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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 Coeducational Day & Boarding
Founded 1885
Status Private
Executive Head Dr David Lamper
Language of Instruction English
Number of pupils 790
Number of boarders 215
Day fees per annum £3,703 - £6,665 per term
Boarding fees per annum £8,965 - £12,339 per term
Average Class Size 15, max 18
Authorised IB Programmes IBDP
Diploma Coordinator Mr Graham Letley
Associations HMC,BSA,IB

Kent College Facilities

Kent College sits on the outskirts of the historic city of Canterbury on an 80 acre campus. As well as boasting 26 acres of sports fields, the school has a working farm where students can join the Farm Club or receive riding lessons. We have recently completed the Great hall, a 600 seat state of the art auditorium for worship and the performing arts.


Kent College offers a full range of IB subjects for study over the two years of the Diploma. We also offer a very popular pre IB course in Year 11, this allows students to get a taste of their IB options. Our IB results are consistently very high with students achieving an average points score of 37 for the last 4 years, placing the school in the top 10 Independent IB schools in the UK and 7 points above the world average. The ISI Inspection in February 2015 compared our results as "exceptional in comparison to worldwide averages".

Many of our students gain the bilingual diploma as they are able to study literature courses in their first language alongside the main programme. All our Diploma candidates gained places at their first choice universities including Oxbridge, top London Universities alongside other European Universities.

We are very flexible when it comes to constructing the timetables for Diploma candidates and encourage applicants to identify courses and subjects they wish to study even if we do not offer them as we 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. Class sizes are small - generally between 8-14. The school also offers A Level, GCSE and IGCSE.

IB Scholarship

The IB scholarship is awarded to students studying the International Baccalaureate and is worth up to 50% remission of tuition fees.

As an IB scholar, we expect you to demonstrate your enthusiasm and excitement for the IB, this may be by helping with presentations about the IB or showcasing your work to potential IB students - you will be an advocate for the IB. You must maintain high levels of effort and achievement throughout the IB course.

Application process: you must produce two pieces of written work and attend a short interview. The first report (maximum 300 words) should explain why you particularly want to study the IB. The second (maximum 1,000 words) 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 short interview focuses on the content of the two written reports.

The two pieces of written work must be submitted together electronically to the Deputy Head (Mr Letley) gletley@kentcollege.co.uk. International students should contact Mr Letley directly about submitting the application.

Extra Curricular

The academic life of the IB student is complemented with a rich and diverse extracurricular programme. There are large numbers of clubs and societies for every interest and new ones established each year to meet the changing desires of our students. National representation in sport is common with equally high standards in music and drama, there is simply something for everyone at Kent College.

Pastoral Care

The pastoral system in the school is highly valued and central to our ethos as a Methodist school, the family atmosphere and supportive environment in the boarding and day school community means that well rounded global citizens leave the school on graduation from the IB. The majority of students are British but the school's students represent over 40 different nationalities. The school operates a strong pastoral network from House Parents to Tutors and Heads of Year that ensures all students receive the wrap around care that they need to flourish academically and to grow into confident young adults.