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Address: Bedales School, Church Road, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DG
Founded: 1893
Number of Pupils: Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie: 92; Bedales Prep, Dunhurst: 176; Bedales Senior: 464
Head Teacher: Magnus Bashaarat (From September 2018)
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. See here for more information:

The Curriculum

Students ‘learn through doing’ and take a combination of IGCSEs and our own more interesting and demanding Bedales Assessed Courses (recognised by UCAS). 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 to a member of house staff (boarding or day) with whom they build a close and strong relationship. Students are also assigned 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 the sharing of experience across the years. The Bedales system depends on trust and good communication between staff, student and parents.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

Bedales was founded to be different. Where other independent boarding schools imposed conformity, we have always nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind. Our founder, J H Badley, wanted to educate the whole person – ‘head, hand and heart’ and this is still the cornerstone around which our innovative education system is built. Our primary aim is to develop inquisitive thinkers with a love of learning who cherish independent thought.

Outstanding Characteristics

– Impressive university destinations including Oxbridge, art college and overseas.
– Innovation in the curriculum with high academic expectations.
– Strong relationships: students and staff shake hands after assemblies as a way of formalising mutual respect.
–Timber-clad new Art & Design Building opened in 2016.

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

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