Welcome to Benenden School *Fees Payable*
At Benenden, we are passionate about education in its broadest sense so that every girl who studies and lives here receives a Complete Education and enjoys her school days. Whilst instilling within the girls the values to which we hold firm of confidence, compassion, and courage, we prepare them to be professional young women in whatever field of work they choose to pursue in later life. Above all, Benenden is a home where our girls benefit from outstanding facilities, extensive grounds for them to enjoy, together with the intimacy and care that come from being a community of no more than 550.
We aspire for excellence in all that we do. Motivational teaching through a dynamic and challenging curriculum is central to our educational offering. All of the girls are expected to engage in the extensive subjects we offer. They will leave us not only with excellent results at A Level, but very importantly with an understanding of the world in which we live, skills in critical thinking, practical skills such as financial management, a flavour of the world of entrepreneurship and business as well as the knowledge of professional skills which will support them in the world of work beyond university. Furthermore we pride ourselves on our extensive and imaginative co-curricular programme which offers every opportunity for the girls to learn, develop interests, excel in areas beyond the classroom and very importantly, have a great deal of fun!
Crucially, we work with every girl to discover and nurture the passion that will drive whatever path she might want to follow. We will support her in achieving more than she would have thought possible when she first entered the School and by that instil within her the self-belief that she can embrace her future with confidence. As we prepare the girls for life beyond Benenden, it is important to equip them with the skills to work effectively with others, lead with confidence, understand themselves and manage a healthy work-life balance.
For ninety years Benenden has been educating girls successfully. Our Seniors look back on their Benenden education as one that has taught them a great deal and offered them a wealth of very fond memories and friendships to take them throughout their lives. Come and see for yourself; we look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to our community.
Mrs Samantha Price - Headmistress
The Sixth Form is central to Benenden and Founders offers a highly distinctive experience. The 184 Sixth Formers live in single study-bedroom accommodation in one of four House areas - Beeches, Elms, Limes or Oaks. There are four Housemistresses/masters, each student has an Academic Tutor and has additional support from the teaching Deputy Housemistress or Housemaster.
Founders is constantly alive with lectures, debates, rehearsals, tutorial sessions and informal entertaining of younger members of the School. There are also other opportunities for social events, largely organised by the students themselves. These activities combine with formal subject teaching to stimulate discussion, debate, originality, ambition and achievement, enabling students to develop the personal and intellectual skills which will benefit them throughout their lives.
All Sixth Formers have the opportunity to develop their leadership and management abilities and to take responsibility for other people. They remain involved with the rest of the School, continuing as members of their original Houses; new students join one of these Houses on arrival. Some will hold major House posts and all Sixth Formers help in some aspect of running their Houses such as sport, drama, charity fundraising and social events. In addition, Sixth Formers hold the major School and Student Union offices and help to run a wide variety of School teams, societies and activities. Their contribution is fundamental to the successful operation of the School and staff share ideas and responsibility with them as young adults.
Benenden School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its students. Each House has a resident Housemistress or Housemaster who is also a member of the teaching staff: he or she is responsible for the academic and pastoral welfare of each student in the House and directs her curricular programme. The House team also includes a Deputy Housemistress or Housemaster, and a Matron.
In all Houses, Lower School and Sixth Form, the team is complemented further by Relief Matrons, teams of Academic Tutors, the House Domestic Staff and other members of staff who are friends of the House.
The Centre has two large common/lecture rooms, group rooms and computer rooms. In addition there is a kitchen for each floor of about ten students. Founders' students learn how to manage their own time and to balance priorities: they become increasingly independent and self-reliant, while establishing a wide network of friendships.
One of the most striking changes in the Sixth Form programme at Benenden in recent years has been the growth in Careers education and advice. Ninety-nine per cent of our Sixth Form go on to university or other institutions of higher education and we aim to enable every student to choose an appropriate course at the best possible university.
How to apply
If you want to apply for courses, you will need to contact Benenden School *Fees Payable* directly.