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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 7 years)
Number of pupils 800
Day fees per annum £3,964 - £7,487 per term
Boarding fees per annum £10,072 - £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 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 and Cathedral, is just a short walk away. The Great Hall, a state-of-the-art 600 seat versatile theatre not only hosts our highly regarded school music and drama productions but also hosts the annual Canterbury Festival, the largest Arts event in Kent.

Boarding at KC

We are home to a thriving boarding community with over 200 boarders from 40 different countries. Our experienced House Parents lead a team of Boarding House staff who ensure new students are fully integrated into school life and settle into boarding routines. Evening and weekend activities and trips mean there is always something to do and students benefit from being able to spend time in Canterbury.


Kent College prides itself on offering personalised academic programmes, small class sizes and exceptionally well-qualified and experienced teaching staff. 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.

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.

Next steps

Our Sixth Form Careers and Futures programme prepares students for life after KC. This includes Careers Insights from local professionals as well as work experience and Study Insights that allow students to experience what studying at university will be like. Students are guided through university applications in the UK or around the world as well as being supported on pathways to Oxbridge, Medicine, Engineering and Veterinary Science or a gap year by our Head of Careers. Over 90% of our students get into their first university of choice and over 50% regularly join Russell group universities: the top 24 universities in the UK.

Candidates for an IB Diploma scholarship (Year 12 only) must submit written work to the Deputy Head, Mr. Letley (gletley@kentcollege.co.uk). More details can be found on our website.

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 or join the debating society, photography club, jewellery making or the Duke of Edinburgh programme. In sport, hockey and cricket are strengths, with regular representation by Kent College pupils in the county and national squads.

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. The school 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.