Kent College, Canterbury

Kent

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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Methodist
  • Roll: 360 (Boys) 342 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1885

Facilities

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 full Musical Production is staged in collaboration with the Drama Department, most recently Guys and Dolls and Grease.

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 where 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, whilst 6th Form boarders are allocated a study bedroom of their own wherever possible.

Open Days

2019. Open Morning: Sat. 28th September.

Our doors are always open for new families to have a tour of the school and to meet the Headmaster. We are also happy to invite potential pupils to attend a taster day. To arrange a taster day contact us on admissions@kentcollege.co.uk

Fees

2019/2020. Day. Reception - Year 6: £3,397- £5,444 per term. Years 7-13: £5,598 - £6,288 per term.

Weekly Boarding. Years 3-6: £6,948 per term. Years 7-13: £7,084- £10,598 per term.

Full Boarding. Years 3-6: £8,748 per term. Years 7-13: £8,748 - £11,876 per term.

Occasional boarding: £50 per night. Short term boarding available for half a term upwards in Years 3 to 9.

Reports

ISI Inspection reports 2015

School Contact Details

Headteacher:

Executive Head Master: Dr David Lamper.

Senior School Head Master: Mr Julian Waltho

Contact for enquiries: Mrs Soraya Botha, Registrar

Kent College, Canterbury
Whitstable Road
Canterbury
Kent
CT2 9DT

[t]: 01227 763231
[w]: www.kentcollege.com

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 50 minutes away by train, it is ideally situated for international travel.

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School News

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Kent College opened it’s Farm gates to the public for the inaugural Farm Open Morning on Saturday 11th of May. Pupils at Kent College are

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incredibly lucky to have access to the school’s full working farm, set in 50 acres of grazing land bordering the ancient Blean woods.

The Farm hosted over 300 visitors from Kent College and the local community creating a wonderful family atmosphere. Visitors experienced an array of what Kent College has to offer from archery, art activities, a farrier at work, folk music, fete games, pond dipping, pony rides, sheep shearing and a show jumping display. The school’s Farm Club students were on hand to show visitors the wide range of animals including sheep, rabbits, calves, goats and guinea pigs. The ducklings and baby chicks were a big hit but the highlight of the day was the surprise birth of twin lambs! The school held a ‘Name the lamb’ competition and the twins have been named Wiggle and Fluff.

Visitors could taste Kent College sausages at the BBQ and enjoy our famous chocolate brownies. The School raised £661 in donations on the day for the charity Farms for City Children, which was started by Sir Michael Morpurgo and his wife to provide urban children from deprived areas the chance to visit the countryside and to experience life on a farm.

Moat Farm is a short walk from the main Senior school campus and is open to all pupils from both the Junior and Senior schools. It is equally popular with students who want to be Young Farmers or are aiming to pursue a career such as veterinary science, or with those who simply love the experience of spending time with the wide array of farm animals. Moat Farm also has a riding school and arena, where pupils can learn to ride and to look after the school’s ponies and horses.

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Lucy Strange, who teaches English at Kent College, held a book event to celebrate the recent publication of her second children’s novel,Our Castle By The

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Sea. She addressed Kent College students in Years 7, 8 and 9 who then had the opportunity to purchase a signed copy of the novel.

Selected as ‘children’s book of the month’ by The Times in December and winning January’s Independent Booksellers’ Children’s Book of the Month, chosen by the Booksellers Association’s children’s bookselling group, the pupils of Kent College were enthralled in Lucy’s energetic and entertaining talk.

Our Castle By The Sea is the story of 12-year old Petra, who lives in a lighthouse on the English coast, and whose life is turned upside down when WWII breaks out.

It is Lucy’s second novel for Chicken House Books, following her critically acclaimed debut,The Secret of Nightingale Wood, published in 2016.

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A large number of Kent College students have had an incredible year of sporting achievements.

A large number of Kent College students have had an incredible

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year of sporting achievements.

Year 11 pupil Hugh Scott was selected as one of just 4 boys in Kent to represent the London and East squad in the ECB U17 England Development Programme Super-4s Competition. Taking place over five days at the National Cricket Performance Centre at Loughborough University, off-spin bowler Hugh was one of just 46 boys selected nationally. The tournament is a selection platform for the ECB Under 19 Young Lions squad which tours each Winter, and it was a great achievement for Hugh to be included, as he only turned 16 the week beforehand, making him the youngest participant.

