Successful bids to enhance school life

Each year the Bedales Parents’ Association Committee meets to consider funding bids from students and staff at all three schools for equipment and projects that would enhance and extend life experiences at the school. This year, after a lively discussion of the merits of each bid, the Committee made awards of some £16,800, covering 17 different projects. The projects the BPA agreed to back cover a wide range of activities and equipment, including outdoor projects, purchases of computer, photographic, scientific and sports equipment, a drum kit, an astronomical telescope and dome for the new Observatory and, perhaps most unusual of all, the purchase of a radio controlled working drone aircraft for use across seven departments, including Science, Geography, Computing, Outdoor Work and PRE.

By Neil Blackley and Richard Miller, BPA Committee


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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