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Bedales School

Its credo says it all: Bedales School claims it is 'education for the head, the heart and the hand'. This rather unconventional, non-conformist school oozes creativity with art and music being especially strong here. Pupils are encouraged to be individuals and to speak their mind.
Von Bülow Education placed 1 pupils here in 2023.

The Essentials

  • Number of pupils: 468

  • Percentage boarders: 70%

  • Percentage international pupils: 8%

  • Av. class size: senior school: 15 / 6th Form: 8

  • Closest international airport:London Heathrow Airport, one hour away by car

  • Fees per term for 2023/2024: £14,185

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What we think
A beautiful school with a unique, broad approach to education, with creativity and individualism firmly at the core.

The Details


The school offers GCSEs, A-Levels, and its own curriculum called BACs.

Bedales School achieves consistently good academic results despite not being overly selective. In 2021, 65% of GCSE and BAC grades were 9-7 grades and 21% of A-Level grades were A grades.

Not being keen on the GCSE curriculum (too restrictive!), Bedales School introduced the Bedales Assessed Courses (BAC). Pupils can choose subjects like classical music, digital game design, product design or sports science.


70% of pupils board. About 8% of boarders are international students, making Bedales a very English boarding school. The boarding houses are very cozy and only 2 minutes from the main building. Most pupils share rooms with at least one other person. On week-ends the school organises non-compulsory activities. Anything from pizza bake-offs in the school's own pizza oven to cinema and bowling outings is on the cards.

Exeat weekends exist and are compulsory.


Bedales School strength lies in its unparalleled creative offer. Music, drama, dance, the arts and design are all excellent here. In fact, you'll be hard-pressed to find better in the UK!

Bedales School's strong focus on individualism is another strong suit. Pupils are encouraged to develop their individual personalities and question the world.


Some families feel that the other side of the coin of Bedales School's encouragement of individualism is that pupils misuse it. However, this seems to be a minority view!

The Location
Bedales School is five minutes by car from the picturesque market town Petersfield.

The Address
Bedales School
Church Rd
GU32 2DF

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