Bethany enjoys a reputation as a particularly friendly and happy community. It is a strong, thriving school and recent years have seen an enviable building programme. The Head firmly believes that school should be enjoyed rather than endured and it is the atmosphere of positive nurturing and encouragement which makes Bethany 'refreshingly different'.
Located in Kent's 'Garden of England', Bethany combines an idyllic rural location with easy accessibility. London is less than an hour by train, Gatwick Airport one hour by taxi (Heathrow an hour and a half) and the Eurostar terminals at Ashford and Ebbsfleet 45 minutes.
Boarding life and overseas students
Every student becomes part of their own boarding house family which is home to around 25 boarders. There is a full and varied programme of weekend activities and visits for all boarders. In the upper sixth, students board in the purpose-built sixth-form centre and have individual study-bedrooms with en-suite facilities. The community at Bethany is also enriched by the presence of 30-40 students from around the world; many have high levels of English, but, for those who require it, a specialist EAL teacher gives intensive language support and tuition.
The curriculum and information technology
Bethany offers a broad range of subjects taught in modern classrooms with specialist facilities, the latest addition to which is Science Centre. Our small classes ensure that students receive plenty of support and guidance. The entire campus is served by a wireless network, and from Year 8 all students are encouraged to have their own laptop and much of the curriculum is delivered through ICT. Over 94% of our sixth-form leavers progress on to university courses, leaving Bethany with a mature self-confidence and clear direction. Our learning support department enjoys an international reputation for its success in giving specialist help to dyslexic students within our mainstream school.
Beyond the curriculum
We believe that activities outside the classroom are very important in developing students' personalities. Everyone takes part in sport at least three times a week, as well as in activities sessions three afternoons a week. There is a choice of around 25 activities each day including horse riding, chef school, archery, symphony orchestra, Bee Keeping & country pursuits, to name just a few. The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme 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 students join us to take advantage of our 'mini art college', choosing to study art, textiles and photography at A-level.
There seems to be a unique, caring and supportive environment where pupils learn to believe in themselves and to respect and support others, bringing out the best in each individual. A Bethany parent.