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Kent College, the hidden gem of Kent
Kent College is an independent day and boarding school for girls aged 3 – 18; known as the ‘hidden gem’ in Kent, an idyllic oasis, providing a safe, natural environment where girls enjoy living and learning. The thriving school is a happy, caring home for boarders who can join at age ten. The Christian ethos gives a clear moral framework; pupils are well mannered, tolerant and respectful of one another. It is a busy, vibrant school where we enjoy doing things as a whole community, be it a barbecue lunch, Arts Festival or theatre trip to London’s West End.
The school has its own purpose-built accommodation on a beautiful 75 acre site, shared with Kent College Pembury (Senior School), and benefits from facilities such as a 360-seater state-of-the-art theatre, large sports hall, indoor heated swimming pool with small learners pool, activities hall, dining hall and dance studio.
A broad and balanced approach
Academic standards are high, with excellent GCSE and A-level results, and pupils gain places at top universities to do a variety of courses, from medicine to engineering. The curriculum and approach is broad and balanced. Success is achieved by nurturing the girls’ confidence and inspiring a love of learning. The school has a reputation for excellence in performing arts and sport.
An impressive and diverse range of 140 activities enables students to discover new talents and nurture existing ones. Exciting exchanges to Australia, Europe and America, and international sport, music and drama tours are an important part of school life. Along with the school’s thriving Gymnastics Academy which competes to a very high standard at national competitions, and Swimming Academy, the school launched a Theatre Academy in September 2012 which delivers workshops in drama, dance & singing.
Facilities and location
Modern, architect-designed facilities include homely boarding houses, a state-of-the-art theatre, large sports hall, music school, dance studio, on-site outdoor ‘adventure course’, science laboratories and an indoor swimming pool. Sixth-formers benefit from their own study centre. An iconic library and art centre opened in 2013. The school is set to open a new sports hall in September 2015, as part of their Fit For Life Campaign.
The school is only three miles from the town of Royal Tunbridge Wells, 15 minutes from the M25 and 40 minutes from London by train.
Charitable status: Kent College Pembury is a Registered Charity, number 307920. It is a Christian school specialising in girls’ education.
Gifted & Talented
Bursaries & Scholarships
Scholarships and Exhibitions for entry in 2019
Kent College is proud to offer a range of Scholarship and Exhibition opportunities at Year 7, Year 9 and for Sixth Form.
Scholarships are awards, usually 10% of net day fees, made to pupils demonstrating a particularly high standard of achievement or potential regardless of financial need. They will normally be held for the duration of a girl’s time at Kent College, subject to satisfactory performance and commitment.
Exhibitions are awarded to scholarship applicants who show great potential but who are not quite yet at the level for scholarship. These girls will take part in the scholarship programmes but not receive a financial award.
Our scholars and exhibition-holders at Kent College are all allocated a dedicated staff supervisor with whom they meet regularly. Their supervisor not only writes a report about them but also helps them to balance the demands on their time, their expectations and those of their teachers and the wide range of commitments that many of our scholars have.
Personal targets are set and strategies considered to ensure that our scholars are best placed to ‘learn without limits’. All scholars are expected to contribute enthusiastically and regularly to the life of the school in their area and to be ambassadors of learning throughout their time at Kent College.
We are a non-profit-making organisation and all fee income is used to balance expenditure, therefore, these opportunities are limited and highly competitive.
It is possible for girls to receive multiple Scholarships/Exhibitions (for example Academic and up to 2 Practical). Awards are normally held for the duration of a girl’s time at Kent College, if performance and conduct remain satisfactory in the view of the Headmistress.
Please see our website to access detailed arrangements and key dates relating to Scholarship and Exhibition opportunities. The deadline for entry in September 2019 is 17th October 2018 and outcomes will be made known before the Christmas break.
Bursary support may be awarded in addition to scholarship to enhance fee reduction. Bursary funds are available if parents can demonstrate, through a means-testing procedure, that they would not otherwise be able to send their daugher to Kent College due to limited financial means. If you wish to make a bursary application, we ask you to contact the Bursary.