Kent College, Canterbury

Since its foundation in 1885, Kent College has always excelled in the academic, musical and sporting spheres. However, the school is probably best known for its exceptionally caring atmosphere where students from all faiths, countries and backgrounds thrive in a safe, friendly and caring environment. The positive spirit that this creates is extraordinary.

Academic Excellence

We offer our students not only a wide range of subjects to study at Kent College but also a variety of different pathways. We are a leading IB World School offering the International Baccalaureate. This highly prestigious and internationally recognised course is an exciting choice alongside our wide range of A-Levels and Cambridge Technical subjects. In the Sixth Form, many international students are prepared for the IELTS exam, as they require a certain IELTS score to enter the university programme of their choice. International Study Centre students do not only achieve the scores they need but quite often they get scores that strengthen their university applications. The percentage of IELTS candidates with an overall band score of 7 - equivalent to C1 on the CEFR - or higher stands at an impressive 50%. All our Sixth Form programmes have excellent track records in terms of outcomes. In our recent ISI inspection, the results were described as “exceptional”. Our A-Level results are equally impressive with the percentage of grades at A*-B consistently above local Grammar Schools. The subjects offered as Cambridge Technical qualifications have also enjoyed exceptional levels of success.

Great hall


2019 2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
IB average (points/45) 37 37 37 36 34 32
A level A*-A% 43 44 49 45 37 48
A level A*-B% 71 67 80 71 63 77
A level % pass rate 100 100 100 100 100 100
GCSE A*-A% (2018 onwards 9-7)* 36 38 46 38 37 39
% achieving 5 or more GCSEs 98 100 100 100 100 100

*please note: a direct comparison is not possible between the old A*-E grades and the new 9-1 grades


International Baccalaureate

The average score for the third year running was 37 points, which, when translated into UCAS (university entrance) points is similar to the number of points awarded for straight A*/ As at A level. This score is likely to place Kent College amongst the top IB schools in the UK again this year.

Head Girl, Abby Cox scored a perfect 45 points for the Diploma and has been offered a place at Durham University, Sophie Blummers scored 44 and will study Medicine at Exeter, Anna Sophia Vendruscolo scored 43 points and secured a place at LSE to read Economics. Success means that scholars will go on to top universities in the UK as well as across Europe; Louis Kind has a place to read Global Governance at the prestigious Esada, Barcelona with support from UNICEF. Places have also been awarded at Melbourne, Maastricht, Humbolt Berlin, Lawrence to read Medicine, Law and International Business. A number of students achieved a bilingual diploma and every candidate passed. These results match the best at Kent College, which is regularly noted in the top 10 IB schools in the UK.

A Levels

Kent College students and staff are celebrating another successful year for A level results, with over 71% passed at grades A*-B, and almost half of all grades at A* - A. 14 students achieved the coveted 3 or more A*- As.

The success of Kent College students means that they will access courses across a wide range of subjects, including: Medicine (Bristol and UAE), Music (York, Royal Hollaway), Art (Central St Martins), Economics (Durham and Warwick), Natural Sciences (UCL and Loughborough), and Engineering (Structural Civil, Electrical and Acoustic).

Along with top scores in the IB announced in July these A level results secure UCAS points (the basis for university offers) with an average of over 150 per student: the equivalent of A* A A.

Executive Head, Dr. David Lamper said,

“I am delighted with the very high levels of academic achievement shown by the students who took examinations this summer. They worked extremely hard whilst at the same time adding an immense amount to the extracurricular, musical, dramatic and sporting life of our community. They have been excellent ambassadors of Kent College and they deserve every success. I am also delighted for my colleagues who have worked so hard in supporting and nurturing the development of all our students. Many congratulations to them all.”


Kent College is celebrating another year of excellent GCSE results following this summer’s examinations. The courses and the grading have changed for all subjects, and the nature of assessments has altered with much less emphasis on coursework - but the personalised approach at Kent College has ensured that students achieve a high level of success.

The overall pass rate was 97% and 86% of students achieved 5 GCSEs at 4-9 (the equivalent of A*-C). The number of students who achieved 5 good GCSEs including Maths and English was similarly impressive as was the high percentage of top grades achieved.


Destinations for our 2018 leavers include many of the top universities in the UK and further afield. Anya Sochacka will study Human Sciences at Oxford University. Hannah Griggs secured a prestigious sports scholarship at the University of North Carolina, while Isiah Horner has been offered a sports scholarship at the University of Kent. Charlotte Letley has been awarded a ‘Bright Sparks Scholarship’ to study Medicine at UEA. Elena Bandel will study International Management at the University of Koblenz. Joseph Hearnden will study Land Management at the Royal Agricultural University.

The success of Kent College students means they will access courses across a wide range of subjects, including: specialist Music, Drama and Art courses, Architecture, Law, Economics, Sports Science and Physiotherapy, Mathematics, Business, Psychology, Politics, English Literature, Product Design, Pharmacy, Environmental Science, Chemistry, Biology and Media.

Kent College school front view

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