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Encyclopedia > John Haden Badley
John Haden Badley, at the age of 56, from the painting by Fred Yates
John Haden Badley, at the age of 56, from the painting by Fred Yates

John Haden Badley (February 21, 1865March 6, 1967), author, educator, and founder of Bedales School, which claims to have become the first coeducational public boarding school in England in 1893. Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (353x621, 42 KB)[edit] Summary John Haden Badley at the age of 56 from the painting by Fred Yates. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (353x621, 42 KB)[edit] Summary John Haden Badley at the age of 56 from the painting by Fred Yates. ... February 21 is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1865 (MDCCCLXV) is a common year starting on Sunday. ... March 6 is the 65th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (66th in Leap years). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Bedales School is a public school with a progressive ethos located in the village of Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire, England. ... Coeducation is the integrated education of men and women at the same school facilities; co-ed is a shortened adjectival form of co-educational. ... Motto: (French for God and my right) Anthem: Multiple unofficial anthems Capital London Largest city London Official language(s) English (de facto) Government Constitutional monarchy  - Queen Queen Elizabeth II  - Prime Minister Tony Blair MP Unification    - by Athelstan AD 927  Area    - Total 130,395 km² (1st in UK)   50,346 sq...

Born in Dudley, Worcestershire, West Midlands, England, son of Dr. James Payton Badley and Laura Elizabeth Best his wife. He was the grandson of John Badley, one of the original 300 fellows of the Royal College of Surgeons. Early in life he saw the poverty and squalor of many working class in the Midlands. When fifteen he entered the Upper School at Rugby. Map sources for Dudley at grid reference SO9390 Dudley is a town in the West Midlands, England. ... Worcestershire (pronounced ; abbreviated Worcs) is a county located in the West Midlands region of central England. ... The West Midlands is a geographical term describing the western half of central England, known as the Midlands. ... John Badley, F.R.C.S. (July 23, 1783 - April 16, 1870) student of John Abernethy at St. ... The Royal College of Surgeons of England is an independent professional body committed to promoting and advancing the highest standards of surgical care for patients. ... In general, the midlands of a territory are its central regions. ... A view of Rugby School from The Close, the playing field where according to legend Rugby was invented Rugby School, located in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire, is one of the oldest public schools in the United Kingdom and is perhaps one of the top co-educational boarding schools in...

These early experiences were very influential in shaping his ideas of what education should not be. While a student at Cambridge he gained the appreciation of a standard of music and theater and he described King's Chapel as providing "a standard of loveliness of trained voices in that architectural setting of something near perfection." Here too his friendship with Edmund Garrett encouraged him to join the small minority of men who supported the women's movement for socio-political equality. In 1892 he married Garrett's sister Amy who would be a strong partner until her death in 1956. A school, he felt, should be organized like a family, with willing cooperation for common ends as the main motive rather than on the basis of mere competition. He felt that the training for social usefulness held equal importance with the fullest possible development of the individual. The University of Cambridge (often called Cambridge University, or just Cambridge), located in Cambridge, England, is the second-oldest university in the English-speaking world. ... Full name The Kings College of Our Lady and St Nicholas in Cambridge Motto Veritas Et Utilitas Truth and usefulness Named after Henry VI Previous names - Established 1441 Sister College(s) New College Provost Prof. ...

He claimed, in his own modesty, to owe much to Montessori, Pestalozzi, Fröbel and Dewey. Helen Parkhurst of the Dalton Plan would draw on his experience years later in New York City. He founded Bedales in January of 1893 in an old Elizabethan manor at Haywards Heath, then in 1898 he took further risk of engaging in a 'preposterous experiment' which led to Bedales becoming a fully coeducational boarding school. In May of 1899 this pioneering headmaster started building a new complex which still serves the school today at Steep, Petersfield, Hampshire. Maria Montessori (August 31, 1870 – May 6, 1952) was an Italian educator, scientist, physician, philosopher, feminist, and humanitarian. ... Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (January 12, 1746 – February 17, 1827) was a Swiss pedagogue and educational reformer. ... Friedrich Wilhelm August Fröbel (1782 – 1852) was a German educationalist. ... John Dewey (October 20, 1859 – June 1, 1952) was an American philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer, whose thought has been greatly influential in the United States and around the world. ... Helen Parkhurst (January 3, 1887 - 1973) was a U.S. educator and the originator of the Dalton Plan. ... The Dalton Plan is an educational concept created by Helen Parkhurst. ... Nickname: Big Apple Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs Bronx (The Bronx) New York (Manhattan) Queens (Queens) Kings (Brooklyn) Richmond (Staten Island) Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City 1,214. ...

He created a marvelous example of the evolving school. His educational outline, which he knew would fill out and develop as the years passed, became a framework to which he would continue to contribute and set outer limits, but then allowed the school to evolve. While he would be called "Chief" for the rest of his life by students and staff alike, he did not dominate as most great headmasters have. At the age of seventy he retired to Cholesbury, near Tring, after being headmaster of his school for forty-two years.

He wrote a number of books in his lifetime which include After the War (1917), Bedales: A Pioneer School (1923), Form and Spirit (1951), and his autobiography, Memories and Reflections, published in 1955, written ten years earlier and given to a friend and colleague for posthumous publication. After the friend died he consented to have it released. Yet it was his last work that can be looked at as his magnum opus: A Bible for Modern Readers (the New Testament) in 1961 and The Bible As Seen Today (the Old Testament) in 1965 together comprise over 1000 pages.

After his wife's death he returned to live his last years in the School grounds where he died.

A favorite quotation was "Labor, Art, Worship, Love, these make men's lives."


  • Bedales School: Outline of Its Aims and System: An Essay in Education (1912), Cambridge University Press
  • Co-education in Practice (1914), Cambridge: Heffer
  • Education after the War (1917), Oxford: Blackwell
  • School Talks in Peace and War (1920), Oxford: Blackwell
  • Co-education and Its Part in a Complete Education (1920), Cambridge: Heffer
  • Bedales: A Pioneer School (1923), London: Methuen
  • The Will to Live: An Outline of Evolutionary Psychology (1931), London: Allen & Unwin
  • The Will to Fuller Life (1933), London: Allen & Unwin
  • "These Make Men's Lives" (1935), Oxford: Blackwell
  • A Schoolmaster's Testament: Forty Years of Educational Experience (1937), Oxford: Blackwell
  • Form and Spirit: A Study in Religion (1951), London: Routledge & Kegan Paul
  • Memories and Reflections (1955), London: Allen & Unwin
  • The Bible as Seen To-day (1965), Reading: Berkshire: Printing Co. (three-volume edition of titles below)
    • A Bible for Modern Readers (and What It Means for Us): The New Testament (1961), London: James Clarke
    • The Bible as Seen To-day: The Old Testament (1965), Reading: Berkshire Printing Co. (2 vols.)

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This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain. Find A Grave is a website founded in 1995 by Jim Tipton. ... Encyclopædia Britannica, the 11th edition The Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition (1910–1911) is perhaps the most famous edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...



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