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Kent College Pembury
Old Church Road, Pembury, TN2 4AX, UK Tunbridge Wells
+44 (0)1892 822006

Kent College Preparatory School is one of the leading independent preparatory schools for girls in Kent. We believe that a happy, confident child is a successful one and our girls love school. High academic standards, excellent SATs results and preparation for grammar and independent schools are at the heart of what we do, but we never forget that there is more to childhood and learning than examinations. Kent College Pembury is one of the leading independent senior schools for girls in Kent. Our ethos is founded on nurturing confidence and providing an exciting range of opportunities to inspire and achieve success. Our pupils achieve excellent examination results with high levels of Value Added. This means they achieve significantly better GCSE and A-level results than predicted from their entry level scores, enabling them to proceed to universities of their choice to fulfil their cherished ambitions.


About The School

Kent College Preparatory School is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3 to 11. It shares the same site as the Senior School, a beautiful 75-acre parkland site in Pembury, just 3 miles from Tunbridge Wells.

The Senior School was founded in 1886 by the Wesleyan Methodist Schools' Association. In 1945 the Prep School was established in the centre of Tunbridge Wells and for over forty years the two schools remained on separate sites. In 1989 the Prep School was moved to the current site and a striking architect-designed building was constructed with spacious playgrounds and stunning views over the Kent countryside.

Both the Senior and the Prep Schools are part of a group of independent Methodist Schools which are managed by the Methodist Board for Residential Schools.

The Methodist foundation underpins our caring, Christian community and gives our staff and pupils a clear moral framework in which good manners, discipline and respect for each other are valued. The Schools are interdenominational, welcoming girls of all faiths and backgrounds.
The Prep School pupils benefit from access to shared facilities which include a large well-equipped sports hall, indoor heated swimming pool with small learner's pool, 360-seater state-of-the-art theatre, activities hall, dance studio, tennis and netball courts, hockey pitch, athletics track and dining hall.

Kent College Preparatory School is a very happy and busy school and the girls thoroughly enjoy their time here. We are fortunate to have a lovely, spacious site in Pembury, set back away from the busy main roads, so that our pupils can play and learn in safe, natural environment.

The playgrounds adjacent to the Prep School, are carefully planned with a supervised safe area for the youngest girls (Nursery & Reception), and an adventure playground for the older girls, with a slide, swings and climbing apparatus. All the playgrounds have wonderful views of the Kent countryside. The girls get plenty of fresh air, playing outdoors during most breaks and at lunchtime.

School Motto

The School motto 'Respice Finem' means 'Keep the end in view'. In other words never lose sight of your aims, your hopes or your dreams.

School Rules

Our school rules are based on promoting good behaviour, respect for each other and the community, and encouraging the girls to develop into caring and responsible citizens.

School Council

All classes from Year 2 and above elect two school council members each year to represent their views on the School Council. Meetings take place twice per term and are chaired by the Headmistress.

The Early Years (Nursery & Reception)

Our main intakes to the school are in the Nursery and Reception classes, which comprise the Early Years Department. They have their own wing of the School with light, colourful, stimulating and well-resourced classrooms and spacious outdoor facilities for play and learning. The two year groups are quite a lot of intraction which ensures a smooth transition from Nursery to Reception.

It is widely accepted that children learn more between the ages of 0 and 5 years than at any other time in their life. Therefore you need to be secure in the knowledge that your daughter will enjoy her first experience of school and that she will be safe, happy, valued and stimulated. This is our aim in the Nursery and Reception classes, which together form the Early Years Department.  

We set out to achieve this by combining play and enjoyment with a carefully structured approach to learning. We follow the national Foundation Stage Curriculum which is organised around the six areas of learning:

  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Communication, language and literacy
  • Mathematical development
  • Knowledge and understanding of the world
  • Physical development
  • Creative development

    Within each of these areas there are a number of learning goals. For each girl the class teacher is required to compile a 'Foundation Stage Profile' which shows how she is doing in each of the six areas in relation to the learning goals. There are no tests involved, just observation, and this type of feedback is extremely informative and useful for parents.