Cross Country runner Teigan Sullivan in Year 9, represented the Kent U15 Girls team coming 11th out of 159 entries in the Southern Inter-counties competition. She lead the Kent contingent home in a tough competition with a strong field of entrants from 13 counties.

In showjumping the Kent College Team won the 1m team showjumping at the NSEA Plate Championships in Keysoe. Year 11 student, Harry Foulds-Brant also went on to win the 1.10m individual competition.

Lower 6th student Adam Lee-Browne has been invited to join the England U18 National hockey squad. He joins a long line of KC players who have been selected for England, including most recently Ailsa Naylor (also Lower 6th) who played for the England U16s last year. Adam started his hockey career in North Wales, playing at school and club and quickly progressing to the U14 North Wales team. When he moved to Canterbury in 2016, Adam joined Canterbury Hockey Club and started working his way through the England Hockey pathway from Junior Development, to playing for the Kent county team, to Performance Centre at Tonbridge. In the summer of 2018 he played at the Futures Cup. In Canterbury, Adam has benefited greatly from the coaching of Australian International Craig Boyne, both at Kent College and at the hockey club where Adam has been playing for the Mens’ 1sts team this season.

Craig commented: “I’ve been fortunate to have coached Adam at Kent College, Canterbury HC and the Tonbridge Performance Centre. His success in selection to the NAGS has been down to his continued dedication, and intense focus on bettering himself as a player at every session he attends. This is a great testament and reward to his hard work and endeavour, and I wish him the best of luck for the upcoming challenge!”

With the school hockey season approaching, the future looks bright for boys’ hockey at KC, with local talent, including Adam, and Oliver Weston (Lower 6th – Performance Centre) as well as international representation from some talented German boarding students.

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Three brave Kent College staff recently climbed the scaffolding tower at the centre of the Great Hall building site. The Kent College Headmaster, Dr David

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Lamper, was joined on the rooftop by the Bursar – Angela Hencher, the school Chaplain – Dr Paul Glass and two members of the building company, W W Martin. At the top of the building Dr Paul Glass blessed the building and the lights of the 10ft Christmas tree, which was secured at the top, were turned on.

Dr David Lamper, Executive Head of Kent College said; ‘At the beginning of Advent and in this season of anticipation, what better time to bless the new Kent College Great Hall during the topping out ceremony to celebrate progress on the marvellous new facility which will open in 2019’.

The purpose engineered space draws on the latest in architectural design having the ability to expand or contract it’s foyer, reducing the seating from 600 to 389 for smaller performances and create space for exhibitions, galleries or entertaining. The building itself has a low-energy passive labyrinth heating and ventilation system, photovoltaic cells and will be built to comply to the highest level of sustainability standards. The Great Hall is another step for Kent College in building a world-class campus and it will be used as a versatile and practical space for the school’s highly regarded drama and music departments and for the wider local community. Kent College is a key sponsor of the Canterbury Festival who will also use the Great Hall as part of the annual events programme in October each year.

The Great Hall will be completed in 2019.

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The book launch of ‘Then Sings My Soul’ Kent College Choristers and their music, written by Rod Spencer, was held at the Kent College Chapel

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on Friday.

The book launch of ‘Then Sings My Soul’ Kent College Choristers and their music, written by Rod Spencer, was held at the Kent College Chapel on Friday. A drinks reception and a short performance by Kent College Choristers past and present took place on Friday 16th November to celebrate the achievements of the Kent College Choristers under the inspirational direction of Jackie Spencer. ‘Then Sings My Soul’ is a splendid book of anthems, carols and songs composed and arranged by Rod Spencer for the Choir. With photographs, names of all the Choristers over the years and their tours and awards- this book will be a repository of musical memories for many families and could make the perfect Christmas gift! The hugely successful Kent College Choristers have achieved an exceptional record of achievements recently with appearances on our TV screens as finalists in the BBC’s 2018 Songs of Praise ‘Junior Choir of the Year’, as well as runners-up in the prestigious Barnardo’s National Choral Competition at London’s Royal Festival Hall. The book is available for £9.99 at the School Office. Payment by either cash or cheque.

