Kent College Pembury

About Kent College Pembury

Kent College, Pembury

Kent College Pembury is a boarding and day school, where every girl is treated as an individual and valued for her own unique strengths, talents and ambitions. Girls are encouraged to work hard and balance their academic studies with a full extra-curricular programme so they achieve their personal best in all areas of school life.

Kent College Pembury strongly believes that ability is not fixed and that girls have the potential to grow and develop throughout their school life and beyond. It is the supportive and kind atmosphere of Kent College Pembury that gives the girls the courage and confidence to make mistakes and persevere; for no matter what your ability, your effort is what ignites ability and turns it into accomplishment. The School prides themselves on understanding each girl, working with her and her family and tailoring her learning to her individual needs: offering a truly bespoke education.

The beautiful grounds inspire girls and staff alike, providing an environment to stretch and develop both physically and personally. The Christian foundation focuses all they do to foster a spirit of kindness and community where they embrace those of all faiths and none.

An education at Kent College Pembury starts as you learn about the person your daughter is now and ends when she leaves us as the young woman she aspires to be. The girls fully embrace life at Kent College Pembury, with opportunities to travel and engage with the global community. The girls emerge with the confidence and skills to make a difference to the world around them.

Boarding at Kent College Pembury

Kent College Pembury is a vibrant and exciting place with a strong sense of community and superb pastoral care. Boarding is central to the school’s life and Christian ethos and is one of its great strengths. They are very fortunate to have such a close-knit boarding community at the heart of the school. Girls are able to be full or weekly boarders. They also have a very popular flexi-boarding community for day pupils which the parents find to be an invaluable service and which embodies the 24/7 life of the school.

Girls thrive in the beautiful, rural grounds and outstanding care and nurturing. We believe that the family atmosphere present in the boarding houses has an extremely positive effect on all of the girls and staff here.

Boarders at Kent College learn to respect their own and other people’s property, the importance of being kind and courteous and taking responsibility for one’s own actions. The spiritual development of the boarders is also an important part of their ethos; in an increasingly individualistic world, these qualities stand boarders in good stead.

Above all, Kent College is a vibrant and welcoming community, where individuals are valued for who they are and the sound of laughter reverberates throughout the School with an adventure to be had every day.



Type of School Girls only independent day and boarding school
School Address Kent College Pembury, Old Church Rd, Pembury, Tunbridge Wells TN2 4AX
Number of Pupils 514
Number of Boarders 67
International Boarders 52
Age Range 11-18
Religious Tradition Methodist
Distance from Airports

London Gatwick: 36 miles; London Heathrow:  57 miles

Distance from London

61 miles. Less than 1 hr by train.

School Links

Kent College Prep: nursery and prep school

Educational Programmes

2 year GCSEs, A levels.

Co-Curricular Programmes

We want your daughter’s experiences at KC to be rich, varied, stimulating and fun – outside the classroom as well as inside. We want her to find as many things as possible which motivate her, enable her to connect more strongly with the wider world, and help her to engage and develop a real passion.

There is much more than the statutory academic curriculum on offer for KC girls with a programme of community events, the Kent College Academies, as well as our extensive extra curricular programme provided throughout the week. The school is a hub of activity after lessons end with a varied and exciting programme of over 100 extra curricular activities.

The school has an impressive and diverse range of lunchtime and after school activities of which there are currently over 100 specialising in all areas of the curriculum as well as the more unusual such as film-makers club, Zumba dance, horse riding, cake-making and Eco Club to name a few. These all help to offer additional scope for students to discover their individual strengths and abilities.

The activities give the girls opportunities to watch Spanish films, study astronomy, learn about and debate current affairs, set up a company as part of the Young Enterprise scheme or study the social, economic and political realities of different countries in preparation for the Model United Nations conference. Further challenges are taken up by those joining the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.

Almost every school has an annual school magazine but at KC it is the girls who write and edit the articles and get involved in the design. It is also the girls who are driving an ethical Fair Trade initiative which campaigns for the school to purchase more fair trade products to support disadvantaged producers in the developing world.

Specialisms: Classics, Dance, Gymnastics, Science, Sport

Academies Offered

Kent College is committed to providing excellent enrichment opportunities where girls can perform at their best in an enjoyable and rewarding environment.  With this in mind, over the last three years the school has established a set of Academies which focuses on providing outstanding teaching in weekend and holiday workshops.

Kent College Gymnastics academy, Kent College Theatre Academy, Kent College Swimming Academy.