Boarding at Bethany provides a ‘home from home’ experience in the rural Kent countryside.
Sometimes, parents’ choice of whether to board their children or not is made for them due to practical, geographic reasons. However, many others choose to do so for the added value it gives their child’s School experience.
Our pupils say that boarding allows them to create strong and enduring friendships, and that is one of the best things about being a boarder. The camaraderie, closeness and sense of community spirit they develop whilst living and studying together can last a lifetime. The community spirit is further enhanced by the large number of staff who live on campus, providing pastoral care while living and socialising with pupils.
What are the different options available for boarding?
Pupils stay at Bethany full-time, except for School holidays and home weekends when they return to their parents or guardians.
Pupils stay at Bethany from Monday to Friday and return home at weekends. For those who live a little too far away to complete the daily journey in comfort, weekly boarding can provide quality of life, reducing stress during the working week and maximising family time.
Flexi boarding – not currently available due to Covid-19
Pupils can board regularly on set nights of the week for one to four nights.
If you are considering boarding at Bethany, please download our Boarding Booklet using the form below.
“Boarding? At first I was horrified at the suggestion. I wanted my daughter to be at home with me. But then I thought about it. She could be at home at the weekends, prep would be done at school, no rushing about to activities on weekday evenings – the School would take care of all that – it made sense.”
Our boarding houses
For girls from Years 7 to 11
Old Poplars is a delightful building – one of three traditional, Kentish white weather-board houses which are part of our unique campus. It is a real home from home for the girls, and they benefit hugely from the support given by our dedicated House Staff.
Housemistress Jules Wareham lives in Old Poplars with her husband Harvey and children, Alex and Matthew. She is also Director of Enrichment and a teacher.
Jules says: “Old Poplars is a comfortable, spacious house for the girls to relax in, and we enjoy having hot chocolate and movie nights or ordering takeaways. It is a haven from the outside world; a place where girls can be girls, enjoying life to the full and finally emerging as young ladies.”
For Years 7 to 12
What is now known as Kendon House was the original Bethany House School, completed in 1866 and named after the School’s founder, J J Kendon. It has a rich history and still retains some of its original features although it has been developed extensively over the years and, following further recent refurbishments, is modern and well-equipped.
The House has a special atmosphere in which the boys are able to develop the important skills of acceptance, solidarity and teamwork, alongside their academic development; it is no coincidence that Kendon boys are some of the most friendly, polite and helpful that you will find!
James Vickerman is the Housemaster of Kendon and lives there with his wife Dr Louise Vickerman and children Charles and Elizabeth. James’ aim is to provide a safe and secure environment to support all pupils, allowing them to learn through good guidance and from their own experiences as they grow up during their time in Kendon.