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There is an ethos of industriousness, collaboration and celebrating individual talents within the creative arts. Our guides were bursting with pride about friends’ achievements. The Countess of Wessex 200-seat theatre sees some serious action with two slick productions a year – some of them double cast from senior and junior for maximum participation and ‘all-hands-on-deck’. We observed dance showcase preparations, where...


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Kent College is classed as a hidden gem in Kent, it is ideally placed amongst safe, 75 acre rural parkland, close to national and international transport networks and the Euro Tunnel. 'Kent College has been everything we would have hoped for; It has helped make our daughter into a lovely compassionate young lady, who is equipped to enter the next phase of her life. She will hopefully achieve the career she desires and for this we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.' Kent College Parent

Caring for the individual is the essential ingredient in our ethos and we offer unusual and exciting opportunities both within the classroom and as extra-curricular activities including bee keeping, ballet, horse riding, ceramics workshop, photography, gymnastics and debating. Our Christian foundation focuses all we do in a spirit of community and kindness and we embrace those of all faiths and none. At Kent College Senior School every girl has the opportunity to excel and building self-esteem is at the heart of all we do. Girls progress on to their first choice universities such as Cambridge, Oxford, Bath and Imperial to study subjects from Veterinary Science to Architecture.

The Kent College boarding community comprises a quarter of the school population and encompasses a diversity of ethnic and social backgrounds maintaining a good balance between UK and overseas girls. - we offer a 20% forces discount. Means tested bursaries and scholarships in Music, Sports, Art, Drama and Academia are all available.
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International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

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Since 2022, Katrina Handford, previously senior deputy head at Nottingham Girls’ High School for six years, the last one as acting head. She wouldn’t have been ‘tempted away’ easily, she admits, but knew Pembury was special – she’d worked there for five years before that, first as a history teacher, then in leadership roles in the sixth form and pastoral care. Describing it as ‘a very special school’, she explains how the original Kent College, established in Folkestone in 1886, was recognised as ‘the most forward-looking school of its time’. She is adamant to honour this founding ethos by producing outward looking global citizens. Her previous work mentoring girls suffering from abuse and leading the Nottingham branch of the Women’s Equality Party also inspires her to help turn out caring members of society. As...

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Special Education Needs

At Kent College we offer all the girls who pass our entrance examination the means to fully realise their potential. We get to know how our girls learn, and equip them to exploit their strengths. We have specialist teachers for dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia support, either in a 1:1 or small group setting, together with specialist EAL staff. Our dedicated staff work closely with girls who find social communication difficult, nurturing their self-confidence and guiding them towards success. We are able to offer educational abilities and achievements assessment in-house, together with full assessments for access arrangements.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
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 Y
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 Y
VI - Visual Impairment

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