Bedales School’s “own version of GCSEs boosts places won at Oxbridge” says The Times

Greg Hurst, Times Education Editor, reports on the success of Bedales Assessed Courses (BACs), citing the rising A Level A*-B pass rate at the school (from 65% five years ago to 73% last year) as evidence of the positive impact since BACs were introduced in 2006.

Keith Budge says that more students than before had won places at Oxford or Cambridge, and A Level results were up.

Al McConville, Director of Teaching and Learning, discusses the freedom to develop the curriculum and provide additional stretch for students.

Olivia Brett (Block 5) describes how “teachers are doing what they really love. We feel that we are drawn by that and it is more challenging”.

Link to full article in The Times (subscription needed).

The article is also reported on the Daily Mail website which can be viewed here.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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