Bethany School inspires individual excellence

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Bethany School prides itself on providing excellent preparation for A level examinations and university entry. This personalised and individual approach has again been rewarded with many pupils securing places at their first choice universities.

The individual support and guidance given to each pupil has ensured a significant number of unconditional offers at prestigious universities. Whilst some in the national press have raised concerns about the increasing number of unconditional offers, at Bethany School we believe that this has been an excellent development. It firmly reinforces Bethany’s ethos of placing the child’s wellbeing first.

At Bethany School, our philosophy of learning is focussed on pupils developing lifelong learning habits, which lead to excellent individual outcomes. These are promoted through our innovative and extensive curriculum. We offer 26 A level courses – including the Extended Project Qualification – enabling pupils to choose the subjects they enjoy and allow their individual talents to flourish.

As A levels are primarily a destination qualification, we are delighted that:

  • Head of School, Master Craftsman and Young Furniture Maker of the Year, Sean Evelegh, will be undertaking further specialist study at Rycotewood Furniture Centre in Oxford.
  • Sharon Umahi will be going to University College London to study Pharmacy.
  • Will Cunningham is going to study Civil Engineering at the University of Surrey.
  • Ella Porteous will be going to the University of Kent to study English & American Literature and History.
  • Reuben Hill will be going to Lancaster to study Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology.
  • Lisa Huang is going to Queen Mary, University of London, to read Business Management.
  • Captain of our undefeated 1st XV Rugby team, Freddie Porritt, is going to Loughborough University to read International Relations.

Headmaster, Francie Healy, said: “I am absolutely delighted for each and every Bethany School pupil receiving their results today, whether they are going to their first choice universities or have chosen employment pathways. Behind the headline figures are many individual success stories, and it is these stories which sum up Bethany’s ethos: we get to know each pupil incredibly well. What matters most to us is that every individual pupil achieves their full potential, and to see so many pupils not just meeting their predictions but achieving excellence is fantastic. Thanks are also due to the inspirational teachers and supportive parents who have helped bring out the very best in our pupils.”

Here are some quotes from parents and pupils:

Pupil Reuben Hill said: “I have really appreciated all the support and encouragement I received at Bethany; I’m delighted that I have got into my first choice course and university: reading Physics with Particle Physics and Cosmology at Lancaster”.

Mrs Hill said of son Reuben: “We are absolutely over the moon that Reuben got into his first choice university. His older brother came to Bethany School as well so the School has been a huge part of our lives. We have really appreciated the way the School has supported Reuben and helped him grow and develop over the years.”

Pupil Izzy Altendorf said: “There are a million emotions going through my head right now but I am shocked – in a good way – about how well I did! I have been at Bethany School since Year 8 and made some really good friends here.”

Pupil Wessel Hamman said: “I’m delighted with my results, which were even better than I had hoped for. I really enjoyed being part of the Bethany Sixth Form I am particularly grateful to Mr Duff, Head of Business & Economics, for all his support.”

Mrs Khan said of son Oliver: “We were always told that Bethany School was like a family and what an amazing, supportive, fantastic school it has been for our son; the School has given him all the right building blocks for life and for a successful future. We are delighted with his A level results today.”

Pupil Will Cunningham said: “Support from staff has helped me secure a place on a really good Civil Engineering degree at Surrey. I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Bethany and am really grateful for all the support I received from teachers”.

Pupil Freddy Brewer said: “I am thrilled with my results and I am really looking forward to my Business Management degree. I would particularly like to thank Head of Sixth Form, Mr Hart-Dyke, and Director of Sport, Mr Payne, for their support.”

Mr and Mrs Evelegh said of son Sean:

“We chose Bethany because of the broad curriculum and the friendly, supportive ethos, and we have not once regretted our decision.

Sean flourished at Bethany. There are so many highlights: discovering a passion and talent for furniture making is clearly one of them, the drama productions (including him playing Fagin in Oliver! in the Junior School production a few years back and Ryan in this year’s High School Musical), his various attempts at Bethany’s Got Talent, taking part in The Apprentice Challenge, being made Head of House in the Mount, and then, in his final year, Head of School. It was a fantastic seven years.

Being appointed Head of School was a particular thrill and we have seen his confidence really grow over the year; not that he was ever shy and retiring! I think the leadership role and the extra responsibility that goes with it, have done wonders for him. Thank you for putting your faith in him.

Sean is currently getting ready for starting at Rycotewood Furniture Centre in a few weeks’ time, and is hugely excited about that, although I’m sure he’ll miss Bethany. Thank you again for everything the School has done for Sean – we are very grateful.”