The King's School Canterbury
Kent, United Kingdom
About The King's School Canterbury
THE KING’S SCHOOL, CANTERBURY is a leading independent co-educational boarding school, situated in the heart of the historic Cathedral city of Canterbury in Kent.
The precincts of Canterbury Cathedral are part of a world heritage site, a centre of pilgrimage and study, and host to over 1 million visitors each year from many different cultures. This international dimension deeply influences the life of the city and the school.
The origins of King’s date back to the arrival of St Augustine in 597 AD and the school’s Christian tradition remains at its heart. Pupils and staff comprise individuals of many different faiths and beliefs. Embracing this diversity, there is a desire to foster fairness, tolerance, courage, perseverance, mutual respect and understanding. The Benedictine tradition of developing mind, body and spirit within a community given to hospitality still influences the life of the Cathedral and the school lives out its life in that context. Thus, academic excellence and scholarship take their place alongside the school’s commitment to physical and cultural endeavour. Sport is strong, with a number of boys’ and girls’ teams at national level. Music and drama are outstanding, both having the finest traditions and producing performances of the highest standards. King’s Week, the school’s own Festival of Creative and Performing Arts, attracts thousands of visitors each summer.
The curriculum at King’s is based upon strong academic roots. It emphasises and relies upon what is best in traditional school education: scholarly excellence supported by a caring pastoral and tutorial system, and a wide-ranging co-curricular programme. The curriculum is continually adapting and reacting to the changing demands of modern education: new subjects are added, new teaching techniques adopted, and there is an increasing awareness of the need to provide programmes of study that match individual needs and skills. The school does not gauge its success by exam results alone but by broader measures of educational attainment and personal development, helping pupils to achieve their potential and equipping them to play an active and responsible role in society as young adults.
The whole school comprises The King’s School, Canterbury and Junior King’s School. In the former, there are currently 821 pupils on the school roll, 453 boys and 368 girls, of 75% whom are boarders. There are 6 boys’ boarding houses, 6 girls’ boarding houses and 3 day houses. Junior King’s, the prep school of King’s, occupies a fine rural site on the banks of the River Stour, in Sturry, 3 miles from Canterbury. There are currently 363 pupils at Junior King’s, 214 boys and 149 girls, of whom 20% are boarders.
The King’s School occupies various sites around the Cathedral and its precincts. Many teaching departments and the majority of houses are in the beautiful ancient buildings around Green Court, on the north side of the Cathedral. To the east of the Cathedral, the St Augustine’s site is home to 5 boarding houses and the magnificent school library. There are two major sites for sport: Birley’s and the Recreation Centre, both within walking distance of the school.
The King's School, Canterbury is in the process of building a high quality residential International College on the prime and recently acquired Malthouse site near Canterbury West railway station. The International College will prepare highly motivated international students in Years 9 to 11 for future schooling in top UK and US schools, whilst inspiring them to contribute to a rich and varied co-curricular programme modelled on the King's ethos. The International Collge will open in September 2017 and rise to a maximum of eighty students. It will be seperately run by the Director of King's International and the Principal, but will be fully part of the wider organisation and extended family of The King's School, Canterbury.