Bedales School, Petersfield, Hampshire

Bedales School in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire

Address: Bedales School, Church Road, Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire GU32 2DG
Admissions Queries: FAO Janie Jarman (Admissions),, 01730 300100
Age Range: Boys & Girls aged 13 – 18
Fees Per Year: £24,315 – £30,930

Bedales School is a private independent day and boarding school for boys and girls aged 13 – 18. Founded in 1893, it is located in a 120 acre estate in the small East Hampshire village of Steep, about 1.5 miles north of Petersfield. The school teaches around 500 pupils and the site is also home to the Dunhurst School (8 – 13 year olds) and Dunannie School (3 – 8 year olds). Some famous alumni include actors Daniel Day Lewis and Minnie Driver, singer Lily Allen and TV property expert Kirstie Allsopp

The boarding accommodation consists of 3 boarding houses, one for boys, one for girls and one mixed gender house for the sixth formers. Boarders benefit from a 24 hour medical centre, which includes qualified nurses and lots of house staff to ensure the smooth running of the accommodation. There is also a catering staff who provide a high quality diet with a varied menu. As over 50% of pupils board, there is a strong sense of community within the boarding flats and there a a plethora of after-school and weekend activities to keep the boarders occupied. New boarders are also assigned a ‘dorm boss’, an older pupil who provides pastoral support to assist the settling in process.

Bedales School is blessed with exceptional facilities including a modern indoor swimming pool, floodlit astroturf, sports hall, multi-gym, two gymnasiums, hard netball/tennis courts and 17 acres of playing fields. The campus contains two Grade I listed buildings in the form of Lupton Hall, constructed in 1911 and the impressive Memorial Library which contains a vast range of archives. Also on campus is a comprehensive arts centre which includes the 340-seat Oliver Theatre, 400-seat Quad concert hall, an art gallery and a drama studio. All are used regularly and usually contain some sort of performance, production or exhibition.

Regarding admissions, Bedales School recommends that parents and children first pay a visit to the school and to then subsequently complete a registration form and pay the registration fee. The school is a selective school so pupils will be invited to sit the entrance examinations. These usually take place in the January, prior to the start of the academic year in September. The procedure usually involves candidates coming to stay at the school for two nights, where they will sit papers in English, Maths and Reasoning aptitude. Places are offered depending on the outcome of the exams. The school also offers a pre-assessment before taking the exam, whereby indications are given as to whether the child will be a strong, fair or weak candidate for entry. Bedales staff also make an annual trip to China and Hong Kong to meet the families of candidates. Further information is available from the school directly via the contact details above.

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