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?

Full boarding

Pupils stay at Bethany full-time, except for School holidays and home weekends when they return to their parents or guardians.

Weekly boarding

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.” 

Bethany Parent

Our boarding houses

Old Poplars

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.”

The Mount

For boys from Years 7 to 12

The Mount is a boys’ boarding house situated on the outskirts of the School. The Mount houses boys from Years 7 to 12, who like to refer to themselves as Mounties.

It has recently been upgraded and everyone is delighted with the results: the previous separate common room and kitchen have been given a complete makeover, and the boys now have a modern, fresh, open-plan common room with a brand new kitchen and their own fitness room.

The Mount is run by Anthony and Emma Khan, who have been House parents for over 15 years and live in a conjoined house together with their three children: Oliver, Joshua and Elizabeth. Anthony is a teacher of Business Studies and also runs our Student Enterprise programme.


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.

The Orchard

For Years 12 and 13

The Orchard has a large, bright common room at its heart, where Sixth Formers can meet and chat during break times. The modern kitchen adjacent provides facilities to make drinks, and cooking is a favoured pastime.

The House also boasts a TV snug, a laundry available to everyone, and a fitness room which is popular with girls and boys alike. The aim of the House is to support pupils with their studies, while encouraging them to take responsibility for their learning in preparation for University.

All boarders are allocated their own rooms, each with en-suite facilities. Housemaster Simon Davies lives in The Orchard with his wife Nicola and children Niamh and Toby.

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