Valuable lessons on how pupils can succeed both in and also beyond the classroom…

Following the news that Kent College Pembury has been awarded the highest possible grading of ‘excellent’ after a full Educational Quality and Compliance Inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate, the school’s Head Katrina Handford tells the Times about its unique educational ethos…


“Kent College is on a mission to ensure that every pupil has the opportunity to find their strengths and talents and become equipped for very bright futures,” declares Katrina Handford, Head of the prestigious independent day and boarding girls’ school in Pembury.

“That is why I have set the challenge of ensuring everything the school does is designed to help pupils prepare for the future by supporting them to become well-rounded, globally aware and equipped with the necessary skills to excel in their lives beyond school.”

She adds that girls are encouraged to make purposeful contributions as global citizens by providing a future-focused, creative and adventurous approach to life and learning.

“In textiles lessons for example, pupils learn about the sustainability and the source of the fabric, as well as designing unique pieces from bags to clothes, before developing a marketing plan to sell the products.

“In maths, pupils have connected with our local Metro Bank to learn about interest rates, mortgages and investments, courtesy of visits both to and from the bank.”

Ms Handford further explains some of the other educational initiatives in place at the school which welcomes girls from aged 11 to 18.

“The Tenner Challenge run by Kent College’s Business Department has seen pupils create their own businesses from scratch and as part of their enrichment programme, Sixth Formers at the school participate in the Ivy House Award, which is a transformational personal and professional development programme with the key aim of developing extraordinary leaders.”

The school underwent a full Educational Quality and Compliance Inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate earlier this summer and was deemed to be ‘excellent’ in both academic achievement and personal development. This is the highest possible grading available.

The report also concluded that the school was fully compliant with the Independent Schools Standards, including the National Minimum Standards for Boarding and the Early Years Foundation Stage.

Key highlights from the report showed that Kent College made rapid progress in their learning and consequently achieved highly in public examinations.

Pupils were also regarded to be highly confident and well-prepared for the next stage of their lives.



Senior School Open Morning on Saturday October 7 2023.

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