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Academic Standards

 

Academic Excellence 

Our GCSE and A-Level results are excellent with a significant proportion of girls achieving the top grades. In 2019, 21% of girls achieved the highest Level 9 at GCSE with 62% achieving 9-7 (previously A*-A). 79% were awarded Level 9-6. At A-Level, 36% of grades were A*-A, 71% A*-B and 90% A*-C.

Our Value Added

Exam results are obviously important but they do not really tell the full story of what a school or student has done to achieve their excellent grades. To see the true impact that a school is making, it is essential to look at other measures, particularly Value Added; this is a nationwide statistical measurement of the impact that schools, including Kent College, make in terms of enabling academic progress at key points in a student’s education.

In Year 10 girls sit the cognitive ability Yellis test provided by the Centre for Evaluation and Monitoring (CEM) at The University of Durham.  This test provides projected grades for each GCSE subject that a girl is studying. CEM then look at the final GCSE results in Year 11 and analyse the difference between the prediction and the final outcome, the difference being the “value added”. CEM then rank subjects and schools by performance.

Kent College is proud that its Value Added scores are among the best in the country, with girls in 2019 achieving nearly 0.7 of grade higher per subject than predicted in Year 10. This is a testament to our girls excellent work ethic and the quality of our teaching. In terms of the national picture this places us in the top 8% of independent and state schools. Several of our subjects performed particularly well. For instance, our English department has been ranked 1st for English Language for the last two years.

At the start of the Sixth Form our girls also sit the ALIS test, also provided by CEM, with the same method being used to calculate Value Added. Again we are able to demonstrate that we were adding significant value. In 2019 Kent College was ranked in the top 24% of schools nationally.

We are extremely proud of our girls’ examination performance and it is good to see, in such a measurable way, that Kent College is the right place for excellence to thrive.

A Christian School

As a Christian school, Kent College has a policy of accepting a range of abilities, which will span from those girls who are very able to those with mild learning difficulties or who have gaps in their knowledge due to interrupted schooling. The school can support such a range of abilities by providing a high level of individual attention through small teaching groups (the average size is 16 girls per class and smaller at GCSE/A level) and close monitoring. In addition, our Additional Educational Needs Department co-ordinates individual learning programmes. For example, high achieving students may have extra lessons when taking early/extra GCSEs or A-levels, whilst less able students may need extra lessons to fill gaps in their knowledge, and overseas students have extra English with a specialist EAL teacher. The Department has also extended the provision of learning skills courses (accelerated learning).

An Extensive Curriculum

The extensive curriculum aims to develop intellectual curiosity and a thirst for learning, encouraging girls to think independently and put their knowledge to good use in the real world. Communication of ideas and fluent expression in English and other languages are taught, along with mathematical concepts and the confident use of information technology. Girls make the most of this balanced programme of creative and scientific subjects by learning, with the guidance of their teachers, a disciplined approach to private study.

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

The Curriculum

Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)

The Lower School curriculum is designed to incorporate the best aspects of the Key Stage 3 (KS3) National Curriculum and Common Entrance (CE). We provide a greater variety of subjects to deliver a broad and balanced curriculum.

In Year 7, all girls are taught in form groups. They study three modern languages (French, German and Spanish), classical civilisation, a curriculum enrichment programme (CEP), as well as traditional subjects (English, maths, science, history, geography, religious studies), information and design technologies, and creative and performing arts.

In Years 8 and 9, girls choose two of the three modern languages and are introduced to Latin. Girls are taught in different groups depending on the subject. We believe that some subjects are better learnt in setted ability groups and some subjects are better learnt in broadly mixed-ability classes.

School examinations are held at the end of each academic year.

Years 10 and 11 (GCSE)

Students in Years 10 and 11 are usually aged 14 to 16 and follow the two-year GCSE (General Certificate of Secondary Education) course or International IGCSE courses with public examinations at the end of Year 11. Double Award science students take one GCSE at the end of Year 10.

All students work towards examinations in in English language, English literature, mathematics, religious studies and science. All girls take physics, chemistry and biology either as three separate GCSE subjects or as the Double Award examination. In addition, most girls are also required to take a modern language. Each girl selects four or five option subjects from a list which includes:

  • Art
  • Business & Communication Systems
  • Classical Civilisation
  • Drama
  • Economics
  • Film Studies
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • History
  • Latin
  • Music
  • Physical Education
  • Geography
  • Spanish 
  • Textiles Design

Girls in Years 10-11 follow a Life Skills programme which covers health education, citizenship, a GCSE short course in religious education, and physical education. The careers' advice started in Year 9 continues throughout the GCSE years, with work experience in Year 11 following the GCSE examinations.

School mock examinations take place in the Spring Term of Years 10 and 11, with public examinations in May/June.

Sixth Form (A-Level)

Most students study four (AS) subjects in the first year and three of the same subjects (A2s) in the second year.

A -Levels offer the chance to study chosen subjects in depth and are the passport to higher education. During the two year course, students develop a more independent approach to learning. An exciting programme of conferences, lectures and visits features in the programme for all subjects. One afternoon per week is set aside for physical education, and there are a number of different activities from which to choose.

Extensive careers advice is provided in the Sixth Form with interview workshops, visits to careers fairs and university open days. Comprehensive information is provided on higher education courses, universities and application procedures.

All A level students participate in an Enrichment Studies Programme, designed to develop key skills which will be useful in all walks of life. They participate in the University of Liverpool's Curriculum Enrichment Programme,  the Community Sports Leaders' Award, join the School Newspaper Editorial Team, write an extended essay, undertake an extended project or take the Leith's Basic Certificate in Food and Wine. Students can also take the Guildhall School of Speech and Drama Speaking Skills Examinations. Outside visits are arranged to universities, conferences, museums and political institutions.

A Summary of the Curriculum in Years 7 - 11

Subjects Studied

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Core Curriculum English Language & Literature
  Mathematics
Science & ICT Science
  Physics    
  Chemistry    
  Biology    
  Information Communication Technology    
  Business & Communication Studies      
Humanities Religious Studies
  Personal, Social, Health & Citizenship (PSHCE)
  Geography
  History
  Classical Civilisation    
  Economics      
Additional Languages German
  Spanish
  Latin  
  French
Arts & Technology Art & Design
  Drama
  Information Communication Technology    
  Business & Communication Studies      
  Film Studies      
  Music
  Textiles Technology
  Food Technology
Physical Education Physical Education (GCSE)      
  Hockey, Netball & Swimming
  Tennis, Athletics & Rounders
  Gymnastics    
  Badminton & Trampoline    
  Dance        
  Aerobics      
  Basketball
  Volleyball      

Key:                   Compulsory

                          Optional

Click here for further information about the Sixth Form and higher education.

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