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Bedales School

Address: Bedales School, Church Road, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DG
Founded: 1893
Number of Pupils: Pre-prep Dunannie: 89; Prep Dunhurst: 190; Senior School: 472
Ages: 3-8 (Dunannie); 8-13 (Dunhurst); 13-18 (Bedales)
Fees: (Termly) Nursery: £458-£635; Dunannie: £3,495-£4,610; Dunhurst: Day £5,930-£6,575; Boarding £7,780-£8,735; Bedales: Day £9,990; Boarding £12,710
Head Teacher: Will Goldsmith
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Entry at 2 yrs 9 mths, 7+, 8+, 11+, 13+, 16+. Selection by assessment/residential assessment and interview.
Contact: 01730 711733 (Bedales Senior) and 01730 711558 (D&D)
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Mornings, Bedales: 5 February, 23 April 2022. Dunhurst: 5 March, 14 May. Dunannie: 1 February, 15 March, 26 April. Contact Admissions for Taster Days.

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 our 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.

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.

Pastoral Care

Every student is assigned a house parent with whom they build a close relationship, and a tutor to monitor and guide their individual academic progress. Tutor groups and dormitories are mixed age, to encourage communication and shared experience across the years with 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 as an alternative to the mainstream 19th century British ‘public school’ and we still strive to educate the young people in our care with the same questioning approach to learning and living. Our motto – ‘work of each for weal of all’ – emphasises our attention to nurturing the individual as well as our collective endeavour. Today, our approach draws on our innovative traditions with Bedales Assessed Courses taught alongside five core GCSEs, project-based learning as part of our Block 3 (Year 9) curriculum and approaches to boarding, pastoral care and interpersonal relationships that break down unnecessary barriers. Students go on to a range of prestigious academic and artistic institutions in the UK and internationally, joining a host of alumni who are Bedalian for life.

Outstanding Characteristics

Shared progressive ethos across the three schools with impressive university destinations including Oxbridge, music conservatoires, art college and institutions like Cornell and Columbia. Innovation in the curriculum with high expectations. 120-acre estate in the South Downs National Park and chance for involvement at the working farm.

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