    The learning goals establish expectations for most children to reach by the end of the Reception year, and in many cases our pupils have exceeded these expectations and will be working at the lower stages of Key Stage One of the National Curriculum. A detailed guide about the curriculum will be given to you prior to your daughter joining the School and copies are available upon request.

    Our Early Years pupils benefit from subject specialist teachers for dance, PE, music, drama and swimming. Dance is an optional extra which incurs an additional cost. Nursery pupils can do ballet and Reception pupils can do ballet and/or modern dance.Boarding

    Boarding at Kent College Preparatory School is about living and learning in a happy, homely and secure environment, with lots of interesting activities on offer after school and at weekends to keep the girls active and stimulated.

    Our youngest boarders in the Preparatory school are part of a close-knit boarding community which extends across both the Preparatory and the Senior Schools. Most of our youngest boarders join the final year of the Preparatory School at age 10, before transferring to the Senior School. The junior house is for girls aged 10-14 so the Preparatory School boarders are well integrated with the youngest Senior School boarders and, as a result, find the transition to the Senior School a smooth one.

    There is a great sense of community spirit within and between the houses and the boarders enjoy being part of an extended family. Birthdays are celebrated with cakes and candles and end of term house parties are fun get togethers to bid fond farewell before the holidays. Firm and lifelong friendships are established.

    Because family circumstances differ and change, Kent College offers flexible boarding options to meet a variety of needs. These include full and weekly boarding as well as overnight and short stay boarding options for day girls.

    Boarding Houses

    Organised to meet the needs of different age groups, each of the three houses provide modern facilities with homely bedrooms, cosy common rooms with TV and videos, and bathrooms with private showers.

    Hargreaves & Hawkwell House: Our youngest boarders aged 10-14 benefit from a cosy atmosphere where they receive the individual care and attention they need. Every effort is made to make the girls feel at home. The house is very close to the Preparatory School so the girls do not have too far to go to School!

    James & Osborn Houses: The purpose-built facilities of adjoining James and Osborn houses accommodate a mix of ages from 14 to 18. The hub of activity is often in the kitchen, which welcomes impromptu gatherings whilst drinks and snacks are prepared. A number of shared facilities include TV rooms, IT suite, pool table and music system, which ensures the boarders in both houses mix regularly. The bedrooms accommodate an average of three girls and most final year A-level students have single study rooms, some of which are en-suite. Click here for information about senior boarding.


    The School

    Kent College is an independent girls' boarding and day school with a Senior School (ages 11-18) and Preparatory School (ages 3-11) sharing the same site. Founded in 1886 by the Wesleyan Methodist Schools' Association, today Kent College is an interdenominational Christian school welcoming girls of all faiths and backgrounds.

    Since 1939, Kent College has been located in 75 acres of beautiful countryside on the outskirts of Royal Tunbridge Wells in Kent, a safe and rural part of south-east England. The campus comprises an elegant Victorian manor house and purpose-built modern facilities which are continually updated and improved upon.  Alongside our exceptional teaching facilities, the school is also working towards becoming a centre of ICT excellence and an e-learning environment. For more information, please visit Recent Developments

    The school attracts girls from all over the world.  The current roll in the Senior School is approximately 360, with an additional 180 girls in the Preparatory School.  Day girls come from a wide area of Kent and Sussex, and weekly boarders from the south east. Full boarders are welcomed from all over the world and their differing cultural influences enrich the experience of all students.

