Bedales School A GSG School
- Bedales School
- Head: Mr K J Budge
- T 01730 300100
- F 01730 300500
- E firstname.lastname@example.org
- W www.bedales.org.uk
- A mainstream independent school for pupils aged from 13 to 18
- Boarding: Yes
- Local authority: Hampshire
- Pupils: 468
- Religion: Non-denominational
- Fees: Day £27,138; Boarding £34,533 pa
- Open days: 15 October 2016, 26 November 2016, 4 February 2017, 4 March 2017, 6 May 2017
- Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
- ISI report: View the ISI report
- Linked schools: Bedales Pre-prep, Dunannie and Bedales Prep, Dunhurst
What The Good Schools Guide says..
Bedales has recently started enrichment at A level, compulsory for those not taking four A levels. This safeguards time to learn something just for the joy of it; it could include beginners' Russian, oak framed building, dance or astronomy. ‘Education at its best’, said a parent, another describing her child’s delight at doing art again, having given this up to concentrate on academic subjects.
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)
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
Since 2001, Keith Budge, married with three grown up children. Read English at Oxford, and came to Bedales via Loretto and Marlborough. His previous schools, says the head, did not have the child so much at their centre. Neither, presumably, did the pupils call him Keith. Children here own and shape their education; the teachers, says Keith, are their collaborators. Who, indeed, would collaborate with Sir?
The head is deeply committed to the underlying ethos of Bedales (education of head, heart and hand). These are the ideals, says Keith, but ‘idealism here has a strong thread of pragmatism running through it’. He also believes that a school needs to constantly reinvent itself: the head originated Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs) as an alternative to GCSEs, and also now offers enrichment as an...
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 Syndrome [archived]|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders||Y|
|Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]|
|CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia|
|Delicate Medical Problems [archived]|
|English as an additional language (EAL)||Y|
|Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory|
|Has SEN unit or class|
|HI - Hearing Impairment|
|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|