Professional guidance

As the academic year reaches its climax with the beginning of the examination period, the Professional Guidance department is looking ahead to the next cycle of Higher Education and Careers advice.

The 6.2 students who have applied to university this year are making their final choices from the offers received whilst concentrating on A2 exams.  On Friday the 6.1s had a lecture from the Admissions Officer from the University of Southampton about how to make an attractive and individual application via UCAS. This was followed by sessions with Vikki Alderson-Smart, Sarah Oakley and myself about setting up UCAS or Common Application accounts (for USA), and understanding the portfolio process surrounding Art College applications.  This Sunday evening (8 May), the information will be shared with 6.1 parents in the SLT at 7.30pm.

On 18 June, 6.1 and 6.2 students will be invited to the OB Fair – a hugely popular event – where OBs currently at university return to Bedales in order to share their experiences with the sixth form.  This interaction has proved very valuable to our students as it gives them an insight into undergraduate life.  Block 5 students are by no means forgotten at this time of year, and will have their own Careers Fair on 24 June where numerous professionals from a huge variety of specialisms come to discuss their own career paths and offer tips on how to get to where you want to be.

It is a very exciting time of year for us in the PG department and we hope the students enjoy the events as much as we do.

By Alison Mason, Careers and North American university liaison

Bedales A Level Success

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Bedales students have achieved strong A Level results for 2015 with the school’s highest ever percentage of A* grades at 15.5%. They have secured places at universities including Oxford, Cambridge, London School of Economics, University College London, Edinburgh, Bristol, Durham, Glasgow, Exeter, Warwick and Berklee (US). 43% of all grades were A*-A and 72% at A*-B.

Seven Bedales students have secured places at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge on courses in Medicine, Chemistry, Biochemistry, English, Philosophy, Politics & Economics, French & Religious Studies, and Fine Art; four have done so through this summer’s grades and three students from last year’s cohort received offers based on their A Level results from 2014. Four of these seven students were taught at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, before progressing to Bedales Senior School and Sixth Form.

Poppy Duncan from Stroud, Petersfield will read Medicine at New College, Oxford having achieved three A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, and an A in Further Mathematics; Chloe Green from Liss achieved three A*s in History, Mathematics and Further Mathematics, and an A in Chemistry, and will read Chemistry at Worcester College, Oxford; Peter Price from London achieved three A*s in English Literature, History and Religious Studies and will take up his place at Corpus Christi, Cambridge, to read English;Juliette Perry from Petersfield gained an A* in History and three As in Chemistry, English Literature and Mathematics, and will take up a place at Somerville, Oxford to read Philosophy, Politics and Economics.

Sophia Falkner from London achieved four A*s in Economics, German, History and Mathematics; to study Economics and Economic History at the London School of Economics.Oscar Braun-White from Rowland’s Castle achieved three A*s in Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics and an A in Classical Greek; to study Natural Sciences at Durham University. Sophie Mills from Rowland’s Castle achieved three A*s in Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics, and an A in Further Mathematics; to study Chemistry at the University of Warwick. Thomas Higginson from Chilworth, Southampton celebrated his 18th birthday on results day with three A*s in Dance, French and Psychology and an A in Mathematics; to study Dance at The Place, London.

Head boy, Rob Miller, from London achieved two A*s in English Literature and Mathematics, and an A in Latin. Head girl;  Margaret Rice, from Bampton, Oxfordshire achieved an A in Religious Studies and two Bs in Classical Greek and Latin.

Two departing Bedales students have spent the summer working with the prestigious National Youth Theatre:

  • Christi Van Clarke from London achieved two A*s in Drama and Theatre Studies, and Art and Design, and an A in French; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at City and Guilds, London.
  • Deputy head boy, Roly Botha, from the Isle of White achieved three Bs in Drama and Theatre Studies, English Literature and Religious Studies; to study Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway. Roly was also awarded the school’s Gabriel Bruce Award for outstanding work in Theatre, Art and general contribution to the community.

22 Bedales students have been accepted at British art schools. Many schools find that only a select few of their art students choose to apply to leading art and design colleges and universities. The one-year Foundation Diplomas in Art and Design allows students the experience of further developing practical and conceptual skills in preparation for art and design related degrees.

