Bedales progress in Schools’ Challenge

Last week Bedales took part in the first round of the Schools’ Challenge general knowledge quiz (schools’ version of University Challenge) against Lord Wandsworth College (LWC). The team consisted of Mim Evison (Block 5), Phoebe Devonshire (Block 3), Noah Clark-Hall (Block 3) and Jonathan Campbell (6. 2). The youthful team started extremely strongly taking an early lead. However, over the 30 minute quick fire quiz LWC overtook Bedales and at one point Bedales were losing by 80 points. Both teams were equally good and the competition was tough. Each member showed how good they were answering vast numbers of questions. In the closing minutes Mim clawed back 50 points for Bedales through her knowledge of Central European countries. Finally, it was neck and neck on 490 points Bedales had the last question to confer on. It was all down to this…Phoebe kept her cool recognising that “The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way towards the lagoon” was the opening line to Lord of the Flies. She buzzed in her answer and Bedales won 500 points to 490! Bedales winning on the very last question. The team of four now go on to play Hurstpierpoint College in round two of the regional stages of the competition.

By Phoebe Devonshire, Block 3


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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