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Bedales School

Address: Church Rd, Steep, Petersfield GU32 2DG, United Kingdom

Description Bedales School

  • Founded: in 1893
  • Location: Petersfield, Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • Age of students: 3-18 years
  • Total number of students: 700 people
  • Type of training: joint (mixed)
  • Type of accommodation: residence (full board)
  • Language of instruction: English.

Founded in 1893, the Bedales School (Hampshire School of Bedales School) became one of the first boarding schools in the UK. Its founder - JN Badley (JH Badley) - created it as a counterbalance to excessively strict pedantic boarding houses and always aspired to keep up to date. The forms of education, curricula and the plan, the composition of extracurricular activities and electives were constantly updated: for example, for a long time already an integral part of schoolchildren's education is the feasible participation in the activities of a school bakery and a subsidiary farm with several animals. Here, students more than anywhere else can dispose of their time and plan their own free hours, which essentially develops a sense of responsibility, curiosity, the value of learning and independent thinking.

An important principle of the school's work, which has been adhered to since its inception, is the religious equality of all students, regardless of their religion or confession. It has always been and remains a general religious institution, which does not conduct compulsory services and prayers.

Initially, the school building was built in the village of Lindfield, but already in 1899 moved to its current location in a separate mansion and the surrounding areas and began to teach students 13-18 years. The department for the lower grades (8-13 years old, Dunhurst School) opened in 1902 and began teaching the traditional Swiss method of Maria Montessori - the founder of the methodology even personally attended the school and approved the implementation of its program, which is based on a purely individual approach to each child , an absolute recognition of its independence, value, independence and uniqueness. In 1950, the third school branch of Dunnannie School was opened for young schoolchildren aged 3-8.

Today the school of Bedales School offers a full training cycle from 3 to 18 years for boys and girls, the boarding house is available from 8 years. The total number of students is 700-750 people (both sexes are approximately equal), about 400 children study at full board, and the senior classes (Sixth Form) number about 85-90 people. Approximately 67% of families from the nearest county, 30% of parents live in London or the southern regions of England, another 5% represent foreign students and foreign families.

The schoolboys of Bedales School manage to achieve impressive academic results:

  • GCSE: most students give at least 8 subjects, receiving scores from and above (in 2016, 48% of exams were awarded to the highest A-A * scores)
  • A-level: Almost all graduates gain at least 310 points, passing 3-4 disciplines (in 2016 the number of successful assignments - for points A * -B - was 75%).

The overwhelming majority of graduates (95%) successfully enter universities (40% prefer to take an academic year of rest and preparation):

  • 15% choose natural and engineering sciences
  • 60% - humanitarian, social areas
  • 2% - art, music, drama and theater.

At school there is no strict uniform, religious affiliation (however, those who wish can always visit the neighboring church and perform their usual rituals, prayers). However, for serious offenses the school punishes strictly: first of all it concerns smoking, drinking, storage, purchase or use of drugs - an uncovered student is punished right up to immediate exclusion.

The school regularly passes all sorts of examinations and examinations, in 2014 the Independent Independent Commission of the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) awarded it the following grades "Excellent" for all basic parameters, only two grades "Good" (teaching conditions and quality of school management). The demanded independent guide for The Good Schools Guide, which guides parents around the world, also gave the school a very high rating: "This is not a factory of grades, it is a place with excellent teachers and a calm, friendly atmosphere, traditional values ​​and fidelity to traditions." The HMC (Conference of School Directors), the SHMIS (Society of Directors and Directs of Independent Schools) and the BSA (Association of Boarding Schools), constantly exchanges knowledge and experience with colleagues around the world.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Bedales School

Program name
from 12 400 £ / term


A two-year course in the UK for children aged 14-16, completing a part-time secondary education program and giving an opportunity to obtain a certificate. For foreigners, there is a special adapted version of the program - IGCSE - with the addition of an intensive English course (including the academic component).

The curriculum of schoolchildren includes a large number of subjects - compulsory and optional - of which they choose 8-10 for the final examinations:

  • English / English as a Foreign Language (ESL, only for foreign students)
  • English literature
  • Choreographic art
  • Geography
  • Foreign languages: French, German, Latin, Spanish
  • Information and communication technologies (ICT)
  • Natural sciences (chemistry, physics, biology)
  • Theatrical art and drama
  • physical Culture and sport
  • History
  • Music
  • Mathematics
  • Art and Design
  • Technology & Design
  • Religious studies (theology)
  • Classical civilizations.

The cost of training in Bedales School for 1 person is (trimester and year respectively):

  • Middle classes (Juniors) = 8920 £ / 26760 £
  • Senior classes (Senjors) = 12980 £ / 38940 £.

1 academic year = 3 terms; the price is indicated with accommodation and meals on full board.

from 12 400 £ / term


The British "gold standard" of preparation for higher education and training in the Sixth Form: this is a two-year program for students of 16-18 years old, distinguished by academic complexity, integrity, depth. Thanks to this, the A-level certificate with good scores from most universities is equated to the entrance exams and frees the entrant from additional admission tests.

The curriculum includes only 4-5 subjects in the first year (AS-level) and 3-4 - on the second: this helps students concentrate on mastering the most important, priority for admission to the chosen higher school disciplines. However, there are a lot of options:

  • English as a foreign language (ESL, only for foreigners)
  • Chemistry
  • English literature
  • Media and Media
  • Business
  • Physics
  • physical Culture and sport
  • Higher Mathematics
  • Technology & Design
  • Foreign languages: French, Spanish, Latin, German, Ancient Greek
  • Biology
  • Geography
  • Economy
  • Theatrical studies and dramatic art
  • History
  • Informatics and Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Religious Studies
  • Political science + political geography
  • Art
  • Classical civilizations: the history of civilizations + Latin + Greek
  • Mathematics
  • Music and music technology
  • Psychology.