The three Bedales students progressing to Oxford having taken their A Levels last summer are:

  • Olivia Brett from Petersfield who will read Theology and Religious Studies at Clare College, Cambridge. She is currently performing as Nannetta in The Black Cat Opera Company’s performance of Verdi’s Falstaff at the Camberley Theatre has also been awarded a choral scholarship at Clare College.
  • Rufus Rock, head boy in 2013/14, from East Meon, who will read Fine Art at Brasenose, Oxford. This year he has taken a six month practical filmmaking course in Berlin and also learnt German.
  • Joshua Grubb from Petersfield, who will read Biochemistry at Somerville, Oxford. He has spent this year working for Procter and Gamble in their science research labs at the Newcastle Innovation Centre as part of the ‘Year in Industry’ scheme. He was also awarded a Distinction in his Diploma (Dip.ABRSM) Clarinet examination.

Commenting on the results, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:

“We are delighted that our students achieved Bedales’ highest percentage of top grades with 15.5% of all A Level awards at A*. Congratulations to our students whose results are worthy recognition of their hard work. I wish them well as they now progress to an impressive range of universities and art colleges in the UK and overseas.”

Other Bedales student successes include:

  • Mona Fu from Zhuhai, China achieved two A*s in Mathematics and Art and Design, and an A in Physics; to study Architecture at University College London.
  • Jojo Mosely from Hambledon achieved two A*s in Art and Design and English Literature, and an A in French; to study History of Art and French at the University of Bristol.
  • Sofia Palm from London achieved two A*s in Politics and Religious Studies, and an A in History; to study Social Anthropology at SOAS, University of London.
  • Jack Merrett from London achieved an A* in History, and two As in Politics and Religious Studies.
  • Isabelle Binney from Rogate achieved an A* in Art and Design, an A in Psychology, and a B in English Literature; to study History of Art at the University of Bristol.
  • Lizzie Compton from Rake achieved an A* in History, an A in English Literature, and a B in Mathematics; to study Law at the University of Bristol.
  • Henry McWhirter from Hindhead achieved an A* in History, an A in English Literature, and a B in Religious Studies.
  • Eleanor Soper from Hambledon achieved an A* in Mathematics, an A in Physics, and a B in Chemistry; to study Chemistry at the University of Edinburgh.
  • Alexander Yetman from Froxfield achieved a D2 (equivalent to A*) in Music Pre-U, and two Bs in English Literature and Design and Technology; to study Bespoke Tailoring at University of the Arts London.
  • Sofie Kitts from Swanmore achieved three As in English Literature, History and Spanish; to study Scandinavian Studies and History at The University of Edinburgh.
  • Phoebe Landers from Headley achieved three As in French, History and Spanish; to study History at The University of Edinburgh.
  • Laura Wise from South Harting achieved three As in English Literature, History and Religious Studies; to study Philosophy and English Literature at The University of Edinburgh.
  • Lily Brown from Liss achieved two As in Biology and Classical Civilisation, and a B in Art and Design.
  • Victoria Burnell from Sheet achieved two As in Economics and History, and a B in Classical Civilisation.
  • Saskia Church from Brentford achieved two As in Design and Technology and Psychology, and a B in Economics.
  • Jack Shannon from Steep achieved two As in Biology and Mathematics, and a B in Chemistry; to study Marine Biology at the University of Southampton.
  • Maya Wilson from Rowberrow, Somerset achieved an A in English Literature, a D3 (equivalent to an A) in Music Pre-U, and a B in History.
  • Emily Blackley from Priors Dean achieved an A in Biology, and two Bs in Geography and Mathematics; to study Biological Anthropology at The University of Kent.
  • Gabriel Curry from Steep achieved an M1 (equivalent to an A) in Music Pre-U, and two Bs in Mathematics and History; to study Law at the University of York.
  • Ruan Evans from Wimbledon achieved an A in Dance, and two Bs in Drama and Theatre Studies, and History.
  • Foxey Hardman from Langport, Somerset achieved an A in Psychology, and two Bs in Drama and Theatre Studies, and French.
  • Radheka Kumari from Ruislip achieved an A in English Literature, and two Bs in History and Religious Studies.
  • Enrico Luo from Guangdong, China achieved an A in Mathematics, and two Bs in Physics and Design and Technology; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art and Design at City College Brighton and Hove.
  • Robert Murray from London achieved an A in Mathematics, and two Bs in Physics and Computing.
  • Lydia Nethercott-Garabet from Steep Marsh achieved an A in Latin, and two Bs in History and Spanish.
  • Matilda Raphael from Richmond achieved an A in Psychology, and two Bs in English Literature and Drama and Theatre Studies.
  • James Sweet from Henfield, West Sussex achieved an A in Mathematics, and two Bs in Biology and Chemistry.
  • Lily Wetherill from Midhurst achieved an A in Art and Design, and two Bs in Design and Technology and English Literature.

