Hands-on on Putney School exchange

cow shed

Over half term, twelve Bedalians in Block 4 travelled to the Putney School in Vermont. We soon realised that the school has an ethos that was similar or maybe even more hands-on and progressive than our own. This included the broad Outdoor Work programme in which all students took part. This most notably consisted of us getting up early in the morning and working in the cow barn before breakfast, as well as helping to clear the tables and washing up after each meal. While we were there we took part in lessons, which had smaller class sizes which meant that they were more intensive and gave us more contact time with the teachers. Classes finished at half past two and the majority of each afternoon was spent doing activities, which included Jazz, Ballet, and survival skills. The experience was undoubtedly beneficial to us as we begin to relay the ideas we have and clarify what it means for each of us to be Bedalian.

By Will Morrison, Michael Rice and Richie Sweet, Block 4

straw cow shed Rachel feeding calf

shed Oli feeding calf

feeding calves mucking out 2

Sunny Putney, Vermont


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.

Block 4s win £3,000 for Chestnut Tree House

This year Block 4 took part in the Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI). In this competition, Block 4 split into groups and chose different grass root charities from the local area. The groups then had to meet the charities and make a presentation to their individual classes. From these presentations, teachers chose six groups, on their presentations and efforts only, to take part in the YPI final to win £3,000 for their respective charities. All the presentations had a lot of effort put into them, but in the end, the charity that won was Chestnut Tree House with the group Amy Lock, Becky Grubb, Archie Graves and Josie Parker. Even though there was only one winner, all the groups did very well and even those who didn’t make it to the final formed strong bonds with the charities they looked at.

By Tilly Driscoll-Smith, Block 4

Block 4s win £3,000 for Chestnut Tree House

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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.

Sussex Snowdrop Trust collects funds from Block 4s

Block 4 students Molly Elliott and Natasha Blackley were pleased to present Diana Levantine, Chairman and Co-Founder of the Sussex Snowdrop Trust with a cheque for £750 when she visited Bedales this week. The money was raised by the students’ own fundraising initiatives including the fashion show held in the Memorial Library. The Sussex Snowdrop Trust was one of four charities in the Block 4/5 student fundraising project, which was inspired by the students’ previous involvement in the Youth & Philanthropy Initiative. Diana said, “This is a very special donation as it represents the compassion shown by young people towards the children we aim to help. It was lovely to see Bedales and meet the students and I thank them so much for their support.”

Sussex Snowdrop Trust collects funds from Block 4s

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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.