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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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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.

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Headmaster

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...

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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
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Epilepsy [archived]
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
Not Applicable
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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