We help each child achieve their best by getting to know them, their interests and how they learn most effectively.

Extensive additional facilities develop pupils’ independent thinking, interpersonal skills, and confidence, giving them everything they need to succeed in our rapidly changing world. Three afternoons a week from 4.00pm, all pupils have the opportunity to take part in a unparalleled range of supervised activities both on and off-campus, while two afternoons are dedicated to PSHCE and sports.

Spirituality and community are also central to the Bethany ethos, encouraging development through reflection as part of a programme of regular services in Chapel and whole-school assemblies.


We have our own high ropes course; there is biking or country pursuits at Bedgebury Pinetum; chef’s school; bushcraft; symphony orchestra; archery; pottery; school production; horse riding at Hemsted Forest; street dance; life saving; golf; sailing at Bewl Water; cake decorating; softball; art; climbing; pilates; model making; High Flyers English or Maths… the list goes on and on.


Bethany’s enrichment programme perfectly supports the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, widely recognised as the best personal development programme for young people. We are one of the few schools in the region licensed to operate the award independently, with a 100% completion rate for the highest level of achievement, the Gold Award.


Founded in 1866 by the Reverend Joseph Kendon, a Baptist minister, Bethany’s spiritual inheritance helps define our moral values today.

Bethany welcomes children of all faiths or none, and together they attend Chapel twice weekly, to allow the valuable time for quiet reflection and personal space in our fast-paced world.


We offer extensive opportunities for travel to broaden our pupils’ understanding and horizons. Recent excursions have included a business trip to New York, geography field trip to Iceland, art trip to Rome; not to mention month-long ‘True Adventure’ expeditions to South Africa and the Himalayas. Skiing is an important bi-annual fixture, while overseas tours for many of our Sports teams and a new layer to competition.


Bethany is an extension of the home – a happy, caring, supportive environment in which the children’s well-being is paramount.

The sense of family is enhanced at Bethany by a successful house system. All pupils – day and boarding – belong to one of the five houses. The live-in House Staff and their teams get to know their pupils and are key to ensuring their happiness throughout their time at Bethany.


Friendly competition has always been an important feature of life at Bethany; the three competitive houses, Kiplings, Roberts and Speakers, have challenged one another throughout the School’s long history. Competitions range from sporting to musical, dramatic to academic, but always have fun at their core. Pupils are assigned a house when they join Bethany, and they’ll soon be cheering on their mascots and racking up points to be the next winners of the coveted ‘Jessel Shield’.