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Kent College, Canterbury

Kent College, Canterbury

Whitstable Road, Canterbury, CT2 9DT, Kent

+44 (0)1227 763 231



Kent College, Canterbury
School type Co-educational Day & Boarding Prep & Senior, Nursery & Sixth Form
Founded 1885
Head of Kent College Mr Mark Turnbull
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
Associations BSA, HMC, ISC, IB

Kent College is an outstanding day and boarding school that celebrates both its 130 years of history and tradition, and its forward-looking, innovative approach to education. It has a reputation as a friendly school, and is most definitely a place where teachers really get to know the pupils, with the time and space to give individual attention, both academically and pastorally. Music, drama and sport all play central roles in the life of the school, and many pupils also enjoy the opportunities provided by the school's Farm and Riding Centre.

Part of the Methodist Schools group, Kent College is deeply rooted in the Methodist tradition that welcomes all pupils of every faith and none. 'Do all the good you can' is a guiding principle, and one that allows pupils to develop into confident young adults, aware of their responsibilities and their place in the world.


The school's location, on the outskirts of the historic city of Canterbury, provides a safe, healthy and beautiful environment for pupils to grow up. The school sits in 80 acres (32 hectares) of land with extensive sports fields, as well as the Farm and Riding Centre. Yet the centre of Canterbury, with its wide selection of shops, restaurants, theatres, cinemas and world-heritage site, within which sits Canterbury Cathedral, is only a 5-minute journey by car. A high-speed train service links Canterbury to London, and the school is within 100 minutes of Gatwick, Heathrow, Stansted and City of London airports.


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. Boarders make up around one third of pupils, and there are over 42 countries represented in the boarding community. The five friendly and comfortable Senior boarding houses truly become a 'home away from home'. The school also offers weekly and occasional boarding.

Academic Success

The bespoke approach to the curriculum differentiates the college's approach and ensures highly personalised teaching resulting in excellent results. The school regularly ranks in the top 10 small cohort schools for the International Baccalaureate with an average score of 37 for the last 7 years. 75% of students achieve A* - B at A Level and 98% of students regularly go to their first university of choice.

Beyond the classroom

The performing arts are a particular strength at Kent College, with an impressive line-up of vocal and instrumental ensembles, and many opportunities to perform for all ages and abilities. The Great Hall is an impressive 600-seat auditorium that allows students to gather for worship and to showcase their musical, theatrical and performance talents within a world-class theatre. In sport, the aim is to provide something for every pupil, from recreational sport and promoting fitness to top-level coaching for our elite players. Kent College teams make formidable competitors in any sport. Hockey and cricket are a particular strength with regular representation by our pupils in county, regional and national squads. The school's scholarship programme offers talented individuals individual support in art, design, drama, music and sport. There is also a wide-ranging list of activities and clubs on offer for all pupils, including a full Duke of Edinburgh programme, horse riding and Farm Club at the School Farm.