An update from the Professional Guidance department

By Vikki Alderson-Smart, HE Advisor

A team of interviewers arrived at school this week to take part in one-to-one talks with 6.1 students about their plans for after Bedales. The interviewing team sent a message afterwards to say: “We were totally bowled over by your students over the past couple of days. They were not only punctual and polite, but also most communicative, conveying a wide spectrum of ideas and delightful to engage.”

All of the 6.1’s will have a follow-up interview with me to discuss in more depth their research into their post-Bedales plans. I will be encouraging them to go and visit universities on open days, and all these dates can be found on the UCAS website. Taster days are another good way of trying out various courses; registration for the University of London taster programme is now open.

Students can also try MOOCS as a way of dipping their toes into subjects they may not have tried before; Futurelearn is a particularly good website for finding courses.

Students should also take advantage of the Old Bedalian careers list. I will encourage your sons and daughters to speak with Leana Seriau, Alumni Liaison Manager, to use this facility. She is able to put students in contact with Old Bedalians from many career areas so that they can gain a better insight into areas of work they may be considering. Please encourage them to see Leana or contact her by email: lseriau@bedales.org.uk

Support for leavers

We wish our departing 6.2s well as they leave Bedales to become Old Bedalians. They will be joining the vast alumni network, and as they move on to further studies and careers, they can continue to benefit from the Bedales Professional Guidance team. A great resource for them is the help which can be offered by OBs who are already established in their careers. Nearly 200 OBs, in a wide range of professional fields, have signed up to the initiative. Recent leavers can email Leana Seriau, Alumni Liaison Manager to enquire whether there are any offers in their field of interest. We keep in touch with OBs via monthly OB Bulletins and the yearly OB Newsletter, as well as several reunions to mark different life milestones, and via social media. The first OB event of the next school year will be an inaugural OB v 1st XI football match on 13 September (1.30pm). The OB team is being organised by Jack Deane (OB 2004-09). Supporters are welcome – refreshments will be served.

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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.