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Bedales School

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Lots of opportunities for outdoor work, both within the curriculum and beyond. The school has its own farm and pupils plant trees, keep bees and learn about livestock management, blacksmithing, hedge laying, timber framing and wood whittling. We met a group of year 10 outdoor work BAC students preparing sheepskins, ready to send them to a tannery. Another lot were cooking pizzas to sell in the pizza shack at lunchtime...

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What the school says...

Bedales was founded to be different from the schools of its time. Where others imposed conformity, Bedales nurtured individuality, initiative and an enquiring mind. True to its roots and founding principles the school places emphasis on collaboration and care for others.
Our students are naturally ambitious and competitive, and build strong relationships with each other and their teachers based on mutual respect; everyone, staff and students, is on first name terms. This approach enables students to concentrate on the complex business of learning, developing and becoming their own person. Bedales continues to be an onnovative school; we led the country in replacing many GCSEs with our own more interesting and demanding Bedales Assessed Courses. Our students move on comfortably to university and beyond, because they are self-disciplined, are already used to organising their own time, to studying in depth, and to mixing and debating with their elders. ...Read more

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Curricula

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

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Headmaster

Since 2018, Magnus Bashaarat MA PGCE MBA (50s), previously head of Milton Abbey and before that deputy head of Stowe. Educated at the King’s School, Canterbury (he and Stowe head Anthony Wallersteiner were contemporaries), followed by the 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. He changed direction when he took a course in teaching English as a foreign language and 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 year at Sydney...

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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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