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Kent College, Canterbury

Canterbury, Kent, England

Kent College, Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Kent College, Canterbury

Canterbury, Kent, England


Kent College, Canterbury, Canterbury, Kent, England | Dickinson | British Boarding School Consulting

Kent College is set in 80 idyllic acres overlooking the historic city of Canterbury, only an hour from London by train. The College provides an unfailingly supportive community that nurtures an impressive range of talents and interests, enabling every pupil to realise their full potential. Kent College is part of the Methodist Schools Group, though it happily welcomes pupils of all faiths and none. It is renowned as a particularly friendly and welcoming school with a positive family atmosphere.

At a glance

Age range: 11 to 18
Total no. of pupils: 620 / Boys: 338 / Girls: 282
Percentage of boarders: 33%
Percentage of International pupils: 30%
Pupils in Sixth Form: 186
Average class size: Senior school: 15 / Sixth Form: 12
Sixth Form termly boarding fee: 22/23 £12,883
Top 6 sports:
Boys: Rugby, Hockey, Cross-Country, Tennis, Cricket, Athletics
Girls: Hockey, Netball, Cross-Country, Cricket, Tennis, Athletics
Linked prep/junior school: Yes
Nearest major airports: Gatwick (65km), Heathrow (90km)


At Kent College pupils are given every opportunity and support to achieve academic excellence. Timetables are created individually so each child can specialise and receive accelerated learning opportunities. Tutors are at the heart of the pastoral system and as well as regular target setting and evaluation they are on hand to discuss problems and give advice on the big decisions. The School's average IB score is an impressive 35 whilst on average over 40% of candidates achieve A*/A at A Level.


The 5 boarding houses are each under the guidance of houseparents who live on-site with their families, supported by a house manager and resident tutors. Prefects are assigned to help new joiners settle into their new home and there are regular social events and trips off campus, whilst over 70 different activities are available. All bedrooms have regulated wireless internet and most Sixth Formers have their own rooms, whilst common rooms allow the children to relax and socialise as a family.


Kent College athletes and teams make formidable competitors in any sport, and the school has a strong hockey tradition with regular representatives in national squads. On-site facilities include 3 rugby fields, a floodlit Astroturf for hockey and tennis, a cricket square and nets, 4 grass and 16 hard tennis courts, 3 netball courts, a grass athletics track, a football pitch and a superbly equipped sports hall with a dance studio, squash courts and a teaching room.

Creative arts

The Music department is amongst the best in the country with many pupils learning a musical instrument or joining one of the award winning choirs. Theatre Studies courses are augmented by a lively programme of activities such as theatre trips to London and a variety of productions. The Art department is led by 3 artists providing vibrant teaching and extra-curricular enrichment. Sixth Form students benefit from studio space, working with visiting artists and educational visits.

Did you know?

  • A huge range of extracurricular activities are available during lunch, after school and weekends. These opportunities range from the Duke of Edinburgh Award to debating.
  • Kent College is one of only a few schools that can boast a well developed, working farm on campus. It extends to over 50 acres of pasture, with a wide range of livestock.