    Kent College places a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities and fosters an ethos of participation with a flexible and innovative programme of extra-curricular activities.  Boarders can choose when they do their prep (homework) and day girls choose whether to do it at home or at school.  All girls participate in the vast range of activities on offer and are encouraged to plan the use of their time so that they follow a balanced programme of academic work and extra-curricular activities. This enables them to build strong Records of Achievement which is necessary for successful university and employment applications.  For more information, please visit Exciting Opportunities

    The pastoral care in the school is very strong; there are five Divisional Heads and all staff are highly involved in PSHE and general pastoral matters.  All teaching staff are required to be involved in at least one extra-curricular activity (ECA) and most do more than this, as both subject and general ECAs are available.  There is a Director of Activities to co-ordinate ECA and boarder activities. For more information, please visit Pastoral Care

    Another of our great strengths is that we have a very well qualified, skilled and committed body of staff who go far beyond the realms of their teaching commitments to provide the support and inspiration that the girls need to succeed. Our teachers are interested in the welfare and achievements of the girls and they each devote time to get to know them as individuals. The staff give freely of their time at lunchtimes, after school and even during the holidays to run extra lessons or workshops to ensure the girls are on track to receive the best results possible and to develop a love for their subject. 

    As an independent school, we are free from the constaints of the National Curriculum and have the flexibility to offer a broad and balanced range of subjects. The dedication of our staff and commitment of our students are reflected each year in the girls' excellent GCSE and A level results.

    The Curriculum   

    Years 7, 8 & 9 (Key Stage 3)

    Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are usually aged 11 to 14 years old. The curriculum is planned with due regard to the Key Stage 3 (KS3) National Curriculum, although we provide a greater variety of subjects than the National Curriculum to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.

    In Year 7, students are taught in mixed ability groups but are set according to ability in mathematics and French. In Years 8 and 9, students are in mixed ability tutor groups but are placed in teaching groups based broadly on ability. French and Latin are taught from Year 7. In addition, a choice of German or Spanish is started in Year 8. Class sizes in Years 7-9 average 16 students with a usual maximum of 20.

    In Year 9, several subjects form a carousel and girls are given a chance to sample a range of subjects before choosing GCSE subjects. Careers' advice starts in Year 9. 
    School examinations are held at the end of each academic year and the National Key Stage 3 tests in mathematics are taken in Year 9.

    All students also participate in a Personal, Social & Health Education (PSHE) programme as well as a Citizenship programme.

    Years 10 & 11 (GCSE)  

    Students in Years 10 and 11 are usually aged 14 to 16 and follow the two-year GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) course with public examinations at the end of Year 11.

    All students work towards examinations in English language & English literature, mathematics and science. All girls take physics, chemistry and biology either as three separate GCSE subjects or as the Double Award examination.  In addition, most girls are also required to take a modern language. Each student selects two to four option subjects from a list which includes:

    Art History
    Business & Communication Systems Latin
    Classical Civilisation Music
    Drama Physical Education
    Food Technology Religious Studies
    French Resistant Materials
    Geography Spanish
    German Textiles Technology

    Girls in Years 10-11 follow a Life Skills programme which covers health education, citizenship, a GCSE short course in religious education, and physical education. The careers' advice started in Year 9 continues throughout the GCSE years, with work experience in Year 11 following the GCSE examinations.

    School examinations take place at the end of Year 10 and mock GCSE examinations are held in the November of Year 11, with public examinations in May/June.

    Further details about GCSE courses are provided in the detailed GCSE curriculum guide which is available on request. Click here to
    Request a Prospectus

    Sixth Form (A Level)

    Most students study four (AS) subjects in the first year and three of the same subjects (A2s) in the second year.

    A levels offer the chance to study chosen subjects in depth and are the passport to higher education. During the two year course, students develop a more independent approach to learning. An exciting programme of conferences, lectures and visits features in the programme for all subjects. One afternoon per week is set aside for physical education, and there are a number of different activities from which to choose.

    Click here for a list of A level subjects and further information. Full details of courses are available in the A level course booklet which is available on request.

    Extensive careers advice is provided in the Sixth Form with interview workshops, visits to careers fairs and university open days. Comprehensive information is provided on higher education courses, universities and application procedures.

