The International Study Centre (ISC) at Kent College, Canterbury, is located south-east of Central London and less than one hour by train. The college offers an English language programme that gives students the English they need to join the mainstream British academic curriculum and take relevant English examinations for entry to universities. The ISC provides an environment in which all students gain the confidence to attain their full potential. It is a welcoming place, where the college celebrates the achievements of all pupils.
Kent College prides itself on offering personalised academic programmes, small class sizes and exceptionally well-qualified and experienced teaching staff. The school also offers a wide range of additional support for pupils, including access to a dyslexia unit and specialist English language teaching for overseas students in the ISC.
Students in Years 7 to 9 are accepted into the ISC with a level of English between beginner and intermediate. The students study English intensively as well as Maths and the vocabulary they need to join mainstream subjects. Integration into the mainstream curriculum occurs when their English is of an appropriate level. In Years 10 and 12 we accept students at an intermediate level of English. They will normally spend an academic year in the ISC to help them prepare for entry into GCSE courses or sixth form courses.
The boarding houses are run by teams of highly qualified staff headed up by enthusiastic house parents. There are very clear lines of support in the school and the boarding students are completed integrated into the full life of the school.
Kent College has a long history of welcoming boarding pupils from abroad, as well as from British families resident in the UK or working overseas. Boarders make up around one-third of pupils in the Senior School, and there are over 40 countries represented in the boarding community. The senior boarding houses truly become a ‘home away from home’. The Junior School Boarding House takes children from the age of seven upwards and is a cosy family house environment. Boarders can participate in evening and weekend activities as well as joining up to 30 excursions over the school year on a Sunday from ice skating at the Natural History Museum in London to going to the theatre or paintballing.
There really is something for everyone at Kent College with over 40 activities to choose from each week. All students are encouraged to take part in at least two activities and many participate in many more. For boarders, there are a series of evening activities so there is always something to do alongside their studies.
Performance and creative arts have been enhanced at Kent College with the opening of the Great Hall, a 600-seat auditorium that provides cutting-edge facilities for worship, concerts and the performing arts. The Great Hall is used as a versatile and practical space for the school’s highly regarded Drama and Music departments, as well as for the wider local community.