If you are considering boarding at Bethany, please download our new Boarding Booklet.


“Boarding? At first I was horrified at the suggestion. I wanted Victoria 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.” Bethany parent  

Home from home

Sometimes, the choice of whether to board or not is made due to practical, geographic reasons.  Many parents, however, choose to do so for the added value it gives to their child’s school experience. Our pupils say that boarding allows them to create strong and enduring friendships, and that this is one of the best things about being a boarder. The camaraderie, closeness and sense of community spirit they develop while living and studying together can last a lifetime.

Boarding houses

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. 

Why board?

Bethany has a thriving and diverse boarding community, with pupils from the UK as well as a number of other countries overseas. 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 community spirit is enhanced by the large number of staff who live on campus, providing pastoral care while living and socialising with pupils.


Our boarders have access to our fantastic facilities for far longer than day pupils do, and enjoy a broad range of activities and freedom around our beautiful grounds.  Our extensive and varied weekend activity programme really sets us apart from other schools – we certainly keep them busy!  


Of course we understand that living away from home can be a daunting experience, so support and care are in abundance and we encourage personalisation of each pupil’s space to create a ‘home from home’. Pupils do miss home from time to time, but boarding life is busy and cheerful and other boarders and staff soon help make them feel better. Close communication between staff, parents and pupils helps with any issues that may arise.


Within a nurturing and understanding environment, boarders learn how to cope with life and to be independent, and their confidence grows alongside their friends who are in the same situation.  In the Sixth Form, we run a gourmet cooking course designed to help pupils prepare for looking after themselves at university. “I will treasure my time at Bethany as it has allowed me to gain confidence and independence, especially through boarding in Pengelly. I have made many friends from a variety of different backgrounds and cultures that will last a lifetime.” Joe, former Bethany pupil