The full A Level statistics were as follows:

  • A* passes: 15.5%
  • A* – A passes: 43.0%
  • A* – B passes: 72.1%
  • A* – E passes: 99.2%

Cambridge Pre-U D1 and D2 grades are equivalent to an A*; a D3 is equivalent to an A; M1 is equivalent to an A grade and M2/M3 merit grades are equivalent to B grade.

Note that this data is provisional and subject to re-marks.

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Bedales A Level success 2012

 Bedales students have achieved excellent A Level results for 2012 with 39% of all grades at A* – A. They have secured places at universities including Oxford, Exeter, Edinburgh, London, Bristol, the Royal Veterinary College, the Royal Agricultural College, art colleges such as Falmouth and Leeds, and international institutions including Bocconi (Milan), New York University, Davidson (North Carolina) and University of British Columbia.
 
Nine students achieved places at Oxbridge, including Jack Briggs (from Cirencester) who, with an impressive six grades at A* or A, has secured a place at Oxford to read Medicine (A* in Mathematics and five As in Biology, Chemistry, Further Mathematics, Physics and Religious Studies). He will be joined at Oxford by Luke Austen (from Emsworth) who will also study Medicine after achieving three A* grades in Biology, French and Mathematics, and an A in Chemistry. Cicely Robinson (from Petersfield) secured her place at Oxford to study Mathematics after achieving an A* in Mathematics, and three As in Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Physics. Tegen Evans (from London) achieved three A* grades in English Literature, History and Religious Studies securing her place to read English Language and Literature at Oxford. Jamie Russell (from Miland) is to read French at Oxford after achieving two A* grades in French and History, and an A in Geography.
 
Head Girl, Rebecca Wilson (from Liss) achieved three A grades in English Literature, French and Religious Studies to secure her place at Bristol to read Philosophy and French, while Deputy Head Girl, Laura Stewart (from Winchester) will read Philosophy and Theology at Edinburgh after achieving an A* grade in Religious Studies and two As in English Literature and History. During their final year at Bedales both girls jointly received the Cecily Eastwood Award for their contributions to the school. Titus Buckworth, Head Boy (from London) achieved an A* grade in Mathematics, two As in Further Mathematics and Physics and a B in Religious Studies and will read Mathematics and Philosophy at Nottingham, while Deputy Head Boy, Richard Ward, achieved two B grades in Design and English Literature, and a Cambridge Pre-U M3 in Music.
 
Oliver Bradley (from Petersfield) achieved an A* grade in Mathematics, and three As in Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and will read Mechanical Engineering at Imperial College, London.
 
Twin sisters Claudia and Sophia Turner (from London) are also celebrating: Sophia achieved three A grades in English Literature, History and Spanish, and will read History at King’s College, London. Claudia achieved two As in Religious Studies and Spanish, and a B in English Literature, and will read Spanish and Philosophy at Edinburgh.
 
Darren Siah (from Weybridge, Surrey) achieved an A* in Art and two B grades in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies. While at Bedales, Darren was awarded the Gabriel Bruce Book Prize for his academic and creative excellence at AS and A2, as well as his contribution to successful school performances at the Edinburgh Fringe last summer and several notable internal productions. This annual prize is awarded to a member of 6.2 (Upper Sixth) who has achieved outstanding work in Theatre, Art, and in particular, general contribution to the school community.
 
An increasing number of Bedales students are choosing to study overseas. Maria Garfunkel (from Argentina) achieved three A grades in French, Italian and Spanish, and a B in Economics, and will read Economics and Finance at Bocconi University, Milan. Maddie Butcher (from Arundel) achieved three B grades in Classical Civilisation, Psychology and History and will attend the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Cormac McShane (from London) achieved an A in Religious Studies, and two Bs in Classical Civilisation and History, and progresses to Davidson, North Carolina. All will read Liberal Arts degrees.
 