    All A level students participate in an Enrichment Studies Programme, designed to develop key skills which will be useful in all walks of life. They participate in the University of Liverpool's Curriculum Enrichment Programme, join the School Magazine Editorial Team or take the Leith's Basic Certificate in Food and Wine. Students can also take the Guildhall School of Speech and Drama Speaking Skills Examinations. Outside visits are arranged to universities, conferences, museums and political institutions.Click here for more information on our Enrichment Studies Programme

    Sixth Form Life

    Girls find the Sixth Form at Kent College is one of the happiest and most fulfilling parts of their whole school career. They are studying the subjects they most enjoy, strengthening friendships, making new ones and taking on important responsibilities within the school. Some girls also choose to start boarding in the Sixth Form as it gives them a sense of independence in preparation for university as well as the chance to take part in as much as possible at school in their final two years.

    In the Sixth Form, every girl is part of a new tutor group, made up of a mix of Lower and Upper Sixth Formers. They stay in these groups for the full two years so their form tutor comes to know them well, can help keep them on track and guide them towards the best decisions regarding their future.

    The focus of life in the Sixth Form is Tilley House. Tilley provides Sixth Formers with their own base where they have fully equipped areas for quiet study as well as a kitchen and Common Room for relaxation. Tilley is run by the girls, who elect two of their peers to oversee its day-to-day management. Other girls, meanwhile, are busily engaged with other positions of leadership and responsibility, as Head Girl, Deputy Head Girl, Sports Captain, Liaison Prefect, Heads of Houses, Head of Boarding Houses and Prefects in charge of Music, Drama and Charities, for which they receive special training in leadership skills. In fact, whether they are School Officers or not, every Sixth Former has the opportunity to run or manage something, whether it is a club or society or even a fashion show. So you can see that every girl has a good chance of being elected to a post of responsibility.

    The main change in the Sixth Form is, of course, the increased focus on academic studies. Full details of the subjects on offer can be requested from the school but perhaps the most important point to make is that, unlike many other schools, we organise the timetable around the subject choices made by girls. It is therefore extremely rare that girls cannot pursue the combination of subjects they wish to study.

    Your daughter will also get to know girls and boys from other Sixth Forms at local and national Model United Nations conferences, local Geographical Association meetings, through the Young Enterprise programme and at conferences arranged through World AIMS (Action in Methodist Schools).

    Other changes that your daughter will experience when she becomes a Sixth Former are the right to wear her own smart clothes and the opportunity to undertake work experience outside of school. There is also an increased focus on university entrance and decisions about her career. The girls benefit from having three fully qualified Careers Advisors in school and up-to-date information on university courses, as well as computer programmes to link courses to career options and numerous opportunities to attend talks by visiting speakers, a Higher Education Convention and university open days.

    The Sixth Form at Kent College is friendly, busy, hard-working and fun.

    Entrance Qualifications
    For entry to the Sixth Form at KC we expect a minimum of six GCSEs at grade C or above. An A or B grade would be expected in those subjects which a girl wishes to study at AS and A2 level; some subjects may demand an A grade or specify particular conditions of entry to their courses.

    Most students study four subjects in the first year (AS level), and continue with three of these in the second year (A2 level). Public examinations are taken at the end of each year and success in these will give students a qualification of three A-level subjects and one subject at AS level.


    Admissions Policy 

    The aim of the school is to offer girls a wide and exciting academic education.  The school is selective, but not narrowly so, taking into account interests and a diversity of strengths.

    As a Methodist school with a Christian ethos, Kent College has a policy of accepting students with a range of abilities, from those who are very able to those with mild learning difficulties to those who have gaps in their knowledge due to interrupted schooling.  We are able to do so because we provide a high level of individual attention through small classes and close monitoring.  In addition, our Learning Development Department co-ordinates individual learning programmes for girls who are having extra lessons when, for example, they are taking extra or early GCSEs, or filling gaps in their knowledge.  As a result of these measures, examination results are impressive and compete favourably with local selective schools, such as the grammar schools.

    Main intakes are at 11+ (Year 7), 13+ (Year 9) and 16+ (Lower Sixth Form).  We also accept applications from students for entry into other year groups subject to places being available.

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