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Central to a Dunhurst education is the setting – as stimulating as it is picturesque. Sitting within a 120 acre estate, we are surrounded by the beautiful landscape of the rolling South Downs, which we take every opportunity to explore.

Our curriculum is broad, and our commitment to encouraging creativity unswerving – a consequence, in part, of the close relationships we foster between our pupils and the adults who care for and teach them. I firmly believe that young people should be encouraged to aim as high as they can whilst also enjoying their childhood, and benefitting from as many opportunities and experiences as possible. I actively encourage muddy knees! 

Whilst Dunhurst is about helping the individual to blossom, this is not pursued at any cost. It is about being yourself, but also about community and mutual respect. Remembering the important things in life – manners, kindness, and the wherewithal to get along with others – is also high on my list. Developing and maintaining strong relationships with our parents is key to this. I am proud to be headmaster of Bedales Prep, Dunhurst, and to share with you the delights of a forward thinking and ambitious school. We would love to show you around, so that you can see for yourself what a unique place Dunhurst really is. 

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01 Feb 2023

A Portrait of Petersfield

Portraits of Petersfield locals painted by pupils at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst have gone on display at Petersfield Railway Station.

01 Feb 2023

A Portrait of Petersfield

Portraits of Petersfield’s shopkeepers, traders and workers painted by pupils at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst went on display last week at Campachoochoo coffee shop at Petersfield Railway Station.

To celebrate the exhibition - which was organised by South Western Rail Art Coordinator Lucy Lomax and local art teacher Helen Sill - some pupils presented their portraits to their sitters, and Petersfield Shine Radio were on hand to interview the pupils about their work.

The portraits – which include Anthony from Campachoochoo, Emily from One Tree Books and Huong from VIP Nails – are the culmination of Block 1 (Year 7) pupils’ portrait project.

Pupils first practised their portrait skills by drawing themselves from observation, thinking about the proportions of the human face, and considering light and shade to give a sense of form, before painting the portraits after visiting Petersfield to photograph their sitters. As well as taking a photo to help them produce a likeness, they also interviewed their sitters so they could convey something of their personality in their work.

Dunhurst’s Head of Art and Design Susan McFarlane commented: “I think it’s important for us to support our wonderful community in Petersfield, and especially our independent shops. Growing up I loved books like Busy Town and What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scary, where all the characters had a purposeful life, going about their daily business. It’s a bit nostalgic, but I love the idea of pupils getting to know everyone in their community and what they do – and what better way to do that than visit the town and paint the people?”

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01 Feb 2023

Bedales Prep host IAPS Small School Football Championships

Bedales Prep, Dunhurst welcomed pupils from six other schools for the IAPS Boys' Small School Football Championships on 18 January.

01 Feb 2023

Bedales Prep host IAPS Small School Football Championships

Footballers from six schools took to the pitches at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst on 18 January for the Independent Association of Prep Schools (IAPS) Boys’ Small School Football Championships.

Pupils from The Royal, The Manor Prep, Sandroyd, Notting Hill Prep, Warminster and Marlborough House competed in the tournament, which is organised annually by IAPS. Unfortunately, icy weather forced another school to withdraw from the U13 competition at the last minute, but eager Dunhurst pupils in Blocks 1 and 2 (Years 7 and 8) stepped in to form an extra team.

With pitches thawing enough to allow the tournament to go ahead, Dunhurst’s U11 and U13 footballers were looking forward to an afternoon of football. The tournament saw some fine performances from Dunhurst pupils, including a 2-1 win against The Manor and a very narrow, last-minute 1-0 defeat against Sandroyd, who would go on to win the tournament.

Just as taking part in weekly fixtures is beneficial for pupils, hosting the tournament was a valuable experience for Dunhurst, as pupils experienced being part of a team, developed resilience, challenged themselves and worked towards achieving their goals.

Will Bray, Head of PE and Sport at Dunhurst, said: “Despite the cold weather, we enjoyed a fantastic afternoon of football for the IAPS Small Schools Football Championships. Thank you to all the schools who joined us and well done to all the Dunhurst pupils who took part. Although Dunhurst came up against some very strong teams, they competed well and should be proud of their performance.”

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19 Dec 2022

Coming together to support good causes

Charity-minded pupils, staff and parents at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst and Pre-prep, Dunannie have raised nearly £7,000 for good causes this term.

19 Dec 2022

Coming together to support good causes

Charity-minded pupils, staff and parents at Bedales Prep, Dunhurst and Pre-prep, Dunannie have raised nearly £7,000 for good causes this term.

The money, which will be split between several charities, has been raised through a series of events and initiatives, including the annual Helping Other People in Trouble (HOPiT) Fair at Dunhurst on 9 December. Pupils are involved in every stage of the fundraising process, from choosing charities and giving informed pitches to the rest of the school in a bid for support, to making wares to sell and running stalls at the HOPiT Fair itself. This year’s event raised £4,500 for local, national and international charities, including Sight for Wight, Cancer Research UK, Great Ormond Street Hospital and the Malala Fund.

Other fundraising efforts at Dunhurst this term include a danceathon in the style of Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s Kitchen Disco Danceathon, which raised £400 for BBC Children in Need; a cake sale, which raised £200 for Macmillan; and Movember, which saw Dunhurst staff grow a moustache and ‘move for Movember’, walking, running, cycling and swimming 671km in total to raise £1,295 to support awareness of men’s health issues, including mental health and suicide awareness. The movement challenge was also extended to Block 1 and 2 (Year 7 and 8) pupils, who collectively walked 106.km during ‘Walk and Talk’ sessions designed to emphasise the importance of talking and supporting friends.

At Dunannie, children have also been involved in fundraising initiatives, including a ‘spot-tacular’ non-uniform day, which raised £304 for BBC Children in Need and a Red Panda Day, which kick-started a year-long programme of support for the Red Panda Network as part of the school’s annual commitment to help protect an endangered species. Parents (Friends of Dunannie) also raised £297 for Winchester-based hospices Jacksplace and Naomi House by hosting a Halloween cake sale and winter clothes sale.

Pupils at both schools have also collected non-financial donations, including essential supplies for Petersfield Food Bank for Harvest Festival, and decorating and filling Christmas boxes for the Food Bank and Trosnant School, Havant. At Dunhurst, Block 1 (Year 7) pupil Polina also designed this year’s Christmas card for Peterfield Area Churches Together (PACT).

Head of Dunhurst Colin Baty said: “The community at Dunhurst has once again been fantastic in supporting charities this year. We are keen to raise awareness among Dunhurstians about people less fortunate, and ensure they understand that giving doesn’t only have to be about money, but your time and kindness too.”

Head of Dunannie Fiona Read commented: “Children, parents and staff have worked together to raise money for worthwhile charities. The children are learning an important lesson in the joy of giving and helping others, and we are delighted we have been able to support some great local charities.”

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