Kent College, Pembury
Kent, United Kingdom
About Kent College, Pembury
Founded in Folkestone in 1886, Kent College was recognised at the outset for being ‘the most forward-looking school of its time’, something we still embody today. We are an independent day and boarding school from 3-18 years. Our Forest Explorers Nursery is for girls and boys from rising 3 years. Boys can currently join Reception and Year 1, and from September 2023 Year 2 and each subsequent year group as the Prep School gradually moves to a co-educational school by 2027. The Senior School is girls only from ages 11-18 years. Since 1939, Kent College has been located in 75 acres of beautiful countryside in Pembury, on the outskirts of Tunbridge Wells. The school campus enjoys excellent facilities, including two indoor sports halls, indoor swimming pool (due to be completed in 2023), floodlit Astro, state of the art 200 seat theatre, modern science block, art studios and a Sixth Form centre.
To be the school of choice for its forward thinking, creative and adventurous approach to life and learning.
- To maximise the academic achievement of all pupils whilst equipping them to make a purposeful contribution as global citizens.
- Place physical, spiritual and mental wellbeing at the heart of school life.
- To attract, retain and appropriately remunerate high quality staff.
- Develop our facilities to ensure that we are providing outstanding opportunities for the pupils.
- Ensuring the financial security of the school through strong stakeholder engagement, careful cost controls and additional opportunities for revenue generation, whilst being mindful of our obligations to widen access and fulfil Public Benefit requirements.
Katrina Handford (Head) Salli Hall (Head of Prep School)
Nursery and Prep School
The Prep School is a friendly, caring and happy school with a current roll of over 130 pupils aged 3 to 11 (Nursery – Year 6). The majority are day pupils with a small number of boarders. In addition to the core subjects of English, Maths and Science, all of the pupils in Key Stage 2 study Geography, History, Art, DT and RE. ICT is taught from Year 1 upwards. There are specialist teachers in Music, French, Drama and PE, and Mandarin is taught in Year 6. Class sizes in KS1 and KS2 are normally a maximum of 18. Each year, a number of pupils apply for and are awarded scholarships to the Senior School, and around two thirds of Year 6 pupils move up to the Senior School.
Senior School and Sixth Form
The Senior School has around 400 day and boarding pupils. Boarders make up 20% of the total school and come from all over the world. Entry at 11 and 13 is by the GL CAT4 test and the school accepts pupils with a range of academic abilities, with approximately half of our KS3 intake within the top 25% of the national ability range. Kent College offers a choice of over 26 GCSE subjects, with group sizes usually between 3 and 18. Most pupils complete 10 GCSEs or IGCSEs, but there is the opportunity to take more or less depending on interest or need. Students are also accepted for entry at 16+ and there are approximately 100 pupils in the Sixth Form. We offer around 27 subjects at A Level. BTECs are on offer in PE, Drama and Computer Science. Class sizes in the Sixth Form normally range between 3 and 12.
Extra Curricular Activities (ECA)
Kent College places a strong emphasis on extra-curricular activities and has a flexible and innovative lunchtime and evening programme of prep and activity sessions. All pupils are encouraged to plan the use of their time so that they follow a balanced programme of academic work and extra-curricular activities. The pastoral care in the school is very strong and all staff are highly involved in wellbeing and general pastoral matters. All teaching staff are required to be involved in at least one ECA and most do more than this, as both subject and general ECA’s are available.
"The curriculum is excellent; it shows great breadth, effectively covers all the appropriate areas of learning, whilst suiting all abilities and needs. Pupils…are thoughtful and compassionate, with a well-developed understanding of right and wrong and a high degree of emotional maturity. Leadership and management, and also governance, are excellent.”