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    Kent College Canterbury

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Methodist

    Roll: 383 Boys / / 362 Girls

    Age Range: 0-18 Years

    Founded: 1885

    Location Description

    Kent College is set in a delightful 80 acre semi-rural location with 200 acres of adjoining ancient woodland. The idyllic campus overlooks the historical city of Canterbury in the South-East of England. Close to Europe by Eurostar and with London only 57 minutes away by train, Gatwick airport 70 minutes by car and Heathrow and Stansted 1 hour 30 minutes, it is ideally situated for international travel.

    School Contact Details

    Whitstable Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 9DT

    Tel: 01227 763231



    Kent College provides inspirational arts provision. In Drama, the Chapel doubles as a performance venue, and has well-equipped theatre facilities, including a computerised lighting system and sophisticated sound equipment, while the brand new Drama Studio is a flexible and well-equipped dedicated facility for small-scale performances, rehearsals, workshops and classes. The Art Department offers art, craft and design; through drawing, painting, print-making, 3D work, mixed media and digital imaging and photography. Students benefit from their own studio space, educational visits to galleries and museums and working with visiting artists. Their work is also exhibited at both local and national Art Galleries. Many pupils learn a musical instrument.

    The Senior Choir and Choral Society join forces each year, with recent performances including Mozart’s Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana and Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man. The Kent College Choristers have enjoyed many successes in national competitions. Our choirs have toured to Germany, Austria, Italy and Poland and Czech Republic. The department promotes a series of informal Teatime and Lunchtime Concerts and the annual Band Night is always a highlight for our Rock and Pop groups. Each year a number of productions are staged in collaboration with the Drama Department. These have included And Can It Be; Harry Rings Lord of The Potters and most recently we have organised a number of virtual productions which have included Lockdown Island; Spies Up Your Life and The Lost.

    Kent College is one of only a few schools in the UK that can boast a well developed, working farm within its school campus. The School Farm extends to over 50 acres. We farm a wide range of livestock, including a breeding herd of Sussex Cattle, a small flock of Texel Sheep and a free range pig enterprise. The equine centre provides both livery and riding facilities for pupils. A range of livery options are available for pupils who wish to bring their own horse or pony to School. The Equine Centre is also home to a number of ponies, who are available for riding lessons at all levels.

    The sports facilities include a fully equipped Sports Hall – dance studio, squash courts and teaching room. On site facilities include a rugby pitch; floodlit Astroturf, cricket square and nets; 4 grass and 16 hard tennis courts; and 3 netball courts. On campus facilities include grass athletics track and jumps area, football pitch; a cricket square and 3 rugby fields.We also use excellent nearby facilities such as Boughton Golf Club.

    A select number of pupils benefit from a specialist Dyslexia Unit. Pupils are given individual support and direction so that they can progress easily through the school. The International Baccalaureate Diploma runs alongside A-levels in the Sixth Form.

    Around a third of pupils are boarders. Over 40 countries are represented in our boarding population. Junior boarders are normally accommodated in dormitories of up to 4 children. Sixth Form boarders are allocated a study bedroom of their own wherever possible.

    Courses offered at Kent College are GCSE, Pre Sixth Form, IB, A-Level and Cambridge Technicals.



    Day. Pre-Reception: from £741 per term (i full day/week)

    Reception – Year 6: £3,529- £5,553 per term. Years 7-13: £5,797 – £6,665 per term.

    Weekly Boarding. Years 3-6: £7,122 per term. Years 7-13: £7,479- £10,981 per term.

    Full Boarding. Years 3-6: £8,967 per term. Years 7-13: £8,967 – £12,339 per term.

    Occasional boarding: £50 per night.

    Short term boarding available for half a term upwards in Years 3 to 9.

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