How’s this for bespoke education?
Kent College, Canterbury, is leading the way when it comes to senior school education that is tailored to the individual. All culminating in several options for Sixth Formers - not just A Levels - here's everything you need to know
If you’re a parent with a child of school age – then you’ll no doubt already know there is no ‘One Size Fits All’ when it comes to their strengths, challenges and needs in terms of education.
As they get older, and start to sit the really important exams, that will help determine their future, recognising this fact and providing different options is invaluable. That’s why we love this out-of-the-box thinking going on at Kent College in Canterbury, which has a highly successful, unique curriculum and the Sixth Form Pathways programme.
Diversity is one of the Sixth Form’s many strengths at Kent College since the Cambridge Technical Diplomas were introduced in 2008 followed by the International Baccalaureate in 2010 alongside the well-established A-Level programme. Kent College is now regularly one of the Top 10 IB schools in the UK but whatever subject piques your child’s interest – they can pursue it here and choose the best blend of courses in a timetable especially tailored for each individual.
As you may know, the beauty of the International Baccalaureate is that students can keep their options open for the future as they learn 6 subjects across literature, languages, social sciences, sciences, maths and arts as well as completing a Creativity, Action and Service programme where they can focus on personal development beyond the classroom. They also have to write a research essay in a subject area of interest to the student.
The A-Levels option is there for those wanting to specialize in their preferred subjects while the Cambridge Technical Diplomas allow pupils to make their inner passion a potential professional route forward. Plus, there is less emphasis on final exams, and more of a focus on course work which will appeal to many, we’re sure.
NURTURING INDIVIDUAL TALENT
From the get-go, Kent College will work with you to personalise your child’s academic qualification to ensure that they are on the right path. The School’s Learning Strategies Coordinator will organize each pupil’s timetable which demonstrates the bespoke level of detail, with pupils given the option to study the widest range of subjects from Physics through to Music Technology.
You can be assured that there is no churning out the same mould at Kent College – it is all about spotting that individual talent and nurturing it. And that talent definitely doesn’t have to be traditionally academic.
A key point for pupils at whatever stage they start at Kent College is that they offer flexibility and individuality. Timetables are tailored around the passions and interests of the individual. For some high-achieving students in sport, or music, this may mean designing a timetable that allows them to spend time training or practising.
As Dr. Lamper, Executive Head of both the Junior and Senior school, says, ‘Kent College is a school that focuses on the individuals as we want to help the students discover their talent and give them the right structure and facilities which will create the perfect environment to motivate them even further.’
As the breadth of education choices demonstrates, you can dare to be different at Kent College. Whether it’s live-learning at Kent College’s very own farm, spanning 50 acres, where students can join the school Farm Club and get involved looking after lambs, pigs, hens and cattle. Or they can explore their technological side and discover how to create their own film within its dedicated studio space, which provides students with even greater opportunities for experimentation and production.
THINK OUTSIDE OF THE BOX
You will be relieved to hear that there is not a uniform approach to University education here either. Yes, 98 % of its students do regularly go to their first university of choice with 48% of students gaining access to Russell group universities but if it is not the right path for your child, they will work closely with your child to look at the alternative possibilities such as Music conservatories, Drama School, Agricultural colleges or a more industry-led route.
Not surprising considering Kent College’s sister schools across the world (Dubai, Cairo and Hong Kong) – the global network here is strong for those who want to follow a more international education. The school can quote global University destinations such as Bocconi in Milan, Esade in Barcelona and a lot of success with sporting scholarships in the U.S too.
During their school life, students can also indulge in some globe-trotting with recent expeditions taking place in CERN in Switzerland, Iceland, Honduras and Costa Rica, as well as various sports tours, ski trips, and the school’s biannual trip to Tanzania.
PROOF IS IN THE PUDDING
What better way to evaluate this success than hearing about how recent pupils have fared?
PATHWAY: International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma
Kent College was certainly the right formula for Abby, a previous Head Girl who studied the IB taking Geography, Biology, Economics, English, Maths and Spanish and after achieving the maximum score possible of 45, she has now gone on to study Human and Political Science at the University of Cambridge.
PATHWAY: A Levels
That individual nurturing of talent can go off into all sorts of different directions and a prime example is Grace, a Great Britain Womens’ Hockey Squad star member since 2014, who has 72 international caps for Great Britain and England and now has the 2021 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games firmly in her sights. Grace took Physical Education, Chemistry and Spanish A Levels at Kent College and went onto Canterbury Christ Church University and the University of Maryland (Washington) to study Physical Education and Sports Science, so her unique talent was identified and supported from an early age at Kent College.
PATHWAY: The Cambridge Technical
Jack joined KC in the Sixth Form and chose to study the Cambridge Technical option selecting the subjects of a Business Diploma and ICT. Cambridge Technicals are highly-practical, vocational qualifications designed with the workplace in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels with a great range of subjects to choose from. Jack has since gone onto to study Economics at the University of Kent.
THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT
Brilliant proof, if any was needed, that this school is definitely not an exam factory! The starting point is always to look at the individual and his or her needs and choices, and to see how they can accommodate and facilitate these requirements. Which gets a big Muddy thumbs up from us!
For more information visit kentcollege.com or call the Admissions’ team on 01227 813906.