Bedales celebrates Biology Week

By Clover Skerry and Maisy Redmayne, 6.2

Last Friday, Block 3 students participated in the ‘Bio Art Attack’ competition run by the Royal Society of Biology as part of Biology Week which sees events take place all over the world to celebrate biological science.

As part of the activity we went for a walk around site to collect autumn leaves and late flowers. We went back to the lab and used what we collected to create a palisade cell art piece. After this, we used the spare leaves to make landscape and nature scenes, which we also sent off to be judged for Art Attack.

Other Block 3s have been working on models and posters of  plant and animal cells for the competition.

Last week a budding group of sixth form biologists undertook dissections, as a celebration of Biology Week. Everyone seemed to think that chopping up rats and cuttlefish was a fun activity for a Thursday evening. Our specimens were swiftly dismembered and examined giving an invaluable insight into some basic anatomy. I hope that we are able to hold future dissections which will be met with equal enthusiasm.


Students go to the Bank (of England)

Last Thursday, 6.2 economists travelled to London accompanied by John Scullion to visit the Bank of England and the Brands Museum in Notting Hill. At the Bank of England we visited the museum and were lucky enough to receive a private talk and watch a video on how the Bank works, then how economics works within the Bank. In the museum we saw why and how gold bars work in the economy; we were fortunate to see one and lift it, and old coins and notes that used to be in circulation. After the Bank, our group went to the Brands Museum where we witnessed how companies have chosen to advertise and brand products to appeal to consumers in the economy over the years. We found both museums very interesting, informative and learnt how companies competed when they weren’t competing on price.

By Henry Thomas-Aldridge and Arun Jayaseela-Gorna, 6.2

OBs inspire and reassure 6.2s

This year’s 6.2 students met with their counterparts of 10 years ago last Friday night when 11 Old Bedalians who left the school in 2002 came back to tell them how they got from age 18 to 28. Each one spoke about their thoughts on leaving school and what they were doing now, and the range of occupations fully reflected the breadth of the Bedales education: doctor, research chemist, actor, lawyer, designer, charity adviser, concert promoter, PhD student, sustainability adviser, renewable energy analyst and a civil servant working in the Treasury. Many of them felt that the Bedales ethos of service to the community had influenced their career path and reassured the 6.2s that they had not been afraid to experiment and change direction in order to find the right profession. They came across as a most impressive group of alumni: entertaining, wise and generous, and they spoke warmly of ways in which OBs maintain lasting friendships and keep in touch with each other.  View photos.

By Philip Parsons, Alumni Officer


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.