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Kent College Preparatory School
  • Kent College Preparatory School
    Old Church Road
    Pembury
    Tunbridge Wells
    Kent
    TN2 4AX
  • Head: Nik Pears
  • T 01892 820204
  • F 01892 820214
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.kent-college.co.uk
  • A mainstream independent school for girls aged from 3 to 11 with a linked senior school
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 115
  • Religion: Methodist
  • Fees: Day £9,930 - £14,955; Boarding £26,994 pa
  • Open days: Individual family tours with an opportunity to meet senior staff.
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • Linked schools: Kent College

What says..

Well-being is the first concern at this school, and is evident in the mechanisms put in place to support children, such as the buddy system which connects an older girl with younger one, or in the school e-safety ambassadors - pupils trained by Kent police in keeping safe online. It’s also clear from the relaxed and happy children; parents comment on the ‘exceptional care’ at this school, from the head, the teaching staff and from the ‘gang of ladies’ who care for children before and after school...

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What the school says...

Kent College Prep School offers a co-ed Nursery 3-5 and girls Prep School 5-11. It is situated in beautiful safe, 80 acre rural estate and shares many state of the art facilities with the Senior School. It is a special place for our pupils to learn, grow and prepare for the future.

At Kent College Nursery and Preparatory School every child is different and we offer an all-round education that will cater for each pupils' individual requirements. Whatever their personality and talents, we aim to ensure that they are happy, confident and successful in all areas of school life.

Academic work, of course, is at the heart of what we do, but we never forget that there is more to childhood and learning than exams. We successfully prepare pupils for a wide range of senior schools at age 11, although the majority of girls will move up to Kent College Senior School. Our aim is to provide every pupil with the encouragement, support and resources to prepare for and achieve an excellent education.
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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.

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head

Since 2016, Nicholas Pears (music degree, Cambridge), married to Emma, with two children. Previously head of music, then head of junior school at Sevenoaks Prep, with a few years off in the music industry in between roles. It is rare we meet a head who has so quickly inspired love in his pupils - ‘The girls absolutely adore him’, confirmed a mother, and eager smiling faces greeted him in every classroom.

‘Mr Pears has presence’, fanfared one parent, who was also pleased that the new head is present - living on site, there in the mornings to greet children, and around in corridors, happy to be accosted for a quick chat.

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Special Education Needs

At Kent College Prep school, we work closely with class teachers to identify girls who may benefit from additional support, either in the classroom or in a 1:1 setting. Our SENCo can offer educational abilities and achievements assessments in-house, and also advises class teachers on strategies and interventions where necessary. We also work closely with parents to ensure that our girls realise their potential. We have specialist teachers for dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia support, 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.

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