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The King's School Canterbury

In 2017 - 25% of A Level students achieved A* grade
Address: 25 The Precincts, Canterbury CT1 2ES, United Kingdom
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Description The King's School Canterbury

  • The King's School Canterbury was founded in 597
  • Location The King's School Canterbury: Canterbury, Kent, United Kingdom
  • Age of the students of The King's School Canterbury: 13-18 years
  • Total number of students: 792 people (616 at the hostel)
  • Type of accommodation: full-board (full board)
  • Type of education: joint (mixed)
  • Language of instruction: English.

Founded in 597, The King's School Canterbury (King's School Canterbury) is one of Britain's oldest boarding schools. Today the school in the picturesque old Canterbury teaches about 800 boys and girls aged 13-18; is part of the school and Junior King's own preparatory school, located two miles from the main campus. The girls were able to study here only in 1971, and completely switched to the mode of joint (mixed) teaching, the school moved to 1990. In general, the territory of The King's School Canterbury is a whole campus, adjacent to the main Cathedral of the city and the abbey of St. Augustine.

Students at The King's School Canterbury demonstrate the highest academic results, significantly exceeding the national average:

  • GCSE is successfully passed by 99% of students (not lower than the C grade), and up to 9 subjects of the examination level are selected
  • A-level 21% of students take 4-5 subjects, 79% stop in three disciplines, earning an average score of 731 on exams.

The system of supervision and mentoring of a group of teachers - Tutor System - has been working successfully in the school since 1886. Curators regularly (usually weekly) meet with their wards, regulating and stimulating their success in academic, creative, sports, extracurricular and social life, compose and send out to parents interim and final reports, monitor the progress of students. For students who experience learning difficulties and may fall behind the main program, there is a special support system Learning Support.

For senior pupils, there is a special Career and Career Center that helps graduates determine their future profession, the most suitable institution. According to statistics, 95% of students successfully enter institutions of higher learning (55% of them prefer to take an academic year of rest):

  • 10% of graduates study dentistry, medicine, pharmaceutics or veterinary medicine;
  • 30% study in technical and scientific programs;
  • 50% choose the humanities and social sciences;
  • 5% stay on business courses;
  • 5% get a specialty in the field of art, music, design and creativity.

Often graduates who take academic leave a year spend it on intensified preparation for the best universities in the UK and the world, where the competition is particularly serious and uncompromising:

An important place in school education is religious education, regular Catholic services (Anglican church, Sunday visits of the cathedral are mandatory), however children of any confession and religion can study here. The school belongs to the category of moderately selective, accepts obligatory uniforms, uses the institution of elders and prefects (they are appointed from among senior pupils, as well as senior in residences and approved personally by the director). The rules of behavior are fairly moderately strict: deductions follow the use of alcohol, drugs, smoking, hazing and humiliation, persecution of other students.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in The King's School Canterbury

Program name
from 12 985 £ / term


A traditional British general education course completing a part-time secondary education program: the GCSE certificate (General Certificate of Secondary Education) gives students the opportunity to enter the Sixth Form program and further to universities.

In total, examinations at the end of the 10th grade are given in 8-10 disciplines: some of them are compulsory (for example, mathematics and English), some are chosen by students as electives independently. Necessary attention is paid to physical exercises and education, creative electives, many of which can serve as examination items (for example, drama and acting). Foreign languages ​​are required (Spanish, German or French, in the upper grades the list expands), can be studied as a separate subject of ICT (information and communication technologies). For ICT, you can even pass a specialized exam and receive an ECDL (European Computer Driving License) certificate.

The cost of schooling is:

  • day form (without accommodation) = 8,430 £ / term
  • full board (with accommodation on campus) = 11,120 £ / term.
from 12 985 £ / term


A successful British program for high school students at the Sixth Form (12-13 grades, 16-18 years). Graduate students are preparing for admission to universities: they study a limited number of subjects (3-5) during 2 years, but the study is conducted at a deep, thorough, almost university level. The A-level certificate with high enough marks is highly appreciated by the admission commissions: it allows the applicants not to pass additional entrance examinations and tests.

According to the school statistics, the total number of A-level subjects available to students reaches 27. 40% stop mainly on humanitarian courses and art studies, 40% study more accurate and engineering sciences, 20% manage to combine both directions. High school students have the opportunity of full-fledged working practice - they can apply for help to the school Career and Career Center.

Very popular is the study of foreign languages: French, German, Spanish, Russian, Japanese, Chinese (Mandarin), Italian. You can study information and computer technologies (ICT) as a separate subject and even pass an exam for the ECDL (European Computer Driving License) certificate.

The cost of schooling is:

  • day form (without accommodation) = 8,430 £ / term
  • full board (with accommodation on campus) = 11,120 £ / term.

Accommodation, housing and food

For students-boarders are provided comfortable dormitories-residences, separate for boys and for girls: 5 women's homes and 6 men's, each of which accommodates 60 children. Together with the students in the residences, the tutors and part of the teachers, Housemaster or Housemistress are constantly on duty (the analogue of our commandants is "the hostess of the boarding house"); there are 3 boarding houses for rest and employment of day students.