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Over the past 8 years Kent College, Canterbury has developed an extraordinary Global Schools partnership with schools and communities in southern Tanzania.

Three teachers at Kent

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College, Canterbury recently visited Masambarawe in Southern Tanzania as part of their remarkable Global School Partnership with schools and communities in southern Tanzania. Over the past 8 years Kent College, Canterbury has developed this partnership with Klerruu Secondary School and Saba Saba Junior School in Iringa, Tanzania with teacher exchanges and student visits.

Groups of pupils and staff have all been in the last 6 months in order to support the extraordinary work that is going on – and in particular to transform the lives of people in a remote rural village by creating a well to provide a consistent water supply.

Part of the outreach has included developing and equipping a school in the remote rural community where Kent College students and their Tanzanian counterparts have decorated the school and provided furniture and the resources to build walls and toilets. On a recent trip, Kent College provided a feast for 300 villagers to celebrate the work done.

So far this term Kent College have raised £2,000 for charitable causes.

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On Friday the 9th of November, the Junior and Senior School community at Kent College gathered together to remember the fallen of the First World

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War.

On Friday the 9th of November, the Junior and Senior School community at Kent College gathered together to remember the fallen of the First World War. To mark the centenary of the Armistice, staff and students at Kent College have been working together to produce an art installation titled ‘to end all wars.’ The project was inspired by a student trip to Ypres in February has been organised jointly by the Art and the History departments. Over the past few months, every member of the Kent College Community, were invited to make a terracotta ‘tile’ that will become part of a large permanent artwork. Each ‘tile’ is slightly curved to resemble part of a shell case (inspired by those the students saw by the trenches during a school trip). The surface of the tiles have been individually decorated in different ways. The tiles could be impressed with a religious symbol, texture created using real pieces of Ypres shrapnel and patterns or a message of remembrance inscribed in the clay. Each tile has been personalised and individualised with a thumbprint and initials. When seen together the tiles create a giant poppy. Tiles have also been made which have been inscribed with the names of the fifty members of the Kent College community that fought and were killed during the war. Headmaster, Julian Waltho and the Head of History, Graham Noble have written a book about the Old Boys of Kent College who died in the conflict called ‘A richer dust concealed’. This is available to buy via the school office. A service of remembrance was followed by members of the school community laying individual tiles to commemorate those from the school who had died in WWI to the sounds of The Last Post.

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Professor Stephen Ho of MacGregor Education Consulting Limited, recently joined Dr David Lamper for a signing ceremony to celebrate the establishment of Kent College Hong

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Kong, which is planned to be opened in September 2020.

“We are delighted to be working with such a well established partner as MacGregor Education Consulting Limited and Professor Stephen Ho, who has great integrity and an international academic reputation. This agreement will form a strong basis for Kent College in Hong Kong, which will reflect the values and ethos of the home school in Canterbury, and will add to the international reputation of the school.” Dr Lamper

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Kent College is celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results following this summer’s examinations. The courses and the grading have changed, the nature of assessments

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has changed with much less emphasis on coursework – but the personalised approach at Kent College has ensured that students achieve a high level of success.

The overall pass rate was 100% and 90% of students achieved 5 GCSEs at 4-9 (the equivalent of A*-C). New records for the school included the number of students who achieved 5 good GCSEs including Maths and English and the very high percentage of top grades achieved. These statistics follow on from the excellent results at A level and IB already announced.

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Kent College students and staff are celebrating another successful year for A level results, with over 67% passed at grades A*-B, and almost half of

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all grades at A* – A.

These results follow an excellent IB performance with this year’s cohort achieving an average score of 37, which matched the best the school has achieved and should keep Kent College in the Top 10 schools in the UK for IB.

On a gloriously sunny Speech Day, the Executive Head Master, Dr David Lamper reported rising rolls, national successes in Engineering, Sport and Music and reflected

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on the high levels of confidence felt in Kent College which has allowed for its biggest ever capital project, the Great Hall. The Marquee was moved this year as the state-of-the-art auditorium is being built opposite the main Victorian buildings on the Whitstable Road.

