Bedales School

Academic Families works with more than 450 schools throughout the UK, and we have become experts at matching children to the right boarding school for them in order to ensure each student thrives.


We're delighted to present one of our partner schools:
Bedales Senior and Prep School in Hampshire, England.


About Bedales School

Mission statement

“We work together to ensure that every student leaves us having discovered their own talents, passions and identities, with a powerful sense of responsibility to others.”


Alongside GCSEs, Bedales offers their “Bedales Assessed Courses” (BACs) which allow for more freedom over what pupils can study, and are more focused on coursework rather than exams. This approach teaches students important skills for adult life such as creative thinking and independent learning. Bedales believes in a liberal education that breaks down unnecessary boundaries and allows students to develop their own thinking and reasoning, giving them a more holistic educational experience.

This style of learning results in 90% of students getting accepted into their first choice university. This includes the QS World Top 100 universities and many leading music conservatoires and art colleges. Some popular university destinations include Bristol, Sussex, Edinburgh, Oxford and Manchester.

Activities & sports

Bedales values the wellbeing of their students very highly, and so provides them with a wide variety of activities and sports to help them pursue what they are interested in outside of school hours. They have various choirs, bands and orchestras for aspiring musicians, and other creative outlets like drama, animation, creative writing, blacksmithing, and many more. In fact, drama is available to pupils from Prep School through to Sixth Form and students can choose to participate in training from professional bodies such as LAMDA and RADA. Students will also have the chance to explore the technical side of theatre by working as stage crew or on costumes in school productions.

To promote fitness, they offer a range of sports, from basketball, badminton and football, to stage fighting and yoga, allowing students to try many different activities in order to find what they are passionate about.

International student community

While most students and families live in London, Bedales welcomes students from around the world, with about 10% of students coming from overseas. For non-native English speakers, there is an English as an Additional Language (EAL) programme available to help every student get the most out of their education at Bedales.

Boarding life

At Bedales, around two-thirds of students are boarders. There are three boarding houses in Bedales, Steephurst, Boys’ Flat, and 6.2 Flat. In Steephurst and Boys’ Flat, the age groups are mixed from Year 9-12 so that friendships are less restricted and older students can act as mentors to younger ones, limiting isolation as much as possible. Year 12 pupils can become dorm mentors who lead by example and work with Houseparents to ensure the welfare of the boarders. 6.2 is a co-educational house for year 13 with segregated sleeping and bathroom areas. This approach to boarding prepares students for life after Bedales.


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