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The enormous flexibility in timetabling allows pupils to choose up to 12 GCSE subjects in almost any combination. Awareness and testing for dyslexia was commented on by parents - ‘they identified my child within weeks of arriving at Kent College though no one had mentioned it at the old school’. Needing extra help doesn’t seem to have negative connotations here - ‘you can be strong at lots of things even if you find writing difficult’. Fully working farm is a special feature of the school, on the timetable for years 7 and 8 as part of eg science and geography. Year 4s upwards can help with lambing, grooming horses etc..

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What the school says...

Nestling in idyllic surroundings on the outskirts of Canterbury, Kent College offers a fantastic array of opportunities including our own school farm and equine unit. We provide an education for local children plus boarders from 40+ different countries. Boarding arrangements can include a London transport package, giving children the best of both worlds: an excellent education in the Kent countryside and quality time with parents at the weekend. Our own school buses bring students in from all over the county. Working parents can take advantage of the extended school day, with the option of an overnight stay, when the need arises.

All senior school students at Kent College are issued with a laptop, junior pupils have use of ipads.
We are recognised as a world school and offer the International Baccalaureate Diploma alongside A level courses. The IB allows students to pursue more subjects and credits them for the work that they already do in the community and on the sports field. Recent IB results with an average of 37 points place the school in the top 10 nationally.

Our pupils are academically able and also accomplished team players in sport; eloquent musicians; contributors to the school society and beyond; leaders of their own peer group and role models to others. We achieve this by promoting high self esteem, searching out and developing talent, encouraging each to be the best they can and not allowing anyone to be overlooked. Most importantly we celebrate every success. Kent College alumni are found as leaders of their fields in all walks of life!
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Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

Sports

Unusual sports

Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.

Rowing

Fencing

What The Good Schools Guide says

Executive head

Since 2010, David Lamper (50s); studied music at King's College London and then obtained a masters in education followed by a doctorate in education and leadership at the Institute of Education in London. He taught at Dulwich College and at a comprehensive school, and then was head at the Crypt Grammar School in Gloucester for eight years before joining Kent College.

He clearly has vision and is ‘incredibly able’. When he arrived the school had a reputation as being for the ‘naughty and sporty’ but it is now a thriving school with 750 pupils and a waiting list. Under his leadership they have started teaching the IB alongside A levels; have brought in a pre-nursery 0-3 years to feed into the early years; have joined with Lorendon as a...

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

Pupils with identified learning needs are supported either in the dyslexia support centre or through bespoke timetables with an individual specialist learning support teacher. Parents are asked to make any learning needs of their child known during admission so as to best support a child from the beginning of their learning journey. Parents are also involved in decisions as to the specific support needed so that all aspects that distinguish a pupil’s learning profile and all particular needs are identified. All staff within the learning support department hold specialist qualifications and the department can offer individual support to any child including study skills, cross-curricular help, mentoring and specialist learning support.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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