The Senior School takes children from the age of 11 to 18. It is predominantly day but with a strong and fully integrated boarding community. Offering the IB and A Levels in the Sixth Form the school has a very strong academic track record. Virtually all students go onto their first choice universities. Boarding is offered throughout and with London only 50 minutes away, Kent College is able to offer a rural alternative. Bespoke timetabling is key with students being catered for on an individual basis.
About the school
You only have to look at the latest news articles to see how diversity is encouraged at Kent College. Small class sizes and attention to progress are key to the high academic standards at the school. IB results placed the school in the top ten nationally last year. The excellent class room provision is supplemented by an extensive array of extra curricula opportunities. The school has its own farm where equine studies are available. The extensive playing fields and expert coaching team ensure that our sporting prowess is well known. Drama and music play a large part in every day life of the school and opportunities to perform are very frequent. With London only 50 minutes away weekly boarding is an attractive option for busy London families. This is a school with a rich tradition while staying right at the front of educational advancements. A complete education from the age of 3 to 18.
Kent College has a long tradition of recognising and rewarding outstanding ability by awarding scholarships for academic achievement, the IB Diploma (Year 12 only), and in Art, Design (Years 9 and 12 only) Drama, Music and Sport. Scholarships are designed to attract talented pupils from all backgrounds who would benefit from the unique educational experience offered by Kent College. The school undertakes to nurture and develop a scholar’s talent; in return scholars are expected to make a significant contribution to school life.
Scholarships are offered to pupils at Year 7 (age 11+), Year 9 (age 13+) and Year 12 (age 16+). As a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference (HMC), the group of schools that includes the top independent schools in the country, it is agreed that the maximum amount of scholarship available will be 50% of tuition fees. It is possible to be awarded a scholarship in more than one area but the maximum overall value will not exceed 50%. Means-tested bursaries may also be offered in addition to scholarships, and further information is available from the Admissions team firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01227 813906
School fees at Kent College are as inclusive as possible and extras are kept to a minimum. The policy at Kent College is that the fees structure should be clear, straightforward and transparent, avoiding wherever possible the levying of additional charges.
Mark Turnbull appointed the new Head of Kent College, Canterbury
Mr Mark Turnbull has been appointed as the new Head of Kent College, Canterbury and will take up the position in January 2022 following the retirement of Dr David Lamper. Mark is currently the Head of Giggleswick School.
2nd July 2021 — Kent College, Canterbury has announced the appointment of Mark Turnbull as the new Head of the school.
Mark is currently the Head of Giggleswick School where he has been for the last seven years and is highly regarded in the independent schools' sector.
As a boy, Mark attended Marlborough College and went on to study a BA in Geography at Liverpool University, subsequently completing an MA at the University of London.
His first teaching role was at Sevenoaks School where he went on to become Head of Boarding.
In 2008 he became the Deputy Head of Eastbourne College before taking up the Headship at Giggleswick in 2014.
Mark said: "I am aware of the huge legacy of David Lamper and I am excited to lead the College as it enters the next stage of its growth and development."
Mark puts particular emphasis on the importance of the individual student and building their love of learning.
He is committed to empowering people to make change, to ensuring all go the extra mile to create a supportive environment and to creating a collaborative, open and supportive culture.
Originally from Kent and a strong sportsman, Mark will be joined by his wife Ruth, who is looking forward to taking an active role in school life, and he has three adult children.
Mark Turnbull will be taking up the position of Head in January 2022 though he will be attending a number of events at the school during the Autumn term.
Kent College celebrates three years as Headline Sponsor of Canterbury Festival
2020 marked the third year of Kent College’s Headline Sponsorship. With a shared passion for musical and academic excellence, Kent College has helped the Festival to develop emerging artists and showcase the very best in performance.
30th November 2020 — Canterbury Festival 2020 succeeded against the odds, delivering over 50 socially distanced events over two weeks from 17th to 31st October. This would not have been possible without the support and generosity of organisations that share the Festival’s vision and values in extremely challenging times.
Head Dr David Lamper said: “We are delighted to be associated with the Canterbury Festival and we applaud the organisers for their courageousness in ensuring the event happened this year. It was so appreciated by the community.”
