Our Aims and Values

The Founders' idea of a Complete Education for girls, with the rigours of an academic programme and so many more enriching activities on top, remains in place to this day. Theirs is a boarding school for the 21st century.

Benenden aims to give each girl a complete education in which she achieves her academic potential and grows as an individual. We want her to relish all that school life has to offer so that she leaves us as a confident, positive young woman truly prepared for her future.

We expect each girl to be a responsible and considerate citizen who is outward looking, courageous and compassionate. We support her in being aspirational and in developing her interests and talents whilst learning to achieve balance in her life.

By emphasising the importance of spiritual growth, we hope that each girl will enjoy making a contribution to our supportive school and to be inspired to make a difference throughout her life in her future communities.

In all that we do at Benenden, we aim to foster:

Belief in oneself, belief in others, commitment to learning, commitment to the community.

We aim to do this by providing:

  • An inspiring, challenging and relevant academic curriculum which balances the best of tradition and innovation.
  • Excellent and motivating teaching designed to encourage girls to become independent, enquiring and critical thinkers.
  • A framework of individual support devised to help each girl experience and benefit from a full programme of study balanced with a wide variety of cultural, creative, physical and fun activities.
  • A culture of encouragement, opportunity and challenge designed to develop self-reliance, resilience, confidence and physical and emotional wellbeing.
  • The experience of learning to understand other people, working and living together with understanding and compromise and appreciating diversity. 
  • A wide range of opportunities for leadership
  • Careers and higher education guidance designed to help every girl achieve her own personal goals, equipped with the requisite skills for university and beyond in their professional lives.
  • A close partnership with parents so that school and home can work together to help every girl make the most of her time at Benenden.