Ages 11 - 18
Location & Transport
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The school is situated on Old Church Road off the A228 and A21 (via Pembury Walks), next to Pembury Old Church.**Please be aware that there are significant roadworks currently along the A21 near the approach to Kent College and that the school can only be accessed via the A228 and Old Church Road. These works are ongoing and won't be completed until the summer of 2017 as they widen the A21. There is no access to the school from the A21 via Half Moon Lane or Pembury Walks and Tonbridge Road (past Tunbridge Wells Hospital) is also currently closed.**
If approaching from London or the north you will at some point join the M25. You will need to take junction 5 then join the A21 (south) in the direction of Sevenoaks and Hastings. You will travel on the A21 for about 10 miles and just after the Tonbridge exit the A21 dual carriageway narrows to a single lane. Cross the roundabout, second exit, taking the Hastings Road. Continue on this road and take the first exit, onto turn left on the A228. Continue straight through the traffic lights (do not take the turn into Pembury village) and stay on the A228 for about half a mile. Just before you reach the pedestrian bridge overhead take the left turning into Old Church Road and Kent College is at the top. There is a school sign indicating that the Prep School is to the right and the Senior School is straight ahead. When travelling from central London the journey should take about 1 hour and 30 minutes but we advise you to allow longer at peak travel times.
If approaching from Hastings and the south, travel on the A21 (north). At the junction with the A228/A264 branch left (signposted Maidstone) then at the roundabout take the first exit and at the next roundabout take the second exit for the A228. Stay on the A228 going straight through the traffic lights (do not take the turn into Pembury village) and continue for about half a mile. Just before you reach the pedestrian bridge overhead take the left turning into Old Church Road and Kent College is at the top. There is a school sign indicating that the Prep School is to the right and the Senior School is straight ahead. From Hastings the journey is about 26 miles and you should allow about 40 minutes, plus extra time during peak travel times.
From Maidstone follow signs to West Malling A20/Tonbridge A26. At the junction with the A26 (one-way system) take the left-hand lane then continue forward to the A26 (one-way) signposted Tonbridge. Follow the A26 through Barming, Wateringbury and the edge of Mereworth. At the junction with the A228/B2016 take the first exit off the roundabout to join the A228 signposted Tunbridge Wells. Keep on the A228 past the Hop Farm Country Park. At the junction with the B2017 take the 2nd exit off the roundabout, continuing on the A228 through Colt’s Hill. Stay on the A228 past the turning on the left for Pembury village and just past the pedestrian bridge overhead take a right turning into Old Church Road; the school is at the top. There is a school sign indicating that the Prep School is to the right and the Senior School is straight ahead. We suggest you allow about half an hour from Maidstone.
The nearest train stations are a 10 minute taxi ride away at Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. Trains from London take 42 minutes between Charing Cross and Tonbridge. The international Eurotunnel station at Ashford is about half an hour away from the school.
The school is about a 40 minute drive from Gatwick international airport and about an hour from Heathrow international airport via the M25 and A21. Transport to and from these airports can be arranged for boarding students at the beginning and end of terms.
When planning your route to the school the online AA route planner provides step by step directions:
Kent College Transport Service
The Kent College Transport Service offers flexibility, allowing families to book regularly in advance or on an occasional basis. We aim to help reduce the stress of the school run by offering a service that accommodates the needs of our day pupils and their families.
There are 11 different routes across Kent which are assessed every academic year to ensure we cater to the needs of all pupils and their families.
There are many social benefits in using this service; it enables girls to meet others from their local area and across year groups. Many girls find that using our safe and reliable service instils greater confidence and independence.
Every year the transport service has an increase in demand and the school caters for as many girls as possible. Girls can use the service from Year 1 and above. In the Senior School 57% of all day pupils use the service and in the Prep School 10% of day pupils use the service.
We currently have a fleet of six minibuses and one people carrier, with experienced and qualified minibus drivers who provide a reliable and consistent service.
Depending on where the route begins, drivers will aim to collect your daughter ensuring that they are at school by 8.25am. For return journeys, drivers depart from the school at 4.15pm.
Late Bus Service
The School operates two late buses, one to Edenbridge and the other to Hawkhurst, which run from Monday to Thursday.
Late buses do not run on the first and last week of term. Girls must sign the list in the Hawkwell corridor (outside the Bursary) to reserve a place, places are strictly limited.
Daily Transport Schedule 2015 - 2016
Please note that routes may be vary over time as the population of the school changes. Destinations will be amended according to demand. Return journeys leave Kent College at 4.15pm.
For further details and to enquire about costs, please contact Steve Gifford on 01892 820259