Bethany School
Bethany School, Cranbrook is an independent school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18. Takes boarders, it is one of the leading schools near Rye Bay.


Founded by the Reverend Joseph Kendon in 1866, Bethany is a Co-educational Day and Boarding school set in the heart of the stunning Kent countryside. Occupying some 60 acres of the Weald, it is a truly enviable site.

Bethany is a genuine extension of the home, providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment. Pupils and staff come to know each other well throughout their time together. Good principles, such as tolerance and respect for one another, and a true feeling of belonging and self worth are of the utmost importance, and at Bethany we seek to develop these within each and every pupil from the moment they arrive.

All pupils, both boarding and day, belong to one of six Houses. Each House is run by a Housemaster or Housemistress, all of whom live in with their families, and each is supported by an assistant and the House Tutors.  Our resident Nursing Sister provides 24 hour medical cover through our Medical Centre.

Boarding pupils benefit from modern, state-of-the-art facilities and every care is taken to ensure that their time spent at Bethany is both comfortable and enjoyable. We also have modern dining facilities where pupils eat together daily, providing a wide range of traditional and international cuisines to cater for all tastes.

We offer both full and weekly boarding, and our full-boarders have a wide range of activities to choose from each weekend.  From French markets to London shows our boarders are entertained and engaged.

Benenden School
Benenden School, Cranbrook is an independent school for girls aged from 11 to 18. Takes boarders it is one of many excellent Schools near Rye Bay.

Rye Bay Schools have excellent standards

At Benenden we are passionate about education in its broadest sense. We greatly value the close community within which we live and work, enhanced by the very fact that we are a full boarding school.  We aspire for excellence in all that we do. Motivational teaching through a dynamic and challenging curriculum, together with an extensive and imaginative co-curricular programme, offers every opportunity for the girls to learn, develop interests and, very importantly, have a great deal of fun!

Alongside this we seek to provide the girls with an appreciation of the world in which we live. This is a world which is getting smaller, where our daughters are likely to work outside the UK at some stage in their careers and where most will be among the next generation of leaders. So, as we prepare the girls for their futures, 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.

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.

For ninety years Benenden has been educating girls successfully. The values Confidence, Compassion and Courage, so important to our founders, are just as relevant today. Come and see for yourself; we look forward to welcoming you and introducing you to our community.

Rye College
Rye College, Rye is a state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 16.

Vinehall School
Vinehall School, Robertsbridge is an independent school for boys and girls aged from 2 to 13. Takes boarders.

St Michaels Playden
St Michael’s school is situated in the picturesque East Sussex countryside in the village of Playden, 1 mile from the Cinque Port town of Rye. Records of the school date back to 1885, with renovation and extension of the existing site taking place in the late 1980s.

Considerable changes have been made to the fabric of the school in the last twelve months. Indoor and outdoor spaces have been redesigned to provide a more secure and stimulating learning environment. In particular a modern office/reception area has been created to welcome parents and visitors.

A Controlled Church of England primary school, with just 95 pupils, the villages of Playden, Iden and Rye Foreign form the traditional catchment area with some pupils from Rye.

All visitors are most warmly welcome to visit our lovely school.