Completing the Pavilion roof

Last weekend saw members of the Bedales community, past and present, and relatives of the Banks family congregate to complete the final stages of roofing the Sam Banks Pavilion. OBs Gabriel Langlands and John Russell, who have been instrumental in designing and constructing the pavilion, shared the tasks of the exterior construction with friends and members of the school who will benefit in years to come. The highlight of the weekend was the ‘topping out’ ceremony, an ancient Scandinavian ritual to appease the spirits of the forest, which involves mounting an evergreen branch on the structure, in this case the roof gable, to symbolize growth and bring good luck to the building. The building is a culmination of fundraising efforts with significant contributions from the various efforts of parents, students and OBs. Read more. View photos.

Sam Banks Pavilion


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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