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Benenden School

Cranbrook Road, Benenden, Cranbrook, Kent, England TN17 4AA

Private School (Fee Paying) Girls 10 - 19 Years Day & Boarding (Full)


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Samantha Price

I hope that from viewing our website and reading our prospectus you will have gained a flavour of what it is we do and stand for 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 and extensive grounds for them to enjoy, together with the intimacy and care that come from being a community of no more than 550.

At Benenden 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 almost 100 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.

-Samantha Price
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Tatler Schools Guide 2021

Eschewing all stereotypes, Benenden girls parachute out of planes, trek to Annapurna Base Camp, build microlights with partner school John Wallis Academy, race selfbuilt kit cars and play rugby. They are also charming, funny and great fun to be around.

Benenden Senior

"At Benenden there is a culture of community where everyone is looking out for each other, and everyone has each other's backs."

Benenden Senior

"Benenden gave me the confidence to do things out of my comfort zone - every week I would do something that pushed me."

The Good Schools Guide

"Top notch education delivered with exceptional warmth in a beautiful corner of England. Brilliant for bright girls with an appetite for learning, backed by reassuringly thorough pastoral care.”

Benenden Senior

“I am struck by the sheer variety of career successes from my peers and delighted by the fun we are still having together.”

Mother of Sixth Form Student

“Our daughter has grown in confidence and maturity while achieving more academically than we had thought she could.”

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What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • Trinity Guildhall Speech and Drama Exams
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Critical Thinking
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • ICT
  • Law
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Ancient Greek
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Chinese - Mandarin
  • Danish
  • Dutch
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • German
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial Arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Touch Rugby
  • Volleyball
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Astronomy
  • Ballet
  • Cadets
  • Canoeing
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Language Club
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Rock Climbing
  • Sailing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Shooting
  • Skiing
  • Yoga
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Residential assessment
  • Bursaries
  • Drama
  • Academic
  • Art
  • Music
  • Financial Assistance
  • Scholarships - Other
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • All denominations welcome
  • Church of England
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range10 to 19
    Annual Day Fees *£32649 to £32649
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£43503 to £43503
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number OF Pupils

    0Full Boarding550
    0Weekly Boarding0
    Boys Girls

    Number OF Staff

    Full-time: 436
    Part-time: 0

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University