Bethany School

The environment at Bethany is that of a vibrant and caring community which creates a supportive platform from which your child can learn and progress. 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 them with a genuine love of learning. Bethany has an idyllic, rural campus location with easy accessibility, set in 60 acres of Kentish countryside.

Curtisden School
TN17 1LB

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ISC associations: The Society of Heads, AGBIS, ISBA

Religious affiliation: Church of England

Day/boarding type: Day, Weekly/Flexible Boarding and Full Boarding

Gender profile: Coeducational

Size: 361

Bethany School fees:

Boarding fees per term:
£10,560 to £12,815

Day fees per term:
£6,805 to £7,515

Scholarships & bursaries:

ISC reference number:

DfE reference number:
886 / 6036

Boys - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 11 to 18 (206)

Boarding: 11 to 18 (34)

Sixth Form: (56)

Girls - age range & pupil numbers:

Day: 11 to 18 (110)

Boarding: 11 to 18 (11)

Sixth Form: (21)

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Additional Information

We teach a variety of subjects throughout the first three years at Bethany, to allow pupils to recognise which areas are most suited to their interests, skills and abilities. 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 is situated on a beautiful 60-acre rural site in the heart of the Kentish Weald. Located near the small, picturesque village of Goudhurst, just off the A21, the School is in an ideal position; only 45 minutes from the Eurostar Terminals at Ebbsfleet and Ashford International, an hour from London Gatwick and central London and an hour and 15 minutes from London Heathrow or Stansted. The nearest train station is Marden, from where there are trains to Charing Cross in Central London, or to Ashford.

Our pupils are taught by specialists who are passionate about their subject area and keen to enrich and accelerate opportunities for all pupils. With annual events and opportunities such as the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and adventures to far-flung destinations (a recent trip saw our True Adventure cohort visiting Costa Rica!) our pupils are encouraged to embrace challenges and aim high.

In order to offer our pupils the very best education, our facilities match the quality of our teaching which are ever-growing. Our most recent additions include an award-winning 25 metre six-lane swimming pool and a state-of-the-art Fitness Suite. Pupils participate in our activities programme twice a week where opportunities arise in horse riding, gymnastics and high ropes course developing their independent thinking, interpersonal skills and confidence.


We offer a range of scholarships for entry into Year 7, Year 9 and the Sixth Form. The value of a scholarship award is between 15% and 25% reduction in fees and entry onto a subject specific scholarship programme. The following scholarships are available at all three entry levels: 

Academic: Pupils who are awarded Academic Scholarships need to demonstrate an aptitude in English, Mathematics and Science and in two other academic subjects. Academic Scholarships attract a 25% fee remission.

Performing Arts: Pupils awarded a scholarship in Performing Arts need to demonstrate an aptitude in at least one of Drama, Music or Dance. Performing Arts scholarships attract a 15% fee remission if awarded in one discipline; 20% if awarded in two; 25% if awarded in all three.

Creative Arts: Pupils awarded a scholarship in Creative Arts need to demonstrate an aptitude in at least one of Art & Design or Design Technology. Creative Arts scholarships attract a 15% fee remission if awarded in one discipline; 20% if awarded in two.

Sport: Sport Scholarships attract a 15% fee remission.

Pupils can only be awarded one scholarship. There may be occasions when pupils on bursaries are also awarded scholarships, but the combined total will not exceed 50%. 



Pupils new to the School must make an application for a bursary at the time of application to the School. For existing parents whose financial circumstances change during the time their child is at School, individual representations can be made directly to the Headmaster and Bursar. Priority consideration is given to those pupils who are in the final year of a GCSE or A level courses, i.e. in Years 11 and 13. The vast majority of all bursarial awards are 50% or less for current pupils, and 30% or less for new pupils.

The Governing Body has ultimate responsibility for the awarding of all awards and will, as a matter of routine, delegate detailed analysis of bursarial applications to an external agency who will liaise directly with parents in the first instance. The award of all bursaries is also based on the extent to which the School considers that the individual pupil can contribute most to and gain most from the educational experience at Bethany. These are normally means-tested every year (on income and capital), to ensure the School is scrupulous about fairness. For more details please contact the Registrar or the Bursary.

Scholarships & Bursaries offered

  • Academic scholarships
  • All Rounder awards
  • Art scholarships
  • Drama scholarships
  • Music scholarships
  • Sport scholarships
  • H M Forces discounts
  • Sibling discounts
  • Bursaries for new entrants
  • Hardship awards for existing pupils

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