Magnus Bashaarat

Bedales School

About Magnus Bashaarat

Keith was educated at Rossall School before attending University College, Oxford where he read English, followed by a PGCE. He also gained 3 Blues at Rugby whilst at Oxford. He began his career teaching English at Eastbourne College, moving on to Marlborough where, following a year’s teaching exchange in California, he became a housemaster. He became Headmaster of Loretto School in 1995, overseeing the introduction of co-education, and Bedales in 2001. At Bedales, he introduced the Bedales Assessed Courses – more stretching and imaginative alternatives to GCSEs which are as strongly endorsed by universities as they are by students and teachers. As Headmaster of Bedales Schools, Keith teaches as much as time allows, he loves teaching and really welcomes the insight that teaching gives him into what life is really like for students and teachers. Teaching is the lifeblood of any school. Apart from teaching... his job involves all sorts of things – happily, much talking with people, watching students and staff in action and doing all he can to extend the quality and range of opportunities open to students across the 2 – 18 range of the Bedales Schools. Keith is married with three offspring who are now all gainfully employed. He is Chair-Elect of HMC for 2017-18.

Posts by Magnus Bashaarat

STEAM – Why we need a new golden age

10 May 2017

In early May, The Huffington Post published an article by Jennifer Tuckett of Central St Martins in which she stressed the importance of an arts education. Creativity and ‘soft’ skills… Find out more


5 December 2016

When I was visiting schools in Manhattan in late October, the teacher showing me round commented on how nervous the children in her school were about the Presidential election campaign…. Find out more

Elitist Britain – cause for celebration?

9 September 2014

In late August the Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission published Elitist Britain, which reported on the dramatic over-representation in the top echelons of public life of those educated at… Find out more

Naming rights

21 May 2014

Catching up on the teachers’ nomenclature debate  (“Miss’ might be insulting, but calling teachers by their first names should never be allowed. End of”, Telegraph, 14/05/2014) I find myself surprised… Find out more

What lies ahead for Sixth Formers?

27 November 2013

As we embark on our annual open day for potential Sixth Formers and the first 6.1 (lower sixth) Review meeting when we assess individuals’ progress, I reflect on what lies… Find out more