Old Bedalians talk on life beyond Bedales


On Friday evening this year’s 6.2 students were given a glimpse of themselves in ten years’ time when a group of Old Bedalians who left the school in 2004 came back to share their experiences and to talk about their careers. This annual event always produces a wide variety of OBs and occupations and we had examples from the world of journalism, advertising, film, computing, politics and design. All spoke warmly of the help and encouragement they had received at school and the strong social and professional networks that existed among Old Bedalians. They did much to reassure the 6.2s that it was quite normal to experiment and change direction in order to find the right career path and that self- belief was the most important guarantee of success.  They came across as a lively, entertaining and wise group of alumni, and they were able to pass on some valuable insights and advice to the 6.2s who are following in their footsteps. Many thanks to the OBs for their time: Jeremy Walker; Mrinal Sinh-Smith; Lucy Luscombe; Bella Mates; Francesca Pheasant; Luisa Parker; Nico Ball.

OB Mrinal Sinh-Smith (from The Guardian) with his sister Radheka Kumari, current 6.2 student.


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.