Badley celebrations and Sam Banks Pavilion opening

At the end of September the school community participated in activities to celebrate our founder’s ethos, working on projects across the estate in support of the school motto, ‘Work of Each for Weal of All’. The overall theme was the appreciation of nature, with activities ranging from foraging and bush-craft to falconry and poetry inspired by the outdoors. Other activities included tapestry weaving, lantern making and mural painting. The Whole School Effort transformed the area behind Steephurst, through the planting of an orchard of cherry trees. To mark the official opening of the Sam Banks Pavilion, Louise Banks and Keith Budge mounted an engraved school cricket bat on the wall of the pavilion whilst Graham Banks declared the building officially open. Read more. View photos of Badley Celebration Weekend. View photos of the opening of the Sam Banks Pavilion.

Badley Celebration Weekend 2013


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.


Wild flowers in the Orchard

Last weekend a group of students, staff and governors planted over 2,000 wild flower plants in the Orchard including mallows, oxeye daisies, marjoram, scabious and cranesbills, which, with a fair wind, will appear in the long grass in the middle of the school ensuring a succession of flowers throughout the year, from the bulbs in the spring through to the wild flowers in the summer, providing food for the honey bees.

Bedales School

Wild thyme was also planted on the paths so that as people walk over it the scent will be released, and some new apple trees have been planted. Meanwhile in response to student requests the rest of the Orchard will be cut shorter for human use in the summer.


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.