Kent College (Pembury)
Set in 75 acres of parkland, Kent College boasts two obvious feel-good benefits for its pupils: a secure, natural environment ideal for living and learning, and spectacular views of the Kent countryside. London is only 40 minutes away by train, while the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells is just three miles from the College.
Boarders over the age of ten from over 20 different countries reside at the College. A clear moral framework results from the School’s belief in Christian principles; pupils respect one another and they are well-mannered.
Contemporary facilities designed by some of the world’s best architects include homely boarding houses, a theatre, state-of-the-art Library & Arts Centre with coffee shop (opened in 2013), large sports hall, music school, fitness suite, dance studio, on-site outdoor ‘adventure course’, science laboratories, indoor swimming pool and many IT suites scattered around the campus. Sixth-formers have their own study centre.
Scholarships and admissions
Main intakes for boarders are at age 10, 11, 13 and 16. Bursaries and scholarships are available for academic subjects, drama, music, sport and art.
An ambitious approach
GCSE and A-level results are among some of the most impressive in the country, and pupils have an excellent record when it comes to being accepted by high-achieving universities to do a variety of courses, from engineering to medicine. A broad curriculum, which is complemented by hardworking and forward-thinking specialist staff who have an eye for innovative ways to bring the curriculum to life, serve to encourage and inspire independent learning. Kent College is renowned for being a top-performing arts and sport centre, with pupils competing at national level in a variety of disciplines.
Being a busy and vibrant school, activities and trips are organised with harnessing community spirit in mind, whether it be a theatre trip to London’s West End, a barbecue lunch or an Arts Festival. A diverse range of over 60 activities from scuba-diving to beekeeping are held at different times of the day and on weekdays and weekends. Students are able to discover new skills and talents and hone existing ones. International sport and drama tours, as well as exciting exchanges to Australia, Europe and America, are a crucial part of life at Kent College. A successful set of Academies also exist at the College which focus on excellence in gymnastics, the performing arts and swimming.
‘During my time at KC I laughed more than ever before, made many close friends and was made to feel hugely appreciated. I was endlessly encouraged to achieve my potential academically.’
Kent College former pupil