Ages 11 - 18
Kent College Preparatory School is a very happy and busy school and the girls thoroughly enjoy their time here. We are fortunate to be situated on a 75 acre rural parkland estate, set back away from the busy main roads, so that our pupils can play and learn in safe, natural environment.
"Pupils of all ages demonstrate lively curiosity and a thirst for learning, and there is frequently a tangible air of enthusiasm in the classroom." ISI Report 2016
The playgrounds adjacent to the Prep School, are carefully planned with a supervised safe area for the youngest girls (Nursery & Reception), and an adventure playground for the older girls, with a slide, swings and climbing apparatus. All the playgrounds have wonderful views of the Kent countryside. The girls get plenty of fresh air, playing outdoors during most breaks and at lunchtime.
Caring for the individual is the essential ingredient in the school's ethos and Kent College aims to offer unusual and exciting opportunities both within the classroom and as extra-curricular activities. Girls are regularly involved in charity and celebratory events which brings the whole school together such as Christmas Carol Concerts, House Assemblies and Sponsored Walks. There is a rich and diverse programme of Extra-Curricular activities and these include various sport, design & technology visual and performing arts activities, as well as study support if needed.
"Pupils are generous and positive, with a high level of spiritual awareness and self-esteem, responding effectively to the culture of praise and encouragement which permeates the school." ISI Report 2016
Opportunities and Enrichment
At Kent College, girls have the chance to shine. Drama and music has an excellent reputation for ambitious and professional productions staged in the Prep School Hall or state-of- the-art-theatre. Prep school pupils in Years 5 and 6 work with the senior school as part of the annual whole school theatre production. In recent years girls have enjoyed being a part of the 'Carousel' musical production and the highly acclaimed opera ‘Evita'.
"They relish the chance to perform in music or drama productions, and have a love and appreciation for the visual arts." ISI Report 2016
Sport at Kent College is equally impressive with unrivalled victories at netball, athletics, swimming and gym. For the last five years, Kent College has hosted the prestigious GISGA (Girls Independent Schools Gymnast Association) international gym tournament with many Kent College wins.
Kent College has established Academies in Gymnastics, Theatre and Swimming which focuses on enhancing excellence in these areas through fun and productive Saturday and holiday workshops with dedicated, professional staff.
"They are enthusiastic gymnasts and swimmers and energetically undertake a range of sports to a high level." ISI Report 2016
Kent College’s Christian foundation focuses all they do in a spirit of kindness, embracing those of all faiths and none. In 2016, the school achieved top 'excellent' status in their ISI Inspection with particular emphasis on the high level of pastoral care which ensures that pupils are well looked after and that their individual needs are catered for. "Teachers know their pupils extremely well and cater effectively for their individual needs."
Boarding at Kent College is a homely environment with resident families who are experienced house parents as well as academic teachers who provide outstanding care and support. Close, loyal friendships exist across all age groups and the feel of it is very much of a home from home. Prep School pupils can board from the age of 10, and many working parents use our wraparound care and flexi-boarding services which ensures that their daughter's are well looked after if a business trip or the need for childcare arises. Wraparound care includes an early morning breakfast club and after school club. Click here for further information about our boarding community.
The School motto 'Respice Finem' means 'Keep the end in view'. In other words never lose sight of your aims, your hopes or your dreams.
School RulesOur school rules are based on promoting good behaviour, respect for each other and the community, and encouraging the girls to develop into caring and responsible citizens.
"The children are all highly aware of the school and class rules and of the importance of them so all can feel happy and safe." ISI Report 2016
School CouncilAll classes from Year 2 and above elect two school council members each year to represent their views on the School Council. Meetings take place twice per term and are chaired by the Head.
"Pupils are keen to be responsible members of the school community and show respect for others." ISI Report 2016
All girls are allocated to one of three houses. House points are awarded for good work and behaviour, and weekly totals are read out in assembly. During the year, pupils participate in a number of interhouse events such as swimming galas, drama competitions and quizzes. Year 6 pupils take on the roles of House Captains and Deputies.
Year 6 pupils are expected to take on roles of responsibility these include Prefects, House Captains and their Deputies. The girls also act as guides on Open Days, showing visitors around the school.
The School aims to foster good community links and we want pupils to realise that they are part of a wider community. Each year, both the Senior and the Prep Schools raise thousands of pounds for charity, some of which are joint events, such as the annual sponsored walk which raises over £12,000 each year. At Christmas the Prep School choir visits the residents of Pembury's Hospice in the Weald, and the girls visit the elderly in local homes to entertain them with singing and dancing. Our Parents' Association raises funds for charity through organised events, and recent donations have been to the Bradbourne Group of Riding for the Disabled to help them purchase a new pony.
The Kent College School in Nepal
Through the fund raising activities of the KCPPA (Parent Association) and working through the educational charity SHIVA, Kent College Pembury is providing funding for a primary school in Lahachowk village, Kaski, Nepal. This project will enable our girls to find out more about the life and culture of the children of Nepal. Click here to learn more about KC Nepal.