Commenting on the results, Keith Budge, Headmaster of Bedales Schools, said:
“Congratulations to our students on their hard work and good results. Bedales students progress to an impressive range of universities and art colleges in the UK and overseas, with many choosing to continue on to postgraduate studies. This capable cohort, like its predecessors, will go on to make a significant contribution in a broad range of fields across the arts, sciences and business.”
 
Other Bedales student successes include:
 
  • Isabel Fitzgerald from Chichester achieved three A* grades in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics.
  • Joely Harris from Crockerwell, Devon achieved two A* grades in History and Religious Studies, and an A grade in English Literature; to study English at Exeter.
  • Christy Callaway-Gale from Liphook achieved two A* grades in English Literature and Spanish and a D3 in Cambridge Pre-U Music.
  • Sophia Burnell from Petersfield achieved an A* in Art, an A grade in English Literature and a D3 in Cambridge Pre-U Music; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Falmouth.
  • Sarah Praetorius from Germany achieved an A* in German, an A in History and two B grades in English Literature and Drama & Theatre Studies; to study Anthropology at University College London.
  • Lucy Duncan from Petersfield achieved an A* in Design, an A in Mathematics, and a B grade in Economics; to study Mathematics and Business Studies at Edinburgh.
  • Ralph Woollcombe from London achieved an A* grade in Mathematics, an A grade in Art and a B grade in Biology; to study Zoology at Bristol.
  • Florence Sandberg from Petersfield achieved an A* in Religious Studies and two B grades in English Literature and History; to study Law at Bristol.
  • Hugo Fell from London achieved three A grades in Classical Civilisation, Latin and Mathematics.
  • Henry Quekett from Petersfield achieved two A grades in Design and Economics, and two B grades in Physics and Mathematics.
  • Toby Goodger from Petersfield achieved two A grades in Biology and Design, and a B grade in Geography.
  • Olivia Yetman from Petersfield achieved two A grades in Biology and Mathematics, and a B grade in Chemistry; to study Veterinary Medicine at The Royal Veterinary College, London.
  • Claudia White from Petworth achieved three A grades in Physics, Geography and Mathematics; to study Law with Politics at the New College of the Humanities.
  • Henri Hamm from Totternhoe, Bedfordshire achieved two A grades in Economics and French, and a B in Biology; to study Banking Finance and Management at Loughborough.
  • Samuel McNeil from London achieved two A grades in Economics and History, and a B in Geography; to study History at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
  • Claudia Miller from Upham achieved two A grades in Art and History, and a B in English Literature.
  • Alexandra Anholt from Scratby, Norfolk achieved an A in Italian and two B grades in Art and French; to study Art History and a language at Sussex.
  • Andrew Richards from Goudhurst, Kent achieved an A in Mathematics and two B grades in Design and Psychology; to study Product Design at Kingston.
  • Mathilda Reekie from Laurencekirk, Scotland achieved an A grade in Art, and two B grades in Classical Civilisation and History; to study Art History at Sussex.
  • Rosie Crawley from Petersfield achieved an A grade in Classical Civilisation and two B grades in Art and Dance; to study a Foundation Diploma in Art & Design at Falmouth.
  • George Eve from London achieved an A grade in Classical Civilisation and two B grades in English Literature and History.
  • Elliott Hills from London achieved an A grade in Classical Civilisation and two B grades in English Literature and Religious Studies; to study American Studies and English at Sussex.
  • George Vaughan-Barratt achieved an A grade in Economics and two B grades in Classical Civilisation and Religious Studies; to study Philosophy and Theology & Religious Studies at Leeds.
  • Fred Aspel from Windsor, Berkshire achieved three B grades in Physics, Psychology and Mathematics; to study Mathematics and Psychology at Newcastle University.
  • Katherine Horlick from London achieved three B grades in Classical Civilisation, History and Religious Studies.
  • Harriet Ivison from Midhurst achieved three B grades in Biology, English Literature and History; to study Rural Land Management at the Royal Agricultural College.
  • Victoria Markland from Jersey achieved three B grades in Classical Civilisation, Dance and Psychology; to read Psychology at Bath Spa. 
  • Jack Scullion from Petersfield achieved three B grades in Biology, Economics and Psychology; to study Sports Science with Management at Loughborough.
  • Kim Viljoen from Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex achieved three B grades in Physics, Mathematics and Religious Studies; to study Mathematical, Statistical and Actuarial Sciences at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh.

 The full A Level statistics were as follows:

A* – A passes: 39%
A* – B passes: 70%
A* – E passes: 99%

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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.