Wanted: paperbacks

The English Department is very keen to do all we can to encourage as much reading for pleasure in our young people as we can. Next year we will be adding to the reading material on flat and in the Day Common Room with carousels of paperback fiction that students can take, read, put back or pass on to others. We have been given a very generous donation from the BPA to get us started but we would be really grateful if you could bring in a book to donate to the collection on Parents’ Day on 28 June. We are looking for anything you think teenagers would enjoy, maybe something you read when you were younger or something you have recently read and think would be appropriate. It could be any genre, as long as it is a paperback. If you feel like writing an inscription in the front saying why students might enjoy the book then all the better – this initiative is going to work on personal recommendations with the hope that students will pass books on to each other. There will be a collection point in Reception on the day. If you can’t make the 28th then please feel free to make a book donation at the end of term and please don’t worry about duplicates of texts – this will hopefully add to the general cache of your choice.

By  David Anson, Head of English


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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