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Bethany School

Bethany School

Curtisden Green, Goudhurst, Cranbrook, TN17 1LB, Kent

01580 211273



Bethany School
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Senior & Sixth Form
Founded 1866
Headmaster Mr Francie Healy
Date Appointed 2010
Co-ed Age Range 11-18 years
Number of pupils 366
Number of boys 247
Number of girls 119
Number of boarders 69
Number of sixth formers 79
Day fees per annum £20,415 - £22,545 per annum
Weekly Boarding fees per annum £31,680 - £34,980 per annum
Boarding fees per annum £34,155 - £38,445 per annum
Average Class Size 15-17
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:8
Associations BSA, SofH, ISC

Set on a 60 acre rural campus in the beautiful Kent countryside, Bethany School is a flourishing co-educational day, full and weekly boarding school that provides a welcoming and caring environment for pupils between the ages of 11 and 18. The school was delighted to have achieved the highest accolades possible after their ISI inspection in April 2023, receiving 'excellent' in all areas.

Bethany enjoys an excellent 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 six lane 25 metre indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness suite, a sixth form centre with excellent facilities and an expansive outdoor high ropes course.


Situated in Kent, known as the 'Garden of England', Bethany has an idyllic location with easy accessibility. London is less than an hour by train, Gatwick Airport one hour by taxi and Heathrow an hour and a half. The Eurostar terminal at Ashford International is just 30 minutes away.

The very best academic education

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 a Science Centre with modern laboratories.

The entire campus is served by a wireless network and all pupils have their own laptop. Much of the curriculum is delivered through ICT and pupils gain important digital skills. Almost all of our sixth formers progress on to university courses, leaving Bethany with a mature, self-confident sense of purpose.

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.

Boarding life and overseas pupils

Our boarding community brings great diversity to Bethany. We are a small school and yet we have boarders coming from over 20 different countries, enriching our education with a variety of experiences and backgrounds.

We aim to inspire individual excellence in every pupil and this approach underlies everything we do at Bethany. 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, combined with our Body for Life programme, is designed to be a stepping stone to life at university, all within the supportive environment of the school.

Outside the classroom

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 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.

The Headmaster firmly believes that school should be enjoyed rather than endured and it is the positive and nurturing atmosphere and the level of focus given to each individual pupil, that helps makes Bethany 'refreshingly different'.