Our Boarding Community - An Introduction
Kent College is a vibrant and exciting place with a strong sense of community and superb pastoral care. Boarding is central to the school’s life and Christian ethos and is one of our great strengths. We are very fortunate to have such a close-knit boarding community at the heart of our school. Girls are able to be full or weekly boarders. We also have a very popular flexi-boarding community for day pupils which our parents find to be an invaluable service and which embodies the 24/7 life of the school.
Girls thrive in the beautiful, rural grounds and outstanding care and nurturing. We believe that the family atmosphere present in the boarding houses has an extremely positive effect on all of the girls and staff here.
"The highly committed house leadership team run the houses smoothly and sensitively." ISI Report 2016
At Kent College, we encourage our boarders to appreciate the values of a community life. It engenders team spirit, helps girls learn to accept each other’s failings and to support each other in times of difficulty. Boarders at Kent College learn to respect their own and other people’s property, the importance of being kind and courteous and taking responsibility for one’s own actions. The spiritual development of our boarders is also an important part of our ethos; in an increasingly individualistic world, these qualities stand our boarders in good stead.
"Boarders highly value the friendships they make, and deem them the most important aspect of the boarding experience." ISI Report 2016
At Kent College there are two Boarding Houses; James & Osborn is for older girls in Years 10- Upper Sixth, whilst Hawkwell & Hargreaves is for younger girls in Years 4-9. Each house has its own Senior Housemistress and assisting team of staff. Usually Upper Sixth Formers each have their own room, while Lower Sixth room in twins. Girls from the other older years tend to share in triples. The youngest boarders are in bedrooms for three or four girls and have great fun together.
An International Community
Our boarders come from the UK, from British Services families, expatriate families and from other nations. Our core aim is to maintain a good balance of British and overseas boarders in the houses and teaching groups. We are a small, global community learning to respect and understand each other.
We maintain a good balance of boarders living within and outside of the EU, and provide excellent integration for all new pupils and especially for those who are from overseas. Activities, inductions and a constant sense of community encourages new boarders to meet one another and to quickly feel part of the Kent College boarding community.
To celebrate our international community our boarders hold an annual International Evening which is the highlight of our calendar. This is an opportunity for the girls to celebrate their own cultures through dance, drama and song. The evening is concluded with the ever competitive inter-house song.
Most girls are full boarders who stay at weekends, whilst a number of local girls are weekly boarders who go home on Friday evenings. Should you require a different scenario ranging from 1 night to several weeks, please contact the school regarding our Flexi-Boarding Service.
The way we run boarding encourages the girls to appreciate the values of a community life. It engenders team spirit, helps girls learn to accept each other’s failings and to support each other in times of difficulty. Boarders at Kent College learn to respect their own and other people’s property, the importance of being kind and courteous and taking responsibility for one’s own actions. The spiritual development of our boarders is also an important part of our ethos; in an increasingly individualistic world, these qualities will stand our boarders in good stead.
Activities for Boarders
At the weekend and during the week after lessons, there are a whole host of activities that are arranged. Weekend activities might include a visit to a theme park, cinema or skating rink, a cycle ride or a trip to London for shopping and galleries, craft activities and multi-sport competitions, suited to the age and interests of the girls.
"Pupils are enthusiastic and achieve excellent standards in a rich variety of extra-curricular activities," ISI Report 2016
Our award-winning healthy and international cuisine caters for all tastes and needs including vegetarians and those on special diets. The only difficulty is deciding what to choose! The main dining hall provides cooked breakfasts and a wide choice of hot and cold dishes with a salad bar at lunchtimes and in the evenings. In-House breakfasts are a regular weekend treat.
All boarders need contact with home, and girls can contact their parents by mobile, email, internet via Skype and post. The school office and House staff regularly communicates via email with boarders' parents. In the Senior Boarding House the sixth form committee produce a boarders' termly newsletter which is emailed home. Both Heads of Boarding, Sarah Krushandl in the Junior House and Gilly Cable in the Senior House, write a regular ‘Boarding Life’ blog, which keeps parents updated on news and events in the boarding house.
The school has a Nursing Sister who takes care of the medical needs of all boarding students, including dental treatment, eye testing and illness whilst at school.
All parents based overseas must have a guardian in the UK for their daughter. The guardian acts in loco-parentis in emergencies and will be responsible for care and accommodation during the holidays and exeats (when applicable) whilst a boarder is in the UK. It is therefore advisable for the guardian to reside at a suitable proximity to pupil/school.
UK Visas & Immigration Tier 4 requirements stipulate that every non-EU student must arrive on the first day of term with her passport showing a current visa or a BRP (Biometric Residence Permit) . These documents should be handed to staff for verification. Students cannot be accepted at school without this documentation.
Where applicable, some students are required to register with the Kent Police Nationality Department within 7 days of arrival in the UK.
It is the responsibility of parents or guardians to ensure visa renewal is requested from UK Visas & Immigration well in advance of expiry date.
Information regarding student visas can be found on the UK Visas & Immigration website at www.gov.uk
Location and Travel
The school is ideally located in the south-east of England which has good communication networks. London is just 40 minutes away by train, Gatwick and Heathrow international airports are about an hour away, and seaports and the Channel Tunnel are within easy access. At the beginning and end of term the school organises transport to and from the airports. For more information click here.