Trump and Brexit makes for lively discussion with US students


By Jonathan Selby, Head of Government & Politics

On Thursday, 23 February, Global Awareness, Politics and Economics students enjoyed a live discussion with Lake Forest Academy in Illinois.

This was the brainchild of Head of Global Awareness, Annabel Smith and marks a ‘first’ for Bedales. It was fascinating discussing Trump and Brexit while live with the American Politics students and gave interesting insights into Trump and American Politics; for instance the students did not seem worried by the fact that Trump got three million fewer votes than Clinton, explaining that this ensured that low density population rural states were not eclipsed by high density liberal cities.

The American students were interested in how we viewed Brexit. We had our Brexit-favouring expert George McMenemy to offer a considered reflection, ably assisted in the discussion by Kirstine Gernaa-Knudsen and Tom Reynolds. Lake Forest were interested in the link between Brexit and Nationalism and the whole question of immigration where we found links with America and much to discuss.

This was a distinctly different and refreshing lesson and we hope to repeat the exercise form time to time. Thanks to Lewis and Bedales ICT for setting up the technology and especially to Annabel for pursuing her contact at Lake Forest to such a fruitful end.


Head of Economics training for London Marathon

Bedales Head of Economics, Ruth Tarrant, is currently in training for this year’s London Marathon. Having started running again last April after a long break, her training has not been straightforward as she has had to overcome a foot injury after an accident in her teens.

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However, so far in race-training, she has completed the Marwell 10k, the New Forest 10 mile, the Great South Run, and Gosport half marathon, and is now onto 3+ hour runs at the weekend. Ruth is running for a charity that is close to her heart, Bliss – who support families with premature babies as she has got many friends who have benefited from their care, assistance and support.

She is aiming to raise over £2000, and is nearly at the £1000 mark, and would really appreciate any donations, big or small, which can be made safely online at


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.