About Bethany

Bethany School

Founded by the Reverend Joseph Kendon in 1866, Bethany is a co-educational day and boarding school set on a rural campus in the heart of the stunning Kent countryside. Occupying some 60 acres of the Weald, we have a truly enviable site.

Bethany School is a genuine extension of the home, providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment and the pupils and staff come to know each other well throughout their time together. Good principles, such as tolerance and respect for one another, and a true feeling of belonging and self-worth are of the utmost importance, and Bethany School seeks to develop these within each and every pupil from the moment they arrive.

All pupils, both boarding and day, belong to one of six houses. Each house is run by a Housemaster or Housemistress, all of whom live in with their families, and each is supported by an assistant and the house tutors. The resident Nursing Sister provides 24-hour medical cover through our Medical Centre. Bethany School boarding pupils benefit from modern, state-of-the-art facilities and every care is taken to ensure that their time spent at the school is both comfortable and enjoyable.

Bethany School also has modern dining facilities where pupils eat together daily, providing a wide range of traditional and international cuisines to cater for all tastes. They offer full, weekly and flexi boarding, and the full boarders have a wide range of activities to choose from each weekend. From French markets to London shows, the boarders are entertained and engaged.

Boarding at Bethany School

Bethany has a thriving and diverse boarding community, with pupils from the UK as well as a number of other countries overseas. Bethany pupils say that boarding allows them to create strong and enduring friendships, and that is one of the best things about being a boarder.

There are five boarding houses at Bethany: Old Poplars for girls from Year 7 to Year 11, The Mount for boys from Year 7 to 12, Kendon for boys from Year 7 to Year 11, Pengelly for Year 7 to Year 12 and The Orchard for boys and girls in the Sixth Form.


Type of School Co-educational
School Address Bethany School, Goudhurst, Kent, TN17 1LB
Number of Pupils 351
Number of Boarders 69
International Boarders 39
Age Range 11-18.
Religious Tradition Christian based
Distance from Airports

Gatwick – 45 miles; Heathrow – 66 miles

Distance from London

50 miles

Educational Programmes

GCSE, A Level