English Department – changes

Two new teachers joined the English department this term, David Anson and Jen Moore. Since Graham Banks will be leaving in the summer, the department is undergoing rapid change. Fortunately, both David and Jen have settled in very successfully and, when Graham’s head of department role was advertised, David outshone strong external candidates and was given the job. This creates the happy situation of Graham and his successor working closely for a year before the handover. David read English at UCL and was head of sixth form in a large London school before coming to Bedales. One of the other candidates for the head of English post was clearly very able but a bit youthful for such an important role in the school; however it was evident that he took strongly to Bedales. Ed Mason, who read English at Oxford before joining Teach First, will therefore join in September to be the fourth full-time member of the department.  This will enable David to start work with his full team well before September. Read Graham Banks’ teacher profile. Read David Anson’s teacher profile.


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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