|Kent College Senior School|
|Whitstable Road, CT2 9DT, UK Canterbury|
+44 (0)1227 763231
Welcome to Kent College
Together with our Infant and Junior School, Vernon Holme, situated one mile away from the Senior School campus, we take students from 3-18 years, and boarders from the age of 7.
Kent College is situated in an enviable location on a 70-acre site in semi-rural surroundings, yet only a few minutes’ walk away from the historic city centre of Canterbury. The Channel Tunnel and access to Eurostar are only half an hour’s drive away, and London can be reached by train in one and a half hours.
The school has an outstanding reputation for bringing out the best in every pupil, and achieves excellent academic results. It also excels in music, drama, art and sport, and even has its own farm. The sporting facilities are first class, and include an all-weather artificial hockey pitch, which is converted for tennis use in the summer. A well-resourced Dyslexic Unit gives specialist teaching to students with this particular need.
The boarding community includes students from nearly 30 countries, and a particular strength is the International Study Centre, where students whose English language skills need development can receive specialist teaching and be progressively integrated into the mainstream curriculum.
Come and explore our site. We’re sure that you’ll be convinced that Kent College offers a first class and balanced education to each and every one of its pupils.
Kent College has always enjoyed a reputation as a particularly friendly and welcoming school. This is a tradition the School is very anxious to maintain and strengthen, so a clearly articulated Mission Statement and a widely circulated set of Aims and Values are an important element in pursuing this goal. Please see these statements as much more than pious platitudes. At Kent College we genuinely try to live by them.
Kent College aims to:
Be a caring Christian family community, committed to the development of the full potential of each individual.
Maintain high educational standards in all academic, cultural and sporting activities, stimulating excitement in learning and requiring discipline in study whatever the ability of the child.
Work with and in the communities it serves.
Worship as Christians in the Methodist tradition and uphold Christian values in practice as well as in theory, whilst welcoming members of other faiths (and none) in a spirit of openness and tolerance; and to make religious education a strong feature of the curriculum.
Encourage pupils in a critical examination of the standards and values current in society and to discover and develop a personal faith to guide them throughout their lives.
At Kent College we value:
An understanding of Christian values and a nurturing of moral responsibilities and behaviour regardless of age or background
Close co-operation between parents, pupils and staff
Enthusiasm, endeavour and self discipline in all that we do
Academic rigour at all levels of ability
Curiosity, critical awareness and responsibility
Fairness, trust and confidence in our dealings with one another
Initiative, creativity and tenacity in the search for personal growth
Qualities of loyalty, leadership and support
Tolerance and respect for others no matter what the differences
All good schools will claim to offer a balanced education, and this website contains plenty of information about the non-academic life at Kent College. However, in the final analysis, an independent school will succeed or fail on the basis of the academic standards it achieves, particularly on the added value over and above other schools that the school’s teaching quality imparts to each pupil.
Kent College is proud of its history of academic achievement, and this section of our site will give evidence of the breadth of our Curriculum, the expertise of our staff, and the success our pupils have enjoyed in going on to Higher Education.
Here you can discover what courses we have available at A-Level, study the objectives of the Heads of Department in every subject and see our most recent results in GCSE and A-Level public examinations.
Whatever natural ability a child has on arriving at Kent College, we will ensure that he or she has every possible opportunity to develop to their full potential.
Around a third of pupils at Kent College are boarders, and the school has a long and honourable history of welcoming boarders from the international community, as well as from British families. Currently there are some 30 countries represented in our boarding population, and this brings great richness and diversity to school life, as well as helping all our pupils to understand and respect different cultural traditions.
Most are full boarders, staying at the school throughout the term, except at half term, weekly boarding is another option, as the child can enjoy all the stimulus of boarding life during the week, and still be at home with the family at weekends. There is also the opportunity for occasional boarding, when the needs of modern life require that parents are away for a short while.
There are two boarding houses for boys - School House and Guilford House - and two for girls - Wesley House and Austen House. Recent investment has brought boarding accommodation here up to an exceptional standard. All have houseparents who are responsible for the welfare of each boarder, assisted by resident tutors. For the houseparents the boarding house is their family home, and this helps maintain the friendly and tolerant atmosphere which was highly praised in the most recent Inspection report. A further benefit is the availability of the school's medical centre which is manned 24 hours a day.
Junior boarders are normally accommodated in small dormitories of up to 4 children, while 6th Form boarders are allocated a study bedroom of their own wherever possible. In each boarding house there are Common Room facilities for all pupils. These include TV rooms, kitchen areas and games areas. A wide range of activities is available at the weekend, and this can include trips to the theatre and to London, and shopping expeditions. 6th Form boarders are allowed into town after school and at weekends. Junior boarders need the permission of the houseparent.
There is a set time for prep each evening, which means that all pupils can get on with their work without distraction.
We aim to set just the right balance between close supervision to ensure the safety and protection of each child, and sufficient independence to allow them to enjoy the boarding experience to the full. Parents can choose boarding at Kent College with total confidence in their child's welfare.
Just as Kent College has a Mission Statement and a set of Aims and Values for the school as a whole, so our Boarding Houses have their own policies and objectives, closely reflecting those of the main School.
For full details of all our Boarding Principles and Policies follow the link below to the Boarding Handbook.
Boarding Handbook Document (Microsoft Word document, 637k)
The word ' Education ' derives from the Latin word meaning ' leading out ' and this concept is one that informs everything we do at Kent College. Our pupils get every possible encouragement to develop whatever natural talent they have been born with, and our staff delight in seeing these talents blossom under their guidance.
There is an outstanding sporting tradition at Kent College, and this is enormously helped by the quality of our sports facilities, including an all-weather artificial hockey pitch. Standards of coaching are high and this is reflected in a series of regional and national titles won by Kent College teams.
But sport is only part of the experience at Kent College. The visual and performing Arts are just as important, and each year sees a wide variety of plays, concerts and exhibitions. Scholarships are available for Music and Art, as well as for Sport and academic studies.
There is an exciting range of activities for the students to pursue at lunchtime, after school and, if they wish, on Saturday mornings. We even have our own farm, and our Young Farmers club has a proud tradition of winning prizes at the Kent County Show.
All this supports our objective of sending out into the world confident, responsible and compassionate young people, who know their strengths and weaknesses and are bursting with enthusiasm to use all the talents that the school has fostered.
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