School Type:
Bethany School, Goudhurst, Cranbrook, Kent TN17 1LB
TN17 1LB
Kent (see also London – Outer)
01580 211273
347, Upper sixth 52
Σ5161-Σ5457 (Day), Σ8614-9246 (Boarding), Σ7989-Σ8444 (Weekly)
The Registrar

Founded on its present site in 1866 by the Rev J J Kendon, a Baptist minister. Until 1948 it was run as a small school by members of the minister’s family. It remains relatively small with a family atmosphere and the chapel has an important role. Modern developments now provide good boarding and classroom facilities in an idyllic rural setting. A large staff allows a favourable staff:pupil ratio of about 1:8, so that there is a range of individual attention to be given, both academic and pastoral. From Year 8 all pupils work on laptops across the curriculum, with wireless access throughout the school. There is considerable commitment to drama, art and music. A wide variety of sports and games is provided and a range of extra-curricular activities. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award scheme is popular and successful.

School Head:
Headmaster: Francie Healy, in post since 2010. Educated at Trinity College Dublin (maths and chemistry). Previously Academic Deputy at the school, Head of ICT and taught maths and ICT. Also ISI Inspector. Teaching staff: 40 full time, 5 part time.
GCSE: 79 pupils in Year 11, 75% gain at least grade C in 5+ subjects (26% included English, maths, a science, a humanity and a foreign language; many pupils, particularly those with dyslexia, do not choose a language). A-levels: 52 in upper sixth, gaining an average final point score of 289.
94% of sixth form leavers go on to a degree course (14% after a gap year). 16% take courses in science, 19% in humanities and social sciences, 23% in art and design, 2% in music and 33% in other vocational subjects eg accountancy, business studies, marketing, agriculture etc. Others typically go on to non-degree courses or into family business.
Music: Up to 25% of pupils learn a musical instrument; instrumental exams can be taken. Musical groups including symphony orchestra, choir, concert band, steel band, brass, wind, string and rock school. Recording studio with digital equipment. Drama offered to GCSE and A-level; also LAMDA exams may be taken. Wide range of drama and musical productions. Art and design: Design, ceramics, textiles, photography, design technology, food technology also offered.
Range of some 14 sports including rugby, cross-country, netball, swimming, rounders, squash, weight training. GCSE and BTEC sport may be taken. Also bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (15-20 pa gold), which includes community service. Up to 30 clubs, eg art, debating, country pursuits, chef school, sailing, film, modern dance, equestrian pursuits.
Upper sixth in single ensuite study bedrooms in a separate house; others in singles/doubles or some in small dormitories. Single-sex houses of 30, divided by age. Weekend programme for termly boarders; weekly boarding available. Weekend visits to town allowed.
Lord (Josiah) Stamp (economist and banker).