The King’s School, Canterbury

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The King’s School, Canterbury

With origins dating back to 597AD, The King's School, Canterbury is reputedly the oldest school in the world. It is also one of the UK’s leading co-educational senior boarding schools located in the idyllic surroundings of the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral, just one hour from Central London.

King’s caters for pupils aged 13-18 with Junior King’s, the junior branch of the school, providing education for boys and girls aged 3-13. The schools, together, are therefore able to offer continuity of education for children with over 90% of pupils going on to King’s in Year 9 when they leave the junior school.

The School is currently midway through an impressive development plan which includes a recently opened 334-seat theatre in a renovated Victorian Malthouse and the new King's International College. A state-of-the-art Science Centre in the heart of the School is set to open in 2021.

King’s has a strong academic curriculum that is continually adapting to encompass the ever-changing demands of modern education. With almost all pupils going on to further education at leading universities in the UK and abroad, there is an emphasis on scholarly excellence. Through regular monitoring of academic progress, the school aims to enable every individual to make the most of their abilities and to fulfil their potential.

King's believes that much of what is most valuable in education takes place outside the classroom. The wide-ranging co-curricular programme has been developed to provide opportunities for all pupils to discover their passions and encourage them to develop these talents as best as possible. Art, Drama, Music, and Sport play a large role in school life, alongside numerous other activities to suit all tastes. King's Week, the School's festival of arts, involves hundreds of pupils in a showcase of creativity ending each academic year on a fitting note of achievement and enjoyment.

Headmaster Peter Roberts comments 'At the heart of a King's education is the dual pursuit of academic and extra-curricular excellence. The self-discipline, intellect and wide-ranging interests that such a pursuit engenders are highly prized in our modern global society. The quality of the teaching and the breadth of the activities outside the classroom mean that the lessons learnt and the skills acquired stay with the pupils for life.'

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