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There's nowhere to doss, nowhere to hide. You come here, you work. If you want to mess about, you go out. And they do. Ken High Street, the park, cafés and shops - it's all on the doorstep. Students here don't look like rebels, dropouts or rejects but wholesome and focused - much as at any academic, independent school's sixth form. All relish the social mix and the internationalism. Few such colleges offer the community feel and nurturing to be found here - strengthened by…

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Quality but expensive college located in the heart of Kensington, London. Class sizes never exceed ten. Offers a wide range of subjects with great flexibility in subject combinations. Can organise accommodation in local hostels and host families although not a boarding school.

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Since 1981, Michael (Mike) Kirby BApSc MSC (60s), who founded the college. Mr Kirby read aerospace engineering in Toronto (he retains a soft Canadian burr) and Birkbeck where he did a masters in statistics. Very tall, laconic and seemingly inscrutable, but a warmth and a smile escape him occasionally and the man is momentarily revealed. After 32 years, unsurprisingly, he and his school mirror each other. Focused and clear-sighted, he has made a place where little distracts from work but where the work ethic is underpinned by the sense of support felt by the students. His involvement with the students is integral to the day-to-day running but the touch is light. 'I know a lot of them personally - they can be a bit wide-eyed and innocent but they're just nice kids and they're...

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