Bedales was founded to be different. Where other schools imposed conformity, we have nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind. We maintain high standards of behaviour, which we believe arise best from self-discipline and from caring about others.
Although our students are naturally ambitious and competitive, the school places particular emphasis on collaboration. Our students move on comfortably to university and beyond, because they are already used to organising their own time, studying in depth, and mixing and debating with their elders.
Personal relationships here evince remarkable trust and rapport. Mutual respect is earned, not exacted by rank. This is why everyone, staff and students, is on first-name terms.
The relaxed atmosphere allows students to concentrate on the complex business of learning, developing, and becoming their own person. We have led the country in replacing many GCSEs with our own more interesting and more demanding Bedales Assessed Courses.
A glance at our online calendar of events (www.bedales.org.uk) gives a sense of the breadth and depth of the opportunities at Bedales. The students who will gain most from our community are those who will give most and join us wholeheartedly in this unique educational experience.
Our top higher education destinations are a diverse mix of Oxbridge, red brick and art college, with 10% of students progressing to Oxbridge. Bedales students therefore arrive at a similar place to those in more formal education settings. They have just taken a different route.
The vast majority of Bedales students secured places at their first choice university in 2017, with 18 (2017 cohort) and 14 (2016 cohort) starting courses at QS 2018 World Top 50 universities - including Cambridge, Oxford, King's College London, Edinburgh, Manchester, McGill Canada, London School of Economics and Bristol - and another five students (4 from 2017 cohort and 1 from 2016 cohort) taking up places at prestigious music conservatoires - the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music and Trinity Laban. In the Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs), GCSEs and IGCSEs, half of grades in 2017 were A* or A. BACs create a rigorous, imaginative and enjoyable curriculum, as well as preparing students for A Level study and subsequent application to university.
Bedales, together with its Prep school (Dunhurst) and Pre-prep (Dunannie) are set in the heart of the stunning South Downs National Park in Hampshire, only one hour from London by train. Entry is from Nursery through to Sixth Form with boarding from 10 years.