The lofty crane on site was only dwarfed by the scale of the achievement represented in the results for the IB Diploma: The average score was 37 points, which, when translated into UCAS (university entrance) points is similar to the number of points awarded for straight A*/ As at A level. This score is likely to place Kent College amongst the top IB schools in the UK again this year.

Kent College offers both the IB Diploma for sixth form students as well as a more traditional programme of A levels. Students entered for the IB diploma programme study a combination of English, mathematics, science, languages, humanities and an arts subject. They choose three subjects at higher level and three at standard level and sit exams in each after two years. Marks are awarded in each from 1 to 7, the highest being 7. All candidates must follow three “core” programmes to broaden their education and develop their understanding: the theory of knowledge and an extended essay of 4,000 words. Together three further marks are awarded for both. The maximum number of points is therefore 45. Students who achieve at least 24 marks, and have completed voluntary and practical work, known as creativity, action and service, are awarded the IB Diploma.

Charlotte Letley scored 43 points for the Diploma and has been offered a ‘Bright Sparks Scholarship’ to study Medicine at UEA. She was one of 4 students to score more than 40 points. 5 students achieved a bilingual diploma and every candidate passed. These results match the best at Kent College, which is regularly noted in the top 10 IB schools in the UK.

Executive Head Master, Dr David Lamper said,

‘I am delighted for the students who have worked hard and done so well in achieving places at top universities, and I am grateful to colleagues for their efforts to make sure that the success already enjoyed by A level students is shared with those studying the IB Diploma.’

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On Friday the 27th of April 2018, local dignitaries joined Dr David Lamper, the Executive Head Master of Kent College, Canterbury for the groundbreaking ceremony

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of the Great Hall.

Watched by the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress of Canterbury, the Right Reverend Bishop of Dover, Trevor Willmott led the dedication service while Dr David Lamper cut the sod.

The ceremony marks the start of a year of building on the campus to realise the state-of-the-art 600 seater auditorium. The hall will be used for the whole school to worship and as a versatile and practical space for the college’s highly regarded drama and music departments as well as for being available for use by the local community.

In this vein Dr Lamper announced a new partnership between the school and Canterbury Festival. Kent College will become a key sponsor for the Festival and will host events during the Festival in the Great Hall once it is completed.

Dr David Lamper said “ We are particularly keen to support the rich and diverse programme of events that the Festival brings to the local community and the opportunities it creates for encouraging young talent within the Arts.”

Rosie Turner, Festival Director commented “This is the beginning of a burgeoning relationship with Kent College which will involve us both in arts activity of the highest calibre. There will be performance opportunities for pupils; back-stage access and creative industry training sessions with Festival staff and artists. We are already collaborating on events for the Great Hall’s opening in 2019, when a new musical will be premiered, as the new venue joins the portfolio of buildings the Festival inhabits throughout the city. This October we are delighted that Kent College will both perform in, and sponsor, the Lunchtime Concert series, and we are excited to be collaborating on a highlight of the Kent College Lecture Series – guest speaker to be announced in the Festival programme in early July. We can’t wait to work with the amazing young singers and actors of Kent College.  A gorgeous new theatre/concert hall is the icing on the cake!”

The new sponsorship offers a life-line to the Festival, which lost its regular funding from Arts Council and Canterbury City Council earlier this year. But according to Rosie, it’s “Business as Usual” thanks to Kent College – and other business sponsors – stepping up to help bridge the funding gap.

The Great Hall is another step for Kent College in creating a world class campus. the purpose engineered space has been 3 years in the planning and draws on the latest in architectural design having the ability to expand or contract its foyer, reducing the seating capacity for more intimate performances to create different stage arrangements and varied acoustic properties as well as space for exhibitions, galleries or entertaining. The building itself has a low-energy passive labyrinth heating and ventilation system, photo-voltaic cells and will be built to comply with the highest sustainability standards.

Mike Darling, a Director from WWMartin the highly respected local builders who are managing the construction commented  “WW Martin is delighted to be involved in this exciting new project for Kent College. The construction of a new building with an auditorium for 600 seats will be a challenging project, but one we very much relish. The finished building will be an excellent facility and one that will bring a lot of pleasure to both the pupils and teachers for some considerable time. We very much look forward to working with Kent College over the coming months.”

