Benenden is proud to play an active role in supporting local community groups and schools.
Benenden is a co-sponsor of The John Wallis Church of England Academy in Ashford and the two schools work incredibly closely together. Our Heads sit on one another's governing bodies, our respective heads of department get together to share subject ideas and the Combined Cadet Force is a collaboration between our two schools.
Perhaps the most prominent partnership endeavour is the vibrant mentoring programme in which Benenden Sixth Formers offer exam and revision tips to their counterparts at John Wallis who are approaching their GCSE exams. There are also frequent opportunities during the year when Academy pupils join Benenden for performances, conferences and guest speakers. In addition, Benenden offers co-curricular and extension experiences for Academy Year 6 pupils.
As part of the Community Outreach and Community Programme, Benenden sets aside dedicated time on a Tuesday afternoon for some of the older year groups to volunteer at some of our local organisations. Examples include girls helping at three local primary schools, where they run sports clubs and help pupils with their reading; helping at the Grange Care Home for adults with learning disabilities; using Skype to mentor students living in a slum in Nairobi; socialising with elderly residents at Tenterden Day Care Centre and working in the charity's shop.
Sixth Formers also work in Benenden’s, the village community shop, which the School bought in 2015 and is now an extremely successful local amenity.
Benenden is a pivotal part of the Kent Academy Network, in which teachers voluntarily run lessons during the Easter and Summer holidays as part of a university access programme for students from state schools.
These are just some of the many ways in which Benenden contributes to the wider community, not to mention the array of musical, sporting, academic and co-curricular events.