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New Pre-Sessional and University Foundation Programmes available for International Students

We are delighted to make available new Pre-Sessional and University Foundation Programmes for International Students, as part of our extensive range of EAL offerings – full details here

1.    Pre-Sessional Programme
Minimum one term, for students who need to improve their English or academic ability before beginning their main course of study.

2.    University Foundation Programme
One year programme for students looking for a fast-track route to a wide range of British University Degree courses, who have completed their secondary education but have not yet met the entry requirements for their chosen course or university.

Stamp of approval: A tribute to Arthur Dyball from the South Shropshire Philatelic Society

A brief tribute from the South Shropshire Philatelic Society:
A Monday afternoon in Little Stretton Village Hall.  An imposing row of display stands facing a row of stamp-collectors a.k.a. philatelists. The chairman, Arthur Dyball, greets them, and, with a slightly wicked smile, introduces the proceedings. ‘The task I set you was the Letter Q !  How many have brought something to show us?’  Most members sheepishly raise their hands, and one by one over the next hour come forward to display their efforts – one display board , nine sheets of stamps – Queens, Quebec, Qatar, Quaint & Quirky, etc.,etc. Finally, Arthur himself comes on, and whether it’s Queensland, Quito or Quatt, his display will be of high quality.  However abstruse the subject, he seems able always to come up with fine material, immaculately presented.
Philately is an elusive subject, embracing postal history, basic country-by-country stamp collecting, thematics ( birds, aircraft, trains, flowers, etc), and specialisms, some academic and arcane, from water-marks to perforations, printings, forgeries, etc.  Arthur, although he had his own special interests, such as issues from early German States, seemed to be thoroughly conversant with virtually every aspect of the hobby.  Speakers could expect from him comments or additional information on their displays, always offered in a gentle, kindly, good-humoured way.  His geographical, political, and historical knowledge was prodigious.
Arthur was best-known as a distinguished and highly respected member of staff at Bedstone College, contributing generously over many years to many aspects of the life of that community. After retirement he continued to enjoy offering his services,
Less apparent perhaps was his status in Shropshire and the West Midlands as a philatelist. He frequently exhibited at local societies, as well as running the South Shropshire group where he was in effect Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer!
One difficulty in paying due tribute to Arthur arises from his own personality.  He was a very private, self-contained man, who did not like fuss, and rarely opened up in general conversation, sometimes seeming quite abrupt.  Yet he was in fact a most kindly and generous man – with all the qualities of an English gentleman. I, and I guess many other Society members were grateful for the encouragement he gave to our rather amateurish displays!
The Philatelic world has lost a vigorous champion, and a man of outstanding knowledge and expertise, and, above all, enthusiasm.

Funeral Arrangements for Arthur Charles Dyball – 28.01.2021

The funeral of Arthur Charles Dyball will be held on 28th January at Emstrey Crematorium, Shrewsbury at 2pm.
This is a strictly private funeral by invitation only due to Covid restrictions.
However, for those who are unable to attend there will be a webcast to view (limited to 150 logins on the day, with a recording available for 28 days).
Webcast details provided by Obitus as per below:

Service Date: 28-Jan-21 at 2:00
Service Chapel: Emstrey Crematorium
Website for Service:
Username for website login: Lana8627
Password for website login: 493120

You can login to the Obitus website at any time to view a test connection, but you’ll only be able to view the Live Webcast approx. 5 mins before the service start time. Please be aware this is a public building and the timing of the Live webcast is semi-automated to allow for services running early or late – please use your discretion if you can see activities not applicable to the service you are logging-in to watch.
Once the service has finished, it will take us up to 3 working days to get the recording onto the website, which will then be available for 28 days.

Please note – It is very much hoped that a Memorial Service will be arranged at a later date.

As Arthur did not have any relatives, sympathy cards should be addressed to:
The Bedstone Family c/o Bedstone College, Bedstone, Bucknell, Shropshire. SY7 0BG
*It would be helpful if your surname could be included on the card so that the college can log all of those expressing their sympathies.

There will be no flowers, but donations in memory of Arthur will be most gratefully received for Diabetes UK and can be made via
or one can donate in different ways to the same organisation by accessing

National lockdown from Tuesday 5th January 2021

Following the Prime Minister’s broadcast this evening, Bedstone College will be closed to all but vulnerable children and those of critical workers for the time being.  Our teaching staff will continue with the online teaching that was so successful during the last major lockdown.  Further updates will be sent by email/Google Classroom and posted on the website/social media over the next few days.


Please find below the arrangements for the start of term

5th January start in school

Junior School

Senior School – vulnerable and keyworker children only

5th January start date for ONLINE learning

All Senior School

11th January start in school

Years 11 and 13 (mock exams week)

18th January start in school

School open for all as normal

New: Bedstone Bulletin – Winter 2020

The latest edition of the Bedstone Bulletin, featuring a selection of last term’s stories and images, combining new content with some favourites from our social media feeds.

Wishing you and your families a very Happy Christmas and Healthy 2021!

Bedstone Bulletin – Winter 2020 – Final

Arthur Dyball 1935-2020

We understand Mr Dyball’s funeral will not be until mid-January at the very earliest with very limited numbers allowed to attend due to Covid restrictions. Further information will be published in the new year.