We will keep you up to date as the plans progress and look forward to welcoming you to a wide variety of future events and activities in the Great Hall.

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Down on the Farm at Kent College, guests gathered with our NSEA Riding team and School Pony Club, led by their Instructor Lisa MIller,

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for the opening of the new Riding Arena.

Dr Lamper, the Executive Headmaster cut the ribbon on a sunny September morning and the students lost no time in enjoying riding and jumping in the new arena.

The Friends of Kent College had provided the wonderful array of new fences for jumping;

from hedges to walls, there was plenty of choice for the enthusiastic young students to fly over with their ponies. The arena was built to exacting professional standards by a local company and is 30 metres by 40 metres, finished with Redhill fine silica sand and a Fexi-Ride Carpet surface. The perimeter interceptor drainage means that it will be able to be used in all conditions.

Kent College currently keep 6 horses at their working Farm. KC, the latest addition was born two years ago on site.The Farm is also home to cows,pigs,sheep,chickens and ducks and is a favourite part of school life with the children who come and visit regularly or participate in Farm Club.

The College operates weekly riding lessons with up to 30 riders a week participating. Hacking is available in the nearby woods and bridleways. Pupils with their own ponies can also use the facilities and the Kent College Riding team compete regularly in the National Schools Equestrian Championships. The school is an approved Pony Club Centre and runs Pony Adventure Challenge activities for the students as well as participating in rides for Charity.

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We are delighted to announce that construction for the Great Hall at Kent College, Canterbury will begin in spring 2018, providing cutting edge facilities for

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worship, concerts and the performing arts.

Following local consultation, planning permission has recently been granted for the state-of-the-art 600 seat auditorium providing space for the whole school to worship, underlining the importance of the Methodist ethos for the school.

The Great Hall is another step for Kent College in building a world class campus and it will be used as a versatile and practical space for the school’s highly regarded drama and music departments and for the wider local community.

The purpose engineered space has been 3 years in the planning and draws on the latest in architectural design having the ability to expand or contract it’s foyer, reducing the seating to 389 for smaller performances and create space for exhibitions, galleries or entertaining. The building itself has a low-energy passive labyrinth heating and ventilation system, photo-voltaic cells and will be built to comply to the highest level of sustainability standards.

The Great Hall project is a reflection of the high level of confidence which the community has in Kent College.  This is due to excellent pastoral care and focus on the development of students as individuals, often requiring bespoke programmes, resulting in impressive success both academically and in other fields; placing Kent College amongst the best schools in the country.

We look forward to welcoming you to a cornucopia of superb concerts and theatrical performances when the Great Hall is completed in 2019.

Dr David Lamper, Executive Head Master

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Kent College is celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results following this summer’s examinations. The courses have changed, the grading has changed for some

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subjects, the nature of assessments has changed with much less emphasis on coursework – but the personalised approach at Kent College has ensured that student success is the same as ever.

The overall pass rate was 100% and most students achieved 5 grades at the equivalent of A*-C. Around 70% of all grades achieved were equivalent to A* – B grades. These statistics follow on from the best ever results at A level and IB already announced.

Students who did particularly well include the following top performers:  Carla Barwick, Harry Blake, Sophie Blummers, Ethan Brien, Emily Brown, Olivia Clarke, Lucia Cortajarena Isasi, Abby Cox, Amanda Cufley, Anousca de Moubray, Jana Dinger, Alistair Figgis, Annabel Jones, Daisy Lee-Browne, Garima Limbu, Juliette Packard, Theo Pilkington, Noah Radcliffe-Adams, Eloise Rondhout, Yoshinobu Saji, Kieran Shave, Shreyashi Thapa, Phoebe Watton.

Executive Head Master Dr David Lamper said,

“The pupils have achieved an excellent set of results in spite of the changes to courses and assessments, and so have secured sound foundations for the next stage in their educational career. On top of wonderful A level and IB results, our students can be very proud of their achievements. Congratulations to them and to all of my colleagues for the hard work which makes excellent results like these possible”

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