The residences have comfortable kitchens where students can prepare their own tea, sweets and snacks; There is also a school shop with stationery, snacks and useful trivia, a school restaurant and an entertainment center, the Social Assistance Center. Students of secondary and senior classes can go to the city 2-3 times a week (of course, with the permission of teachers and with their notification of return). You are allowed to use your own bike, and there are spacious parking spaces.

On the campus there is a modern medical center: around the clock, qualified nurses are on duty, a doctor-therapist and a psychotherapist specializing in working with students regularly take place.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : art, Chinese, Classical civilization, Computers, critical thinking, design and technology, drama, economics, English, English literature, French, geography, geology, german language, history, History of art, Italian language, Japanese, maths, music, Music technology, Natural Sciences, philosophy, physical Culture, physics, politics, Religious studies, Russian language, Spanish, the photo

Events The King's School Canterbury

The social extra-class life of students is very rich and varied - you can not get bored here for a minute! Performances, celebrations, concerts, parties and discos, debates and debates, intellectual contests, quizzes and sports events are regularly held, including with students from other surrounding county schools. There are interesting educational trips abroad, student and language exchanges with France, Peru, Italy, Germany.

A big place in school life is given to sports. Students can do it for their own pleasure, at leisure, and defend the honor of the school in a variety of competitions and earn scholarships - both in command and in individual sports:

  • rugby;
  • football;
  • cricket;
  • judo;
  • cross-country running;
  • rowing;
  • sailing;
  • rock climbing;
  • hockey;
  • tennis;
  • swimming;
  • Athletics;
  • gymnastics;
  • water polo;
  • netball;
  • dance and choreography;
  • canoeing;
  • golf;
  • lacrosse;
  • badminton;
  • volleyball;
  • squash;
  • fencing;
  • karate;
  • basketball.

In general, physical training and sports are included in the compulsory curriculum of each student, regardless of his age - in 9-11 classes there is even a subject "Physical education" that can be taken at the examination level.

Areas of dramatic, theatrical and acting art are developed, choreography of different styles: you can take these subjects at the GCSE and A-level exams, you can pass the LAMDA profile exam (London Academy of Music and Drama). Do not remain without attention and the direction of design, visual and visual arts: especially worth noting painting, textiles, design and ceramics, pottery.

Demand for music is also great: there are many talented and gifted children among the pupils, almost 50% of students go to regular classes (mostly they master various instruments). On a permanent basis, there are 4 school choirs and a symphony orchestra, bands of ancient and modern music, jazz and blues bands, rock bands (altogether more than 26 bands!), Tours around the country and abroad are organized. There is an opportunity to take the music exam at GCSE and A-level.

It is worth mentioning the outstanding event, which is held annually in the last week of the summer trimester - King's Week. Not only parents and friends of students come to this bright festival of art, recreation, music, entertainment and dramatic art, but also visitors from other cities of Great Britain. Students demonstrate their talents, abilities, and acquired skills in all conceivable forms of creativity - a bright holiday sums up the outgoing year, showing all the best in the students.

The school is rich in various sections, clubs and communities of interest (more than 30!) - each student will be able to find a lesson for themselves and a crowd of friends, like-minded people. Many communities are headed and developed by high school students: for example, King's Parliament (school parliament), Caxton Society, Marlowe (literary club), Harvey (science club).

High school students can devote their free time to classes in the United Cadet Corps, to fight for the prestigious Prize of the Duke of Edinburgh - all this can be a significant plus when entering the university. Many events are held between the Residence Houses: it is always honorable and prestigious to defend the honor of their House.

Equipment The King's School Canterbury

The King's School Campus Canterbury is located in the old Canterbury, Kent, a 1.5-hour drive from London (southeast of England), and occupies a huge beautiful estate. All the main buildings are located near the magnificent St. Augustine monastery and cathedral - both buildings belong to the list of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage and represent the true architectural pearls, masterpieces of bygone eras. But in the school there are also modern, ultra-technological buildings, built or restored recently. Separately it is worth noting the wonderful extensive library, bright large auditoriums and a large Recreation and Leisure Center for students, as well as computer equipment: the school employs more than 200 PCs accessible to students 16 hours a day and united into a single school network. PCs are available both in classrooms and study rooms, and in residences, all connected to the Internet.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The cost of schooling is:

  • day form (without accommodation) = 8,430 £ / term
  • full board (with accommodation on campus) = 11,120 £ / term.

The academic year includes 3 terms. The indicated cost already includes:

  • learning by program;
  • accommodation and meals - full board;
  • basic textbooks, books and materials;
  • free use of the entire school infrastructure and facilities;
  • excursion program, leisure activities on schedule, creative and sports clubs;
  • laundry service (for boarders).

It is paid additionally and does not enter into cost:

  • Registration fee = 100 £
  • Deposit confirming the place on the course
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for tuition (= 1 trimester cost)
  • Stationery, additional teaching aids and materials
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • School Uniforms
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Most students enter the school at the age of 13 and 16: for the selection of applicants, a Common Entrance exam is used and own school testing in mathematics, English and basic sciences (special skills are not required), as well as individual interview-interviews. If you are applying for a place in the A-level program - be prepared to provide a GCSE certificate with at least 7 grades not lower than C.

According to statistics, more than 50% of secondary and senior school applicants are primary school students of the same educational institution.

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- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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