Alumni describe strong Bedales influence

OB Kirstie Allsopp writes about the teachers at Bedales that stood her in good stead in later life; OB Eric Lawrie describes Bedales as being a “pivotal part of my experience of life”; OB Sirio Quintavalle says of Bedales “I only now realise how rare it is to have such a range of excellent teachers”; and OB Edward Impey admires Ruth Whiting (then Head of History) but admits that she “scared the pants off me – still does”. Kirstie’s memories were recorded in an article in Independent School Parent magazine, and the Bedales Alumni Profiles webpage features case studies of Bedalian talent across a broad range of professions and industry sectors.

Kirstie Allsopp


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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