Located on the outskirts of the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury, Kent College Canterbury is proud of both of its 130 years of history and tradition, and of its forward-looking, innovative approach to education. Kent College Canterbury is a school deeply rooted in the Christian Methodist tradition that welcomes all pupils of every faith and none and celebrates diversity in all aspects of school life. ‘Do all the good you can do’ is a guiding principle, and one that allows pupils to grow and develop into confident young adults, aware of their responsibilities and their place in the world.
Kent College Canterbury has a reputation as a friendly school. It is most definitely a place where teachers really get to know the pupils and have the time and space to give individual attention, both academically and pastorally. While it is a non-selective school, the students consistently achieve excellent academic results at GCSE, A level, and in the International Baccalaureate.
Kent College Canterbury also offers a wide range of additional support for pupils including English language teaching in an International Study Centre, and a specialist dyslexia unit. The most recent full inspection (in 2015), the Independent Schools Inspectorate judged the school to be ‘excellent’ in every aspect – the highest grade possible.
Sport, Music and Drama all play a major role in our school life and offer opportunities for everyone, from beginners to elite-level performers. Kent College Canterbury also offers a wide-ranging variety of activities and clubs, as well as the opportunity to work on the School Farm. All of these extra-curricular activities feed into the much wider theme that informs everything they do: that young people who feel good about themselves do well, whatever their chosen path may be.
Boarding at Kent College Canterbury
Kent College has a long history of welcoming boarding pupils from abroad, as well as from British families resident in the UK or working overseas. Around a third of pupils at Kent College are boarders, and there are over 40 countries represented in the boarding community. Boarding students bring great richness and diversity to life at Kent College, as well as helping all of the pupils to understand and respect different cultural traditions.
Kent College Canterbury ensures that boarders are fully integrated into all aspects of school life – academic, social, musical, sporting and across the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. The friendly and comfortable boarding houses truly become a ‘home away from home’, and many lifelong friendships are formed in the boarding community.