Bethany School (Goudhurst, Kent)
|Headmaster||Francie Healy, BSc, HDipEd, NPQH|
|Deputy Headmaster||Paul Kilbride|
|Staff||55 Teaching 27 Support|
|Colours||White and Blue|
|Founder||Reverend Joseph James Kendon|
|School Years||Year 7 (Secondary) - Sixth Form|
Bethany School is an independent boarding and day school for boys and girls aged 11–18, in Goudhurst, Kent in the United Kingdom. Since its still places great emphasis on its Anglican character. The School is located in a beautiful 60 acre site in the heart of the Weald of Kent.
The current headmaster, Francie Healy, previously the School's Academic Deputy, has been in post since September 2010. The School has seen a constant programme of development with many new buildings. The most recent addition to the facilities is the new Science Centre which was completed at the end of 2008. Bethany School was founded by The Reverend Joseph Kendon in 1866. He was a man of great vision and faith who intended Bethany to be a community where each student would be treated as an individual and encouraged to reach their true potential in all areas of life.
Admissions and Scholarships
For up to date information regarding the School's Entrance Examinations and Scholarships, please refer to the School's website at www.bethanyschool.org.uk
Sports & Other Extracurricular Activities
Bethany has a wide variety of sport. Rugby, football and cricket are among the most popular sports for boys, with Netball, Hockey and Rounders for girls.
A wide variety of clubs are available to pupils and these are incorporated within the school day. These range from Art & Crafts, to bee-keeping, archery, table tennis, Chef School and many more.
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award scheme is extremely popular with pupils from Year 10 upwards and each year between 15-20 pupils achieve the Gold Award.
Business Studies pupils have the option in the Sixth Form of participating in Young Enterprise, a charity scheme where pupils form a business and attempt to generate profits for shareholders.
From 1999 to 2005, Bethany School saw a major development of new buildings.
The first in the series of buildings constructed during this period was the 6th form house, The Orchard. This was completed in 1999 and provide a separate living area for Upper Sixth pupils with ensuite study bedrooms. In 2001 a modern sports complex was completed, provided changing rooms but also a new 'weights room' and also a climbing wall.
A new library was completed in 2002 and the former library was converted into a drama studio. The library has been very well received, especially by the Lower 6th who have a much more modern and resourceful library for private study.
The Holmes Building which houses Business Studies and Geography was completed in 2003.
In September 2005 the completely reconstructed and redesigned dining hall complex was completed. This provides for a modern approach to catering repasts for the increasing number of students, and more formal occasions.
The modern Food Technology and Textiles rooms were opened in 2006, as well as new language classrooms. A new Astroturf was constructed in 2007. In 2009 a brand new 5 million pound Science block was built, due to the fact that the old one burnt down. 2013 saw extensive refurbishment within the boarding accommodation.
Bethany has historically, and continues to put a strong emphasis on community; extracurricular activities are wide and numerous.
The Mount is for boys from Year 7 - a handful of whom stay on until the Lower Sixth.
Currently Old Poplars is the only house that is exclusively for girls on the campus. Ranging from year 7 to the Lower Sixth. This benefited from an extensive refurbishment programme which was completed in 2013 and it offers a comfortable home from home character to its' girl boarders.
Constructed in 1977 and named after the previous headmaster at the time, Pengelly is a newly refurbished building, housing boys from Year 9 to the Lower Sixth.
Kendon named after the founder of Bethany makes up a large proportion of the original building. It was originally known as the Old School.
This is the newest boarding house, originally intended for Upper Sixth pupils only it has been forced by space requirement to accept Lower Sixth pupils. It is widely viewed as the best house due to a wide range of facilities and generous proportions. Facilities include en suite rooms, a kitchen, snooker table room, sitting room and lounge. In 2010 a new block was built adjacent to The Orchard due to increased demand for Sixth Form boarding places.
Bethany School was one of the first schools in Kent, if not England, to begin encouraging most pupils to purchase laptops for use in classrooms. This process began in September 1999, with Year 9 being the first year to adopt this principle and now all pupils above Year 8 work from laptops. The School also benefits from a campus-wide wireless broadband network.
The Bethanians' Society
The Bethanians' Society was founded in 1887 for the former pupils of the School, many of whom reside in countries all over the world. Information on the current events of the school and former pupils are regularly updated on the website. They also contribute greatly to the annual Old Bethanians' magazine. Being a member of the Society gives former pupils the opportunity to attend reunions at the School.
- Official website
- Independent Schools Inspectorate
- Independent Schools Council - Schools Information
- Guide to Bethany School
- Old Bethanians' Society
- Gascoigne, Rodney. "Schooldays," memoir of an Old Bethanian's time at the school in the 1950s.