Ages 11 - 18
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Ages 3 - 11
Set in 75 acres of beautiful green countryside, the school campus comprises an elegant Victorian manor house and purpose-built modern facilities, including a 300-seater state-of-the-art theatre, modern boarding houses, a music school, a large well-equipped sports hall, Sixth Form study centre, a multi-media laboratory, art studios, dance studios, ICT suites and an indoor-heated swimming pool.
Many of the facilities are open until 9.00pm so girls can make good use of them, whether they want to research a project in the library, play badminton in the sports hall or practice a musical instrument.
"Clear educational vision and astute financial planning have enabled a substantial building development programme to be implemented which has greatly enhanced pupils' enjoyment of their school environment." ISI Report 2016
Kent College is committed to continual development across the school and facilities now include:
Sports Facilities; We benefit from being surrounded by 75 acres of beautiful green countryside with tennis and netball courts, lots of space for rugby, football, and rounders, as well as a demanding cross-country track and dance studios. Since 2014, Kent College has developed its Sports provision with exciting developments which include an all-weather pitch and athletics track with a seated viewing area and floodlights, which will be built by October 2016, allowing Kent College to host matches and train on-site throughout the year. There are two indoor sports complexes which offer multi-use courts for badminton, basketball and netball, as well as providing an excellent space for gymnastics, trampolining and a range of ECA activities. The current Sports Hall, which also has a popular indoor climbing wall, was built in 1999 and officially opened by Olympic gold medallist, Roger Black MBE. The new Sports Hall, built in 2015 as part of the School’s ambitious Sports development project, was opened by England’s Netball Captain, Pamela Cookie in September 2015. This new facility boasts extra teaching space, and a comfortable viewing balcony. Kent College’s sports facilities also encompass a well-equipped fitness suite featuring the Technogym Wellness system, and a 25 metre, 6 lane, heated swimming pool.
The Susanna Wesley Library & Arts Centre was opened on Saturday 16th March 2013 by Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy & musician John Sampson. This iconic cultural centre named after 'Mother of Methodism' Susanna Wesley and designed by Hazel McCormack Young Architects; comprises a ground floor open plan library space, cafe area and large IT suites. Upstairs the art centre includes three large art studios, an art resource area and screen printing facilities. The well-stocked Library Resource Centre (LRC) houses thousands of non-fiction, fiction and reference books, newspapers, journals and audio-visual material, plus a suite of networked computers. Open 7 days a week with hours beyond the school day, the LRC is made fully accessible for research and quiet private study and is fully utilised by the girls during lunchtimes and after school. Using the LRC students can practise skills that they are taught in the information skills study programme.
The Kent College Confidence Course was completed in the summer of 2008 and offers students a fantastic range of apparatus for outdoor education in amongst the woods of Kent College. Apparatus includes zip wires and rope walks over the lake, an abseil wall, monkey bars, postman's walk, scramble net and many others.
The Darbyshire Wing Science Laboratories were opened on Saturday 20th September 2008 by Vice Chancellor of the University of Kent: Professor Julia Goodfellow CBE. This building comprises 4 new laboratories and a specialist area for Sixth Form students, as well as a bigger area for staff to work in. The Darbyshire Wing takes its' name from the former Chair of Governors June Darbyshire MBE who retired in 2009.
The Countess of Wessex Theatre was opened in March 2002 by former pupil and husband, Their Royal Highnesses' The Countess and Earl of Wessex and was originally named The Judi Dench Theatre. Following a technical fire in 2011 the Theatre was refurbished and reopened in March 2012 by The Countess of Wessex who also gave permission for the school to re-name this much loved facility 'The Countess of Wessex' Theatre
The Theatre has a modern, flexible performance space that is a first class venue for traditional theatre and theatre in the round. Raked seating provides comfort and excellent lines of sight with a maximum capacity of 300, as well as a stage that is 40 foot wide and 40 foot deep. Computerised lighting and sound equipment is managed from a control room on the first floor.
The school is continually investing in IT facilities and a campus-wide network of computers provides the latest software, email for every student and member of staff, broadband Internet access and CD-ROM databases. New IT suites have been developed, and the boarding houses and Sixth Form study centre provide networked IT facilities. Apple Mac computers, scanners, colour printers, digital cameras and digital video cameras are available for use by the students and staff.
The purpose-built Music Centre provides teaching rooms, several practice rooms and storage for instruments. A modern Apple Mac suite with specialist software and keyboards is used by music and A-level Media Studies students.
Textiles and Food Technology are offered in well equipped rooms offering a modern and forward thinking approach to design and creativity linked to ICT including computer controlled machinery and a sublimation printing system.
In recent years the Sixth Form study centre, Tilley, has been redeveloped to provide more study rooms, sixth form teaching rooms, a large comfortable common room with kitchen, and networked IT facilities. In 2012 Tilley was refurbished and expanded, making room for the growing Sixth Form.
The boarding bedrooms and communal areas are modern and homely. The school is committed to an ongoing programme of refurbishment in both Boarding Houses (Hawkwell & Hargreaves - Junior Boarding and James & Osborn - Senior Boarding) with new furniture, carpets and curtains being added continuously. In the Senior boarding house all study bedrooms are fitted with internet links.
The Dining hall provides a light airy space for pupils and staff in both schools to eat lunch and is where all boarders have their meals.