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As a small secondary it also appeals to those not suited to the rough and tumble of bigger schools. ‘The small class sizes and, therefore, closer relationships with the staff have really helped her find her feet,’ commented one parent. None of the usual eau de cabbage, trainers and pencil shavings smells greet you here – instead you catch wafts of strategically placed aromatherapy diffusers. The school is a mixture of the glitzy and homely. Classroom blocks are utilitarian – you could be inside...

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What the school says...

Children today must be prepared to enter a world of technology and innovation - a world that moves at considerable pace. Bethany School is the perfect environment for your child as he or she journeys through secondary education. With careful nurturing and guidance it is our aim to equip them with the skills, knowledge and confidence that will prepare them for life in a changing world.

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. We encourage each and every child to think critically, question incisively and solve problems with growing independence. Beyond the classroom, we offer a vast array of extra-curricular activities to develop and challenge each pupil. Fun, enthusiasm and adventure are important parts of the Bethany experience.

The happiness and emotional well-being of our pupils lie at the heart of every decision we make.
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What the parents say...

Bethany has been a very supportive,and academic school for my daughter. The class size are small so pupils are able to reach their full potential,and the teachers work tirelessly providing a well rounded education.

Commented on 14th May 2015

Our son has been a weekly boarder for the past 6 years. In our opinion, he has benefitted enormously as he has been encouraged to be independent yet is always supported. The academic support has been outstanding as evidenced by the fact that our child, who is dyslexic, obtained an A in his English GCSE. But it is more than the academic achievement - it is the ethos of the school. Bethany believes that each child can excel in something and as a result each child has the opportunity to gain self-confidence and we have seen the results of that in our son. Bethany enjoys excellent leadership. We have always been impressed at the 'sensible' approach taken by the staff and they avoid petty rules. This helps the pupils respect the staff and the overall atmosphere of the school is one of collaboration and good relationships. Bethany's grounds are beautiful and well maintained and the environment is perfect for high quality education. The school has invested substantially in its boarding facilities in the last few years, they have a relatively new science block that is well equipped as is the DT area. Bethany is currently upgrading its swimming pool so that it can be used year round. Bethany has long recognised that each child will need high level IT skills in their future careers, whatever they maybe. As a result IT is integral in all the teaching from Year 6 onwards. This vision has inspired the teachers to be flexible and innovative so that they can tailor their lessons to the classes or individual needs. The school is co-ed and works hard to achieve a good balance in their intake although boys seem to predominate. Bethany has become more and more popular over the years. We are pleased to see the efforts of the staff rewarded; but the staff are committed to ensuring that they remain very pupil centred however successful the school becomes. Sending our son to Bethany was quite simply the best decision we could have made and has been an excellent investment in his future.

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Head

Since 2010, Mr Francie Healy. A graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, he began his teaching career at an inner city school in Dublin, before taking up a post as maths teacher at Bethany in 1989. He’s never wanted to leave the place, and grew his role to head up the IT department, then through director of studies, academic deputy and deputy headship. He doesn’t, however, plan to stay quite as permanently as two previous heads, who are buried in the grounds.

‘Genuinely held in high regard by the students. He is also very funny,’ commented one parent. Not many heads would go to the lengths he did in a charity raffle which resulted in him changing places with a pupil for the day. He rang the school’s uniform supplier to ensure...

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Special Education Needs

Bethany School runs a mainstream curriculum for all pupils. However, we have a long established Dyslexia Support Unit which caters for the needs of students of average or above ability who have dyslexia or similar special needs. Pupils are taught in small groups by specialist teachers. In years 7 - 9 the lessons take place when other pupils are studying French. In Years 10 and 11 the lessons take the place of one GCSE option. In the Sixth Form, individual or paired lessons are arranged during pupils' private study periods. All of our classroom teachers have experience of teaching dyslexic students, so the teaching approaches in all lessons are sympathetic to dyslexic students. At Bethany we are proud of our dyslexic students and of the rich contribution they make to the life of the school community.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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