Bethany School
Catchment Area, Reviews and Key Information

Post 16
11 - 18
Other independent school
Not Rated

How Does The School Perform?

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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
GCSE Grade 5 (strong pass) or above in both English and maths

Secondary Data
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A level average point score
Average A level result
Day, Weekly and Full Boarding
Boarding Type
Scholarship Status
Day Fees Per Term
Pupils with SEN support

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School Prospectus

Curtisden Green
TN17 1LB
+44 (0)1580 211273

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School Description

Bethany enjoys a reputation as a particularly friendly and happy community. It is a strong, thriving school and recent years have seen an enviable building programme. The Head firmly believes that school should be enjoyed rather than endured and it is the atmosphere of positive nurturing and encouragement which makes Bethany ‘refreshingly different’.Located in Kent’s ‘Garden of England’, Bethany combines an idyllic rural location with easy accessibility.

Bethany School Parent Reviews

Average Parent Rating

“Highly Recommend”

"Bethany School has been the best thing for Charlotte since she started there at age 11. She has gone from strength to strength with the help of caring and helpful staff. Charlotte has more than achieved her goals and would not have managed this without the support and help she has received."
“Incredible Results”

"Beth leaves Bethany School a well-balanced young lady, with a thirst for learning and desire for exploring her talent further, fond memories and now incredible results - all thanks to Bethany. She would not have achieved these results elsewhere."
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News, Photos and Open Days from Bethany School

Last update: 31 May 2023


Meet staff and pupils and tour our School’s superb facilities, including our award-winning 25m indoor swimming pool, state-of-the-art Fitness Suite and dedicated Sixth Form Centre.

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Our greatest aim is to enable each of our pupils to realise their potential in every area that they study, flourishing in those subjects where their talents shine brightest and carrying with them a genuine love of learning.

We create a challenging and supportive learning environment, and small class sizes are fundamental to our success. We generally have fewer 18 pupils in any class, allowing our teachers to target and develop the abilities of each individual, offering support and guidance as they work through our broad and balanced curriculum together.

Through dynamic and differentiated teaching, we aim to instil in our pupils key skills, both from a learning and a social perspective, that are so vital for exam success and life beyond School.

Bethany’s Learning Support department enjoys an international reputation for its success in giving specialist help to dyslexic pupils within our mainstream school, and the school has been CReSTeD registered since 1994.  In addition, for those pupils who may benefit from it, we also offer English as an Additional Language (EAL) support. 

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Meet the Head: Francie Healy

Francie Healy started out at Bethany at a Mathematics teacher.  He then assumed responsibility for ICT in the classroom and in 1999 successfully introduced laptops for every child and teacher at Bethany under the Anywhere Anytime Learning programme.  In 2000, he trained as an ISI inspector.  Francie was then appointed Academic Deputy and subsequently became Deputy Head. An innovator by nature, he is constantly looking at ways to improve the educational experience of pupils.  He remains steadfast in his desire in wanting all pupils to become the very best versions of themselves. He is passionate in believing that being happy and successful go hand in hand and that excellent pastoral care provides the necessary bedrock to sustained success.

Who/what inspired you to become a teacher?

I like helping people and I love the optimism of youth.  My two favourite teachers at school were my Mathematics teacher and my History teacher and I can trace my love of both of these subjects back to these two inspirational teachers.  I want to play my part in spreading similar joy, awe and wonderment to others.

What achievement are you most proud of as Head?

Keeping children at the heart of every decision that is made as well as maintaining our holistic approach to education.  This is hugely appreciated by parents and they are very supportive of this approach.  Our pupils overachieve in examinations because we focus on the amount of effort we require of pupils in our positive, supportive “can do” environment. Being able to withstand governmental or societal dogma when it comes to education gives me enormous pride. We deliver what we promise.

What does a successful school look like to you?

It is a school that always puts the child first.  The best schools ensure that the shy introverted child who enters it develops into a confident, articulate, successful, natural, caring and empathetic adult by the time they leave. In addition to achieving excellent academic results, it is also of crucial importance that the pupils leave with excellent intra and interpersonal skills.  The ability to get on exceptionally well with one’s peers and work colleagues is what separates the good from the great.  Every pupil, through their educational experience, should be given copious opportunities to acquire the best skills in all of these areas. 

What is the most important quality you want every child to have when they leave your school? And why?

The confidence to be their natural selves.

No one can ask any more of anyone than to be the best version of themselves.  Such people come across as natural and sincere.  They generate automatic respect from others. They are best placed to become leaders in their chosen areas of expertise.  They are also better placed to lead a balanced and happy life and this in turn ensures that whatever success is generated is sustainable.

Please give 5 words to describe the ethos of your school.

Welcoming, Natural, Caring, Ambitious, Successful.

Bethany School Catchment Area Map

This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.