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Visitors and Lecturers


At Kent College there are many opportunities for pupils to hear from external speakers and guest lecturers as part of the subjects they are being taught (organised by the Head of Department) or as extra-curricular opportunities.

Every year the whole school is invited to attend our Speech Day (summer term) and Birthday Lecture (autumn term) events where we invite a keynote speaker to deliver an engaging and thought provoking speech or presentation.  In recent years, speakers have included:


Birthday Lecture Speech Day
  2017 The Very Reverend Professor Martyn Percy, Dean of Christ Church in Oxford
2016 Dame Stella Rimington - Author and former Director General of MI5  2016 Gervase Phinn - Author and Educator 
2015  Clarke Peters - Actor 2015 Kent College Girls - Mrs Huang's Goodbye
2014 Jonathon Porritt - Environmentalist 2014 Mrs Jo Salter - Britain's First Female Fighter Pilot
2013 Miriam Margolyes - Actress 2013 Dr Stephanie Cook MBE - World & Olympic Champion Pentathlete
2012 Dr Ben Goldacre - Scientist 2012 Rev Dr Mark Wakelin - President Designate of the Methodist Conference
2011 Dan Snow - Historian 2011 Mrs Jan Berry - Former Chair of the Police Federation & Government Advisor
2010 John Sergeant - Political Broadcaster 2010 Rt Hon Ann Widdecombe - MP for Maidstone & the Weald
2009 Sandi Toksvig - Author, comedienne & journalist 2009 Dr Frances Lannon, MA DPhil, FRHist.S - Principal of Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
2008 Germaine Greer - Journalist & Academic   


In the Sixth Form pupils enjoy regular talks from visiting guests as part of their Higher Education Programme. The subjects of these talks vary from pastoral topics including alcohol awareness, safe driving, self image and self defence to academic and higher education topics including Gap Years, University applications and success in the workplace. Recent speakers have also included Nick Medlam on The UK's cost of membership outweighs the benefits of being in the EU and Ben Patterson on The advantages of EU membership for the United Kingdom.

Our Margaret James Society also provides pupils from Years 7 - Upper Sixth with plenty of opportunity to hear from academics regarding a variety of topics and themes.  This Society was established for the Scholars of Kent College, however pupils across the school are welcome to attend the lectures if they are interested in the subject being discussed. For further information about the Margaret James Society please click here

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