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.
About the 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'.