for a complex, turbulent world. Our students are naturally inquisitive and eager to explore and challenge ideas. They build strong relationships with each other and their teachers based on mutual respect. 

Outstanding Characteristics

Shared progressive ethos and vision across the three Bedales schools with impressive university destinations including Oxbridge, music conservatoires, art college and overseas institutions such as Yale. Innovation in the curriculum with high expectations. 120 acre estate in the South Downs National Park, complete with working farm which has plenty of opportunities for pupil involvement.

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