The cost of training in Bedales School for 1 person is (trimester and year respectively):

  • Middle classes (Juniors) = 8920 £ / 26760 £
  • Senior classes (Senjors) = 12980 £ / 38940 £.

1 academic year = 3 terms; the price is indicated with accommodation and meals on full board.

Accommodation and food

In total, 7 comfortable hostels have been built on the territory of the school, where children are accommodated on the principle of full boarding.

All residences are divided according to the age principle (for separation by rooms and floors, of course, gender identity also affects), with the children in the buildings there are always experienced tutors with their team, as well as qualified nurses. The rooms are mainly for 1-3 people (traditionally private bedrooms are given to high school students in the first place), there are common kitchens, shops and a student café. Older students are allowed to leave the school campus on weekends (with the permission of the parent / guardian and with the notice of the tutor).

The boarding meal is organized in a common spacious, bright dining room (self-service system), a snack, a light breakfast or snacks for tea can be enjoyed in the common kitchens of the residences - they are equipped with the necessary equipment, furniture and cooking equipment.

Events Bedales School

In our free time, students have the widest opportunities for personal, social, creative and sporting development.

1) Sport

Participants of school teams and national teams constantly participate in national and regional competitions, win and take prizes. Everyone can choose the most attractive sport for themselves and practice it practically on a professional level:

  • tennis
  • Athletics
  • yoga
  • aerobics
  • general fitness
  • football (provided for men's and women's teams)
  • dancing
  • swimming
  • classical ballet
  • netball
  • hockey
  • volleyball
  • basketball
  • badminton
  • judo
  • aikido
  • karate
  • other martial arts
  • cricket
  • rugby
  • horseback riding
  • sailing.

2) Creativity

At school there are more than 50 clubs and clubs of interest, so that everyone will have a lesson and talent:

  • 16 musical groups: choirs, vocal groups, chamber and symphony orchestra, various instrumental ensembles
  • dance troupe
  • art and design
  • chess
  • drama and theater (own studio with regular productions)
  • pottery and ceramics
  • textile
  • Cinema Club
  • photo (digital and classical)
  • printing
  • bitmap printing
  • fine Arts
  • engraving
  • cookery
  • modeling
  • Historical club
  • oratorical skills and debate.

About 60% of students deal with music in statistics, especially gifted and talented play in the National Youth Brass Band. As for dramatic art and choreography, the school offers the opportunity to study them at the GCSE and A-level level and even pass a special creative exam of the LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Drama), which is perfect for those graduates who have decided to associate a career with art. To hand over as an item on the GCSE and A-level, you can also art, design: on average, 25-45 people are exam- ined on these topics every year.

3) Social work and projects

A lot of time and effort is given to social, socially useful work. We can not fail to note the excellent work of the Joint Cadet Corps (CCF), as well as the relevance of the program for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize, in which Bedales School senior students (she combines expeditions, sports and social work) participate with pleasure and win.

At school the School Council is constantly working: they are led by the students themselves, independently selecting members from among the responsible students. The Council manages several committees (entertainment, charity, environmental protection), assigns lessons in the expanded program of social education.

4) Excursions and trips

Regular excursions around the UK and abroad are regularly organized: children visit famous historical places and monuments, cultural centers of the planet, relax at ski resorts, participate in social and volunteer missions.

Equipment Bedales School

Bedales School is conveniently located near the town of Petersfield (Stip village) about an hour and a half drive from London. The total area of ​​the Bedales School campus is about 120 acres: this picturesque, nice looking East Hampshire countryside is 16 miles from the seashore - students are not only provided Beautiful views, but also clean, healthy, fresh air.

The territory is equipped according to the highest and most demanding modern requirements - this is a small town where students will find everything necessary for study, recreation, entertainment, accommodation:

  • residential residences (7 houses)
  • educational premises, lecture halls, auditoriums
  • own theater
  • School of Music
  • dance classes
  • modern scientific laboratories
  • large multi-purpose sports complex
  • pool
  • tennis courts with professional coating
  • Numerous fields and grounds for game sports / individual training
  • beautiful green gardens
  • wooded groves for walks, rest and picnics
  • small subsidiary farm-farm + pasture for livestock
  • zone of nature reserve
  • own bakery (students help in the work of bakers)
  • The most beautiful Memorial Library (built in 1921 by the famous architect Ernest Gimson).

Term dates and fees

The cost of training in Bedales School for 1 person is (trimester and year respectively):

  • Middle classes (Juniors) = 8920 £ / 26760 £
  • Senior classes (Senjors) = 12980 £ / 38940 £.

1 academic year = 3 terms; the price is indicated with accommodation and meals on full board. The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee = £ 100
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for tuition (= 1 trimester cost)
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents = from £ 100
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 200 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 11400 GBP

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

Basically in Bedales School children enter at 3 years old, at 7-8 years old, 11, 13 and 16 years old - for selection of entrants the school uses its own internal exam.

1) For applicants for a place in the A-level program:

You must have a GCSE certificate with scores of at least 50 in the overall standings, and in the subjects that are planned to be studied at A-level, the scores must be at least A-A *. According to statistics, 20% of A-level students come from public schools, but more than half - 53% - from Dunhurst's own preparatory department.


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- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
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