2020 marked the third year of Kent College’s Headline Sponsorship. With a shared passion for musical and academic excellence, Kent College has enabled the Festival to develop emerging artists, showcase the very best in performance, deliver community participatory projects and provide opportunities for young people to explore and develop their creative talent.
Launching in 2018 and continuing annually, the Kent College Lecture has proven to be a highlight of the Festival’s Talks programme. Expert speakers have included award-winning architect Ptolemy Dean, the BBC's Sky at Night presenter Chris Lintott and most recently author and physicist Jim Al-Khalili. These engaging events have provided a unique opportunity for both general audiences and Kent College students to hear directly from and engage with experts in their fields. Pupils were invited to attend all events and take part in exclusive Q&A sessions.
In 2019 Kent College opened the doors to their stunning new concert hall, The Great Hall. Canterbury Festival held several events in the space in 2019 and a further nine in 2020. The venue was a hit with artists and audiences alike, who gave glowing feedback on its contemporary design, satisfying acoustics and excellent accessibility. The Great Hall welcomed national and international acts including classical ensembles Classico Latino, the Sacconi Quartet and Festival Chamber Orchestra; flamenco virtuoso Eduardo Niebla; theatre and performance companies Bumper Blyton, Graffiti Classics and Mig Kimpton; as well as a series of speakers including Kadie Kanneh-Mason who joined Executive Head of Kent College Dr David Lamper for an insightful and inspiring talk.
In addition to live public events, the Great Hall also played a crucial part in the Festival’s digital activities – hosting the 2020 Young Musicians’ Bursary Competition Final. Five talented young musicians performed on the Great Hall stage and received feedback from the Festival’s judges. Each performance was filmed and released digitally during the Festival between 19th and 23rd October. These films demonstrate why supporting young musicians is so important.
As part of the Festival’s year-round participatory work pupils have also taken part in a number of projects including the Festival’s Schools’ Poetry Competition and Made In Kent Project – which both featured a series of classroom workshops led by Festival practitioners. The Festival also actively engaged in Kent College activities and were delighted to support their 2019 and 2020 Arts Week events.
Both organisations are extremely proud of the partnership. The Covid-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on both education and the arts, however it is clear that as we move forward, creative development, collaboration and participation are more important than ever.
Kent College is pleased to announce that Mr Simon James has been appointed Head of the Junior School at Kent College following the retirement of Mr Andrew Carter who had been the Headmaster for 20 years.
20th July 2020 — Kent College is pleased to announce that Mr Simon James has been appointed Head of the Junior School at Kent College following the retirement of Mr Andrew Carter who had been the Headmaster for 20 years and who has overseen the successful growth and development of the Junior School including the launch of the Garden Cottage Nursery for babies from 0 up to 3 years in 2018.
Mr James will take up the position at the start of this Autumn Term in September. He is presently the Deputy Head at the Junior School and has been a teacher at Kent College since 2008 where his roles have included Head of Economics and Business and House Parent for Guilford Boarding House at the Senior School.
Mr James is passionate about individualised education at all levels given his experience in both the primary and secondary sectors. He loves to travel with his family, embracing different cultures and cuisines and has a keen interest in sport. Mr James has ambitious plans for the future of the school beginning with the opening of Sydney Cooper Art Studio and extending the GREAT (Gifted Really Enthusiastic and Talented) programme to Early Years and Key Stage 1 where specialist teachers provide a carousel of additional subjects. He will also drive the outdoor learning experiences in the idyllic grounds of the school.
Mr James said: “I am delighted to succeed Andy Carter as the Head who I have worked closely with for the last few years. Kent College Junior is a special school that has played an incredibly important part in the lives of so many. I am excited to preserve the essence of what makes the school unique and lead the school through the next exciting stage of its development.“
The average score was 35 points, which, when translated into UCAS (university entrance) points is similar to the number of points awarded for straight As at A level. This score is likely to place Kent College amongst the top IB schools in the UK agai
8th July 2020 — Kent College students have benefited from daily scheduled interactive lessons delivered remotely, using Google Classroom and Google Meet throughout the lockdown. These sessions included elective activities for years 11 and 13, once they had completed the work for their exam courses, as well as online sports coaching, choir rehearsals and dramatic performances. Term ended at the end of last week with a virtual prize-giving and results for the IB diploma were received over the weekend.
