Many schools may be pleased to be recognised as excellent (or as the top grade used to be, ‘outstanding’) in one or two areas of an inspection report but Kent College is delighted that the ISI inspection team of 18 which visited in January judged the school to be excellent in every aspect. We are delighted to share some direct quotes with you:
Kent College is very successful in meeting its aims. The pupils’ achievements and learning are excellent. Pupils achieve excellent results.
Pupils benefit from an excellent and inventive curriculum. Bespoke timetabling enables the college to meet pupils’ subject choices and, for instance, additional practice time for advanced athletes or musicians. Pupils are recognised as individuals and all staff take pride in encouraging and supporting each to achieve his or her best.
Excellent teaching based on teachers’ strong subject knowledge and an accurate understanding of each pupil’s needs, encourages academic rigour, curiosity, and critical awareness at all levels, is complemented by the time and commitment given by staff outside the classroom, where extra support is always available, often in the form of well-attended ‘drop-in’ clinics. Individual pupils also receive specifically tailored help. Relationships between staff and pupils are excellent.
The quality of pastoral care is excellent. The college is highly successful in promoting good behaviour. A culture of care pervades all areas of the college.
Pupils are enthusiastic and committed learners, they are engaging and outgoing, conversing confidently with adults and each other. Pupils take pride in their work and aspire to achieve to the best of their abilities, their personal development is excellent. Pupils’ behaviour towards one another is excellent, reflecting the school’s primary aim to be a caring community. Pupils listen carefully to each other’s views and are supportive of each other. Pupils are confident, courteous and caring young people with a strong social conscience and an appreciation of the wider world: they engage in a variety of charitable activities.They are well prepared to lead happy and fulfilling lives. They are proud of their school and its central part in their lives.
The educational vision is defined and developed and is successful in catering for and stretching the individual with bespoke timetables and accelerated learning flowing from Kent College’s Methodist maxim of being ‘the best you can be’. A spirit of innovation and development pervades Kent College with a palpable sense of connected thinking and shared vision.
This is a summary of the inspection report – why not arrange a visit and find out for yourself?
Academic, Art, Drama, Music and Sports Scholarships are awarded for years 7, 9 and 12. Means-tested bursaries are also available for the Senior School along with exhibitions for the Junior School.