Benenden School turns 100

The world-renowned Benenden School is celebrating 100 years at the forefront of British education this year. SO Magazine discovers how they will be celebrating their centenary…


Based in 250 acres of beautiful parkland just outside Cranbrook, Benenden School is one of the finest girls’ schools in the world and now welcomes day students as well as boarders. It was founded in 1923 and ever since has been inspiring future thinkers and leaders to shape a better world.

The school is marking its centenary throughout the 2023/24 academic year with a wide range of initiatives, including a progressive new curriculum which truly prepares its students for the workplace and life. With an emphasis on professional skills, inclusive leadership and developing a lifelong love of learning – in addition to its proud record of outstanding exam results and higher education destinations – Benenden’s Complete Education is innovative and highly regarded.

Other centenary highlights include a global conference, held in partnership with the International Coalition of Girls’ Schools, for Sixth Form students from around the world at which a series of outstanding speakers will be inspiring future female leaders.

The school’s site boasts world-class facilities including a purpose-built theatre, all-weather sports pitch, state-of-the-art Science Centre and the stunning new music school and Centenary Hall concert venue.

The school is committed to making sure its facilities and students continually benefit the community, through its Hemsted Park public events brand, its enormous network of community partnership activity and through its bursary provision.

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Open Days are being held throughout the Autumn, including a Sixth Form Open Evening on September 14. Details at:

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