Bedales School

Address: Bedales School, Church Road, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DG
Founded: 1893
Number of Pupils: 754 in total
Ages: 3-8 (Dunannie); 8-13 (Dunhurst); 13-18 (Bedales)
Fees: (termly) Nursery: £482-£668; Dunannie: £3,680-£4,855; Dunhurst: Day £6,245-£6,920; Boarding £8,190-£9,195; Bedales: Day £10,515; Boarding £13,380
Head Teacher: Will Goldsmith
Religious Affiliation: Non-denominational
Entrance Procedure: Selection by assessment and interview
Contact: 01730 711733 (Bedales Senior) and 01730 711558 (D&D)
Email: [email protected]
School Visits: Open Mornings, Bedales: 16 September (Sixth Form), 30 September, 25 November. For Dunhurst and Dunannie, visit Contact Admissions for Taster Days

The Curriculum

From the very youngest, pupils ‘learn through doing’ with a curriculum that has 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. We are acclaimed for our drama, theatre, art and music opportunities for participation in performances, 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.

Recent Scholarships

Scholarships are available from 10+ for music and academic, 13+ for art, and 16+ for drama, sport and design.

Head Teacher’s Philosophy

The school’s motto – ‘work of each for weal of all’ – emphasises both our attention to nurturing the individual as well as coming together in a collective endeavour. Today, our approach draws on our innovative traditions with Bedales Assessed Courses taught alongside five core GCSEs, project-based learning as a key part of our Block 3 (Year 9) curriculum and approaches to boarding, pastoral care and interpersonal relationships that break down unnecessary barriers. Our students go on to a wide range of some of the most prestigious academic and artistic institutions in the UK and internationally, joining a host of alumni who are distinctively Bedalian for life.

Outstanding Characteristics

Shared progressive ethos and vision across the three Bedales schools with impressive university destinations including Oxbridge, music conservatoires, art colleges and overseas institutions such as Cornell and Columbia. Innovation in the curriculum with high expectations. 120 acre estate in the South Downs National Park, the working farm allowing for pupil involvement.

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