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A Sense of Self Worth


CANTERBURY has been voted one of the best places to live in the South East by The Sunday Times. One of the twelve reasons given for Canterburys success in the poll is the calibre of its schools: Kent College, Canterbury being one of the strongest contenders.

Academically, Kent College has been rated in the top 25% of schools nationally for the value added that it achieves for all of its pupils. The school is now world renowned for its academic reputation, offering the International Baccalaureate alongside A levels. It prides itself as being in the top 10 schools nationally for the IB with average points of 37.4, and its A level results place it in the top 100 schools of its kind in the country, as it regularly achieves 100% GCSE pass rate. These results alone are praiseworthy but it is all the acclaim that the school achieves alongside fantastic academic results that make it truly remarkable.

Every one of the accomplishments that follow has taken place in the last twelve months. In the STEM ( Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) arena, Head Girl, Eva Harris, won a national competition run by the Physiology Society; our Year 9 team were finalists at the Big Bang Science and Engineering Competition; no fewer than 9 students received Gold level in the UK Maths Challenge; the Year 10 Maths Team won the regional round of the Further Maths Support Programme and not to be left out, the Year 11 team won the Gold Crest Award for their Engineering project.

The school's young choristers are hard at work practising for their performances in the finals of BBC Songs of Praise Choir of the Year and Barnardo's National Choir of the Year. No fewer than three of our students have been selected for the prestigious Canterbury Cathedral Girls Choir.

On the sports field, Lizzie Neal has won the Higgins Trust U.16 National Youth Award for Hockey; the U18 Girls are National Indoor Hockey Finalists as well as being County Champions in the outdoor game; seven players have been selected during the year to play hockey at National level; the Watton sisters have competed in the Scottish Open Tennis Tournament; three of our athletes represented the County at the National Cross-Country competition at Donington Park; one of our young horse-riders has qualified for the National Schools Competition and finally, one of our skiers won medals in all three disciplines at the British Ski Racing event.

The student led Charities Committee raised a phenomenal 8,000 last term. All of this does not happen by chance, it happens because the children are empowered with a sense of self-worth and encouraged to participate and excel both in and outside the classroom. Kent College is very proud to be part of the thriving City of Canterbury community!

Published: February 4 2015

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