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Kent College, Canterbury

Kent College, Canterbury

Whitstable Road, Canterbury, CT2 9DT, UK

+44 (0)1227 763 231



Kent College, Canterbury
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Prep & Senior, Nursery & Sixth Form
Founded 1885
Status Private
Head of Kent College Mr Mark Turnbull
Language of Instruction English
Co-ed Age Range 3 months-18 years (boarding from 8 years)
Number of pupils 800
Day fees per annum £6,511 - £7,487 per term
Boarding fees per annum £8,400 - £13,860 per term
Average Class Size 15, max 18
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Mr Graham Letley
Associations BSA, HMC, ISC, IB

Kent College Campus

The Senior School sits in 80 acres (32 hectares) of land with 26 acres of sports fields, grazing for the school farm and ancient woodland for walking and cross country running. Yet the centre of Canterbury, with its wide selection of shops, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and world-heritage site, within which sits Canterbury Cathedral, is just a short walk away.

The Great Hall, a state-of-the-art 600 seat versatile theatre for the performing arts, worship and concerts also hosts the annual Canterbury Festival, the largest Arts event in Kent. The Great Hall is an important step for Kent College in building a world-class campus, and it is used as a versatile and practical space for the school's highly regarded Drama and Music departments.


Kent College prides itself on offering personalised academic programmes, small class sizes and exceptionally well-qualified and experienced teaching staff. All students are provided with a laptop when they start at the school. Pupils achieve excellent academic results at GCSE, A Level, and in the International Baccalaureate (IB). An average point score of 37 in the IB consistently places Kent College in the top 10 IB schools in the UK. The school also offers a wide range of additional support for pupils, including access to a Learning Support Centre and specialist English language teaching for overseas students in the International Study Centre.

Kent College is very flexible when it comes to constructing the timetables for Diploma candidates and encourages applicants to identify courses and subjects they wish to study even if KC does not offer them as they are able to bespoke most options. Kent College offers outstanding levels of teaching and support for the IB Diploma with additional classes and tutoring available as standard to ensure the very best outcomes for individuals.

The academic life of the IB student is complemented with a rich and diverse co-curricular programme at KC. There are 100 clubs and activities for every interest and new ones established each year to meet the changing desires of our students. National representation in sport is common with equal standards in Music and Drama, there is simply something for everyone at KC.

Candidates for an IB Diploma scholarship (Year 12 only) must submit written work to the Deputy Head, Mr. Letley (deputyheadofseniorschool@kentcollege.co.uk). International students should contact Mr Letley directly about submitting their application. Written work - applicants must submit two reports: 1. (maximum 300 words) which should explain why you particularly want to study the IB. 2. (maximum 1,000 words) which should be an extended piece of writing based on an area of research that you have completed. This might be research based on reading or possibly some form of experiment/investigation. The assessment includes a short interview that will focus on the content of the two written reports.

Beyond the classroom

Kent College has a strong belief in "work hard, play hard" and provides over 100 co-curricular clubs and activities for students who are actively encouraged to participate in two clubs each week. A cornucopia of clubs and societies are available from Archery to Zumba dancing. Students can try many different sports from basketball to rowing and fencing as well as joining the debating society, photography club or jewellery making. The school also runs an active Eco Warriors group and a woodland conservation team as well as the Duke of Edinburgh programme from Year 9 at Bronze, Silver and Gold award level.

Many students join the school's Farm Club and learn to care for animals at our working farm and show them at the Kent Show where they can also join the annual Young Farmers Camp. Horse Riding lessons are also available in the school's riding arena and our NESA team compete in events all over the country.

Pastoral Care

Kent College has a reputation for being a friendly and caring school, and our pastoral structure is designed to give all pupils the support they need from the start of their school career to the day they leave. Our mission is always pupil-centred and to focus on enabling every child to become the best they can be. The Heads of House lead their teams of Tutors and have overall responsibility for the academic and pastoral wellbeing of the pupils in their age groups. All of the Heads of Houses work in close co-operation with the Deputy Head of Wellbeing and Pastoral as well as House Parents, and the Head to ensure that all students receive the care and nurturing they need from the day they arrive to the time they leave Kent College. The school runs a Health and Wellbeing week and believes feelings of wellbeing are fundamental to the overall health of an individual, enabling them to successfully overcome difficulties and achieve their goals in life.