Bethany School

Bethany School

Day Weekly Boarding Full Boarding Flexi Boarding Kent

Set on a 60 acre rural campus in the beautiful Kent countryside, Bethany School is a flourishing co-educational day and boarding school that provides a welcoming and caring environment for pupils between the ages of 11 and 18. London is less than an hour by train, Europe on our doorstep thanks to terminals at Ashford and Ebbsfleet, and the rest of the world is within easy reach as Gatwick Airport is just one hour by taxi and Heathrow is an hour and a half.

Year Founded 1866
Religion Christian
Inspection Report
Charity Commission

Bethany School has a total of 336 pupils, with 106 pupils in the Sixth Form.

Day pupil fees are from £5265 to £5830, per term.

Boarding pupil fees are from £8140, per term.

149 Day Boys
(11- 18)
66 Day Girls
(11- 18)
72 Boarding Boys
(11- 18)
49 Boarding Girls
(11- 18)

About Bethany School

Bethany enjoys a reputation as a particularly friendly and happy community. It is a strong, thriving school with an enviable building programme, including recent and regular upgrading of boarding school facilities; a fantastic new six lane 25m indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness suite and a new Sixth Form centre providing unparalleled opportunities for studying and socialising.

As a mainstream school, Bethany prides itself on nurturing academic excellence while catering for pupils with a broad range of abilities. The School offers a wide variety of subjects in modern classrooms with specialist facilities, including our Science Centre with modern laboratories.

The entire campus is served by a wireless network and the new Year 7 and 8s are given an iPad to use in lessons. From Year 9, all pupils have their own laptop and much of the curriculum is delivered through ICT. Almost all of our Sixth Formers progress on to university courses, leaving Bethany with a mature self-confidence and clear direction.

CReSTeD registered since 1994, Bethany's Learning Support department enjoys an international reputation for its success in giving specialist help to dyslexic pupils within the mainstream curriculum. In addition, for those pupils who require it, we offer support for English as an Additional Language.

We offer boarding in full, weekly and flexi arrangements across five boarding houses, and our boarding community brings great diversity to Bethany. We are a small school and yet we have boarders coming from 22 different countries, enriching our education with a variety of experiences and backgrounds.

"Education for life in a changing world" underlies everything we do at Bethany and its success is evidenced by the excellent transition from School to University made by our pupils each year. Sixth Form boarders benefit from single bedrooms with en suite bathrooms, all with easy access to kitchens and laundry rooms. This experience is designed to be a stepping stone to life at university, all within the supportive environment of the School.

At Bethany, we believe that pursuits outside the classroom are very important in developing pupils' personalities. Everyone takes part in sport at least three times a week, and additionally chooses from a huge array of extra-curricular activities including horse riding, chef school, golf, fishing, clay pigeon shooting, archery, orchestra and country pursuits. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award is hugely popular and very successful at Bethany.

Throughout the School there are opportunities to perform in drama, music and dance. Our Art department is particularly strong and many pupils join us to take advantage of our 'mini art college'.

The Headmaster firmly believes that school should be enjoyed rather than endured and it is the atmosphere of positive nurturing and encouragement, focused on the potential of each individual, that helps makes Bethany 'refreshingly different'.




Fees vary depending on year group (Year 7, Year 8, Years 9-13) and Day, Flexi, Weekly or Full Boarding. Full details on our website.

Scholarships & Bursaries

Bethany offers a range of scholarships for entry into Year 7, Year 9 and the Sixth Form. The following scholarships are available at all three entry levels: Art, Dance, Design Technology, Drama, Music and Sport. The value of these awards ranges from 10% to 20% of the fees.

We also offer an Academic scholarship which reflects both performance and potential. This award has a maximum value of 40%.  

Bursarial support is available on a means-tested basis. 

Admissions Process

If you are considering Bethany as a school for your child then please contact the Registrar, Mrs Sally Martorell on 01580 211273 or as soon as possible and we will be pleased to consider your application.

Our main years of entry are Years 7, 9 and the Lower Sixth.  Entry into Years 8 and 10 is also possible, subject to availability of places. We do not admit pupils into Year 11 or Upper Sixth.



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