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Bethany is a mainstream school with a specialist learning support department and about 30 per cent receive some sort of help. As part of the wide range of abilities, there are some very bright pupils have floundered elsewhere but thrive in this small nurturing environment. The arts are a particular strength, with a specialised programme for scholars. The music department has been...

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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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Since 2010, Francie Healy. A graduate of Trinity College, he remained in Dublin to teach in an inner-city school before moving to Bethany as a maths teacher in 1989, subsequently progressing to head of IT, director of studies, academic deputy, houseparent then deputy head. He doesn’t, however, plan to stay quite as long as two previous heads who are buried in the grounds!

‘Jovial, upbeat and down to earth,’ according to one mother who didn’t even realise who he was when he first became headmaster. Does two duty days a week and enjoys chatting to pupils in the lunch queue, often joining a table at mealtimes. In fact, he is known for chatting to everyone – ‘sometimes nonsense and sometimes serious,’ laughed a pupil, ‘and he always seems to know what...

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Special Education Needs

Bethany School runs a mainstream curriculum for all pupils, with a well-incorporated and long established Dyslexia and Learning Support (DLS) department catering for the needs of children of average or above average ability who have dyslexia or similar special needs. Pupils are taught in small groups by specialist teachers. In years 7 - 9 the DLS 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 pupils, so the teaching approaches in all lessons are sympathetic to those with dyslexia. At Bethany we are proud of all of our pupils 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 Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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
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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