Thoughts from an outgoing 6.2

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Over the past few weeks, 6.2 flat has grown increasingly quiet as more of us depart having finished the last of our exams. It has not been unusual to see those leaving become emotional when it hits them: when their bags are packed and they leave their friends still swamped in folders and practice papers. Having finished the last of my exams on Tuesday, l don’t believe it has quite hit me yet.

As an initial reflection on the past year and my time here as a whole, I can’t imagine another place I would have rather conducted and concluded my school education. It strikes me as a rarity to find a place that can offer the freedom this school does. The freedom and space to think, to exercise and to spend time with the people you have grown to love and care for- especially during the exam season – is often taken for granted.

I believe it is this freedom which truly motivates and sustains us. At this time, conversation does tend to turn to the future and the dreaded question: “and what will you be doing next year?”, but there is also a fond reflection on the past and “what more would you have done?” Discussing the latter with fellow 6.2s, we settled on one main thing we would have done if we relived our Bedales education. We decided we would have written a diary starting at Block 3, if not sooner, not just for comic-value but as a reminder and record of all our experiences. I think of this, what it would look like and how full it would be; I think Bedales encourages people to leave with a weighty volume, a full and well-used diary.

While the many empty pages ahead will always be daunting, I am immensely grateful for the freedom I have had so far to fill the pages with numerous and various experiences and to have shared them with such a supportive and special bunch of people.

Exam prep

Exam time – it seems to approach more rapidly as you move through the school – and the pressures, whether they are internally or externally imposed, can dull the spirits even on a gloriously sunny day. There are no real short cuts to getting ready for exams, but thinking ahead, ensuring you have the right information to hand and organising a structured revision routine can help manage the pressures and shorten the journey to exam success. And it isn’t all about work, work, work – it is about finding a balance and working smart as well as hard and then enjoying appropriate breaks in between. Read more.

By Gill Harris, Head of Learning Support

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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.

From Bedales to Oxbridge

Seven Bedales students are celebrating offers from the universities of Oxford and Cambridge on courses in the humanities and science. Five current sixth formers hope to secure the grades this summer to take up their places and two former students have received unconditional offers. Oxford bound are Sam Wilkinson (Physics) and Katie Millard (French & Linguistics). The Bedales sixth formers heading for Cambridge are Maddie Green (Medicine), Mohammad Pechuho (Classics) and Nell Whittaker (English). Former student Christy Callaway-Gale will read Spanish at Oxford after achieving three A Level A* grades last summer. Rosie Nicolson will study Architecture at Cambridge, having gained three A Level A* grades at Bedales in 2011. Three of the students, Christy, Sam and Maddie, were taught at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, before progressing to Bedales senior school and sixth form. Read more.

Oxbridge students

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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.