The average score was 35 points, which, when translated into UCAS (university entrance) points is similar to the number of points awarded for straight As at A level. This score is likely to place Kent College amongst the top IB schools in the UK again this year.
Kent College offers both the IB Diploma for sixth form students as well as a more traditional programme of A levels. Students entered for the IB diploma programme study a combination of English, mathematics, science, languages, humanities and an arts subject. They choose three subjects at a higher level and three at standard level and sit exams in each after two years. Marks are awarded in each from 1 to 7, the highest being 7. All candidates must follow three “core” programmes to broaden their education and develop their understanding: the theory of knowledge and an extended essay of 4,000 words. Together three further marks are awarded for both. The maximum number of points is therefore 45. Students who achieve at least 24 marks, and have completed voluntary and practical work, known as creativity, action and service, are awarded the IB Diploma.
Former Head Girl, Abby Cox scored a perfect 45 points for the Diploma and will read Human, Social and Political Sciences at Magdalene College, Cambridge University. A number of other top universities accessed this year including, King’s, Imperial and University Colleges, London; Warwick, Edinburgh, Exeter and Bristol to read subjects as diverse as Medicine, Law, International Business and Robotics. Every candidate passed and a number of students achieved a bilingual diploma and will move on to top European universities. These results are among the best at Kent College, which is regularly noted in the top 10 IB schools in the UK.
Executive Head, Dr David Lamper said,
‘I am delighted for the students who have worked hard and done so well in achieving places at top universities, and I am grateful to colleagues for their efforts to make sure that a full programme of lessons and activities continued during the lockdown period.
KC U18 Girls place 4th in National Hockey Championships.
Kent College U18 girls have placed 4th in the country after a very competitive T3 Semi Final at the Investec United Kingdom Girls School Championships.girls’ hockey team have worked incredibly hard this season, earning the
9th March 2020 — Kent College's U18 girls’ hockey team have worked incredibly hard this season, earning them a place in the Investec United Kingdom Girls School Championship finals at Lee Valley.
After a sterling performance, unfortunately hindered by a key player's broken collar bone, the girls lost to Leeds Grammar School (3-1). The games were all very competitive with a very high level of performance displayed by all teams.
The girls came home with a 4th place medal which is an amazing result, being placed in the top four schools in the country – even more so considering this is such a young team.
Kent College is very proud of this achievement and such a great display of teamwork between the girls.
Local artists, Total Pap, renowned for papier mache and linocut creations are visiting Kent College for a talk and exhibition during the School’s 2020 Arts’ Week.
15th January 2020 — Local artists, Total Pap, renowned for papier mache and linocut creations are visiting Kent College for a talk and exhibition during the School’s 2020 Arts’ Week.
Kent College are excited to announce that they will be hosting Kentish artists, Total Pap, as part of their 2020 Arts’ Week.
Total Pap are famous for their papier mache and linocut creations (many of these you may have spotted at Canterbury’s Cafe des Amis. Formed in 1990 by Emily Firmin and Justin Mitchell, Total Pap started selling their pieces in Camden Market before moving back to Kent in 1992 residing in Whitstable. The duo have had many exhibitions and were commissioned to design a stamp for Royal Mail. They will be spending two days with students creating and then painting a special piece for Kent College.
This February during Kent College’s Arts’ Week (w/c 10th February), Total Pap will be exhibiting their work within the school’s newly opened Great Hall and will also be presenting a talk discussing all things papier mache as well as their creative journey and the challenge of setting up their own business. The school is offering free tickets to all that would like to attend the talk which is on Tuesday 11th February at 7pm.
So if you have a budding artist in the family or would just like to see some of these fabulous creations, sign up to the event by visiting the link below:
Kent College is a non-selective school and welcomes pupils from all backgrounds. Pupils usually join in Year 7 (11+), Year 9 (13+) or Year 12 (16+), but it is possible to start in other year groups if a place is available. International students may also apply for a Year 11 (15+) pre-Sixth form course.
You can choose between a day place, a full boarding place or one of the various flexible boarding options that are on offer. International students may also apply to join our International Study Centre.
Applicants would normally have a meeting with the Head Master or a member of the Senior Management Team, visit and tour of the school, and meet with the Registrar. All students are required to complete entrance exams before a place can be offered.
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