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This must be the only school in the country which has ‘appreciation of the beautiful’ as one of its aims. Outdoor work is a key part of the curriculum: from planting, to building a posh pig sty, to putting a new engine in an ancient Land Rover. Qualifications look different here too, to fit this more holistic vision of learning: ‘the wonderful BACs’ (as described by a parent) are a living alternative to GCSEs. ‘Education at its best’, said a parent, another describing her child’s delight at…

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Meet Bedales School at the Independent Schools Show 2018, Stand 508

What the school says...

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. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Girls taking English Language & Lit at an English Independent School (GCSE)

Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since September 2018, Magnus Bashaarat MA PGCE (40s), previously head of Milton Abbey School and before that deputy head of Stowe. Educated at The King’s School, Canterbury (he and Stowe head Anthony Wallersteiner were contemporaries there), followed by University of Edinburgh, where he read English. After work experience at the York Evening Press he decided to become a journalist and worked for the Observer and Evening Standard for a while. He changed direction after taking a course in teaching English as a foreign language - found he loved ‘standing up in front of a class and helping people to learn.’ PGCE at King’s College London, followed by two years at Sherborne and a 15-year stint at Eton, where he taught English and drama and was a housemaster for seven years. He also did a...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

At Bedales, students with specific learning difficulties receive one-to-one support on a weekly basis with an SEN teacher. Typically, these students will receive one learning support lesson per week, and most of them will go on to achieve high grades at GCSE and A level. All but a few enter higher education where they read a wide range of subjects, notably maths and sciences but also history and English.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
PD - Physical Disability Y
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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