Benenden school

Founded in 1923, Benenden School lies in the heart of lush Kent countryside, with a vast 240 acres of field and forest in its possession.

Roughly a third of girls are in the sixth form.

Boarding
There are six boarding Houses for 11-16 year olds (Echyngham, Guldeford, Hemsted, Marshall, Medway and Norris). The Sixth Form have their own Founders Sixth Form Centre, which is divided into four Houses (Beeches, Elms, Limes and Oaks).

In the early years, well-designed boarding rooms, with up to seven girls to a dorm keep the boarders satisfied. Older girls, on the other hand, live in spacious quarters with single or double rooms. Residence also have spacious kitchens and games rooms.

Genuine mixing is evident at the school, with whole year team activities organised, such as raft building.

Academic matters
The School mostly comes in the top 50 independent schools nationally, and occasionally in the first 25. Small classes and a favourable teacher-student ratio ensure students’ academic development is at a maximum.

The School’s provision of Spanish, French, Latin and Mandarin is outstanding, while even minority languages such as Greek are well-taught.

Sports
Lacrosse, netball and a choice of 15 or so other sporting activities including ballet, riding, sailing and trampolining are offered

Facilities
With a new £9m Science Centre built in 2012, the School has seen an upturn in A-level science numbers. The Centre has a junior science lab and specialised project labs for sixth form.

There is a Sports hall and fitness suite, as well as a 25 metre swimming pool. Playing fields spread out in all directions.

For the arts, there is a state of the art theatre and dance studio. The impressive music wing houses teaching and practice rooms. Two thirds take instrumental and vocal lessons.

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