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Introduction to Admissions

 

Admissions Policy

The aim of the school is to offer girls a wide and exciting academic education. The school is selective, but not narrowly so, taking into account interests and a diversity of strengths.

As a Methodist school with a Christian ethos, Kent College has a policy of accepting students with a range of abilities, from those who are very able to those with mild learning difficulties to those who have gaps in their knowledge due to interrupted schooling. We are able to do so because we provide a high level of individual attention through small classes and close monitoring. In addition, our Learning Development Department co-ordinates individual learning programmes for girls who are having extra lessons when, for example, they are taking extra or early GCSEs, or filling gaps in their knowledge. As a result of these measures, examination results are impressive and compete favourably with local selective schools.

Our main intakes are at Year 7, Year 9 and Lower Sixth Form. We also accept applications from students for entry into other year groups subject to places being available.

Visits

We strongly recommend, where possible, that prospective students and their parents visit the school to meet the headmistress, staff and students, and to see the facilities. Visits are recommended in the two years prior to entry and we advise you to contact us well in advance to avoid disappointment.

By attending one or more of our frequent Open Mornings before your daughter is due to join the school you will be able to assess the school's development which is an important part of the decision making process.

Forthcoming main opportunities to visit:

Senior School Open Day – Saturday 6th October 2018
Open Morning – Tuesday 16th October 2018

We are also happy to arrange individual visits throughout the year and appointments can be made by contacting the Admissions Office.  You are very welcome to bring your daughter when you visit.

Applications

It is never too early to apply!

If you would like your daughter to be considered for entry to Kent College, please complete and return the Application Form together with a non-refundable registration fee of £100 (if applicant's parents live in the European Union) or £150 (if applicant's parents live outside the European Union). Payment can be made by cheque, debit card or bank transfers. One form and fee is required per student.

You can print a copy of the Application Form to be completed and posted with a Payment Form and cheque, or Apply Online.

Application does not constitute an offer of a place; once we have received your form and fee your daughter will be held on our registrations list and you will be informed about entrance examinations at the appropriate time. Places are offered on the basis of results in the entrance assessments, a conversation with a member of staff (unless based overseas) and a reference from your daughter's current school.

Taster Days

Where possible, we offer prospective students the opportunity to spend a 'Taster Day' at Kent College. This enables the girls to take part in lessons and activities, and gives them a better feel for the school. Prospective boarders are invited to stay overnight.

Admission Arrangements for the academic year 2019-20 

For entry in 2019, and in line with our ethos of growing intelligence and nurturing potential, Kent College has developed a new approach to testing for admission at all levels.

Entry to Year 7

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 17th October 2018 and applying girls will automatically be registered to take our tests.

Registered girls will be invited to take part on our Entrance Day on Saturday 10th November 2018 and references will be sought from current schools to support their application.

Both general entry and academic scholarship entry decisions will be based on results from computer-based GL CAT4 tests, which are nationally standardised cognitive ability tests familiar to many families and a way of assessing academic potential. No preparation is required for these tests and no practice materials are available.

As a guide, we will expect successful general entry girls to achieve an average score above 90. Academic scholarships will not require a specific application and will be considered for girls achieving an average score considerably above that level. Please see the Scholarship section of this website to see the range of scholarship opportunities available for Year 7 entry.

In addition, although we will not ask girls to sit any additional papers, they will take part in a range of other activities during our Entrance Day designed to showcase their attitude to learning. It is expected that the day will be less intense and rather shorter than in previous years. There will also be an informal meeting with a senior member of staff.

Results of general applications (including to scholarship applicants) will be made known by the end of November, with the outcomes of Scholarship applications being made known by the end of the Autumn Term.

Place acceptances and deposit payments will be required by Monday 5th March in order to secure offered places.

In the event of over-subscription after the response deadline has passed, a waiting list will be held with places being allocated in the following order:

  1. Girls who attend Kent College Preparatory School
  2. Girls who will have siblings enrolled at Kent College Senior School at the point of entry in September 2019
  3. According to the date of payment of the school’s standard £500 deposit (which will be refunded in full in the event that a place cannot be offered)

If a tie-breaker is needed in any of the above categories, priority will be given to those satisfying the sibling criterion above and then by date as above.

Entry to Year 9

The deadline for applications is Wednesday 17th October and applying girls will automatically be registered to take our tests.

Registered girls will be invited to take part on our Entrance Day on Friday 23rd November 2018 and references will be sought from current schools to support the application.

Both general entry and academic scholarship entry decisions will be based on results from computer-based GL CAT4 tests, which are nationally standardised cognitive ability tests familiar to many families and a way of assessing academic potential, the results of our own English and Mathematics tests and a short informal interview.

As a guide, we will expect successful general entry girls to achieve an average score above 90. Academic scholarships will not require a specific application and will be considered for girls achieving an average score considerably above that level. Please see the Scholarship section of this website to see the range of scholarship opportunities available for Year 9 entry.

The English and Mathematics papers are set to ensure that applicants’ curriculum coverage has been sufficient to allow them to flourish within the year group they have applied to join.

Results of applications and scholarship outcomes will be made known by the end of the Autumn Term.

Place acceptances and deposits will be required by Monday 5th March in order to secure offered places.

In the event of over-subscription after the response deadline has passed, a waiting list will be held with places being allocated in the following order:

  1. Girls who will have siblings enrolled at Kent College Senior School at the point of entry in September 2019
  2. According to the date of payment of the school’s standard £500 deposit (which will be refunded in full in the event that a place cannot be offered)

In the event of a tie-breaker in any of the above categories being needed, priority will be given to those satisfying the sibling criterion above and then by date as above.

Entry to the Sixth Form

Applications to the Sixth Form will be considered at any time during the year, however the following deadlines should be noted:

Deadline for applying for a Sixth Form Scholarship – Wednesday 17th October 2018

Deadline to ensure a free choice of A Level subjects – Friday 8th February (after this date subjects will need to fit the option blocks established for timetabling purposes)

General entry will be dependent upon applicants’ predicted GCSE grades satisfying the school’s requirements for entry to the subjects applied for and on receipt of a reference from current schools. Please see the Scholarship section of this website to see the range of scholarship opportunities available at Sixth Form.

Please see the Sixth Form section of the website to see the range of subjects available and to download our Course Guide for A Level courses starting in September 2019.

Ad Hoc applications

Applications are welcome for entry to other year groups where we have capacity. Please check availability with the Registrar before proceeding.

Applications will be assessed using a combination of CAT tests and English and Maths papers and a reference will be sought from the current school.

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Looking to relocate to the area?

"I am really happy that we made the decision to move our daughter to Kent College mid year.  She has been so well cared for and the transition process has been seamless.  She has made lots of new friends very quickly and seems to love her new school." Current parent 

We receive many new enquiries from London-based parents who are looking to move out of London to the Tunbridge Wells area. If you would like more information please contact our Admissions Office who can assist and recommend relocation agents. 

Admissions for Overseas Students

Click here for more information on Admissions for Overseas Students.

Contact Us

For further details and to get in touch with teaching and non-teaching staff at Kent College click here

Admissions Enquiries

Director of External Relations Ms Sascha Evans
Admissions Officer

Mrs Alison Knapp

Address Kent College Pembury
Old Church Road
Pembury
Tunbridge Wells
Kent TN2 4AX
UK
Telephone 01892 820218 (UK)
+44 (0) 1892 820218  (International)
Email admissions@kentcollege.kent.sch.uk

 

The Admissions Office would be delighted to help if you would like to receive a prospectus, arrange an appointment to visit, or if you have any further questions.

 

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