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Location and Transport

 

By Road 

The school is situated on Old Church Road off the A228 and A21, next to Pembury Old Church.

From London/North

From the M25 take junction 5, A21 (south) towards Sevenoaks and Hastings. After passing Tonbridge take the exit signposted to Capel, Kent College and Pembury Old Church, follow this slip road round onto Pembury Walks, at the end of this road you should turn left on to Old Church Road and on towards Kent College.  Alternatively continue along the A21 and take the slip road towards Tunbridge Wells Hospital and Pembury.  At the traffic lights, turn left onto the A228 and take the first exit on the left into Old Church Road. Kent College is at the end of this road. When travelling from central London the journey should take about 1 hour and 30 minutes but we advise you to allow longer at peak travel times.

From Hastings/South

If approaching from Hastings and the south, travel on the A21 (north). At the junction with the A228/A264 branch left (signposted Maidstone) then at the roundabout take the first exit and at the next roundabout take the second exit for the A228. Stay on the A228 going straight through the traffic lights (do not take the turn into Pembury village) and continue for about half a mile. Just before you reach the pedestrian bridge overhead take the left turning into Old Church Road and Kent College is at the top. There is a school sign indicating that the Prep School is to the right and the Senior School is straight ahead. From Hastings the journey is about 26 miles and you should allow about 40 minutes, plus extra time during peak travel times.

From Maidstone/Wateringbury

From Maidstone follow signs to West Malling A20/Tonbridge A26. At the junction with the A26 (one-way system) take the left-hand lane then continue forward to the A26 (one-way) signposted Tonbridge. Follow the A26 through Barming, Wateringbury and the edge of Mereworth. At the junction with the A228/B2016 take the first exit off the roundabout to join the A228 signposted Tunbridge Wells. Keep on the A228 past the Hop Farm Country Park. At the junction with the B2017 take the 2nd exit off the roundabout, continuing on the A228 through Colt’s Hill. Stay on the A228 past the turning on the left for Pembury village and just past the pedestrian bridge overhead take a right turning into Old Church Road; the school is at the top. There is a school sign indicating that the Prep School is to the right and the Senior School is straight ahead. We suggest you allow about half an hour from Maidstone.

By Train

The nearest train stations are a 10 minute taxi ride away at Tunbridge Wells and Tonbridge. Trains from London take 42 minutes between Charing Cross and Tonbridge. The international Eurotunnel station at Ashford is about half an hour away from the school.

By Air

The school is about a 40 minute drive from Gatwick international airport and about an hour from Heathrow international airport via the M25 and A21. Transport to and from these airports can be arranged for boarding students at the beginning and end of terms.

When planning your route to the school the online AA route planner provides step by step directions: 
www.theaa.com/travelwatch/planner_main.jsp

Kent College Transport Service

The Kent College Transport Service offers flexibility, allowing families to book regularly in advance or on an occasional basis. We aim to help reduce the stress of the school run by offering a service that accommodates the needs of our day pupils and their families.

There are 12 different routes across Kent which are assessed every academic year to ensure we cater to the needs of all pupils and their families.

There are many social benefits in using this service; it enables girls to meet others from their local area and across year groups. Many girls find that using our safe and reliable service instils greater confidence and independence.

Every year the transport service has an increase in demand and the school caters for as many girls as possible. Girls can use the service from Year 1 and above. In the Senior School 57% of all day pupils use the service and in the Prep School 10% of day pupils use the service.

Minibuses

We currently have a fleet of 10 minibuses, with experienced and qualified minibus drivers who provide a reliable and consistent service.

Depending on where the route begins, drivers will aim to collect your daughter ensuring that they are at school by 8.25am. For return journeys, drivers depart from the school at 4.30pm.

Late Bus Service

The School operates two late buses, one to Edenbridge and the other to Hawkhurst, which run from Monday to Thursday. 

Late buses do not run on the first and last week of term.  Girls must sign the list in the Hawkwell corridor (outside the Bursary) to reserve a place, places are strictly limited.

Daily Transport Schedule 

Please note that routes may be vary over time as the population of the school changes. Destinations will be amended according to demand. 

For further details and to enquire about costs, please contact Mr Mike Phyall on phyallm@kentcollege.kent.sch.uk

Route 1 : Edenbridge, Westerham, Brasted

(Route now served by external coach)

 

 

 

 

Departs

 

Zone

7.30 Edenbridge Leisure Centre 3
 7.33 The Swan Inn, Edenbridge  3

 7.35

Crockham Hill, (Main Road, B2026)  3

 7.38

The Royal Oak, Crockham Hill 3

 7.43

Hosey Hill/French Street 3

 7.50

The White Hart Hotel Car Park, Brasted 3

 8.00

Slip Road (in front of houses in Sundridge) 3

 

 Route 2 : Broadwater Down, Frant Road, Warwick Park

 

 

 Departs

Kent College Minibus

   Zone
7.40 A26 / Broadwater Down 1
7.45 Frant Road (The Bull) 1
7.45 Birling Road (start) 1
7.47 Birling Road (middle) 1
7.48 Birling Road (top) 1
7.50 Warwick Park/ Richmond Place 1
7.55 Claremont Road 1
7.58 St James' Church, Sandrock Road 1

 

Route 3A: Hawkhurst, Beneden, Charity Farm @ Hartley, & Goudhurst    
Departs Kent College Minibus Zone
7.20 Waitrose carpark @ Hawkhurst 3
  End of Tongswood Drive, Rye Road 3
7.25 Rye Road, Four Throws

3

7.30 Rye Road, Just before Foxhole Land 3
7.40 Benenden Village Hall 3
7.50 Charity Farm Shop  (B2086) 3
8.00 Goudhurst Village 3

 

Route 3B: Sissinghurst, Staplehurst, Marden, Horsemonden, Matfield    
Departs Kent College Minibus Zone
7.25 Milk House @ Sissinghurst 3
7.30 Staplehurst (A229/Marden Rd crossroads) 3
7.38 Howland Road, Marden 3
7.45 St Michael's Church, Marden 3
7.50 Goudhurst Rd, Marden (opp Redbrook) 3
8.00 Heath Stores, Horsemonden 2
8.05 Memorial hall, Brenchley 1
8.10 Matfield/Brenchley Road/ B2160 1

 

Route 4 : Ightham, Ivy Hatch, Hadlow, Golden Green    
Departs Kent College Minibus Zone
7.20 Hazelbourne , Bangays / H'bourne 3
7.25 Ightham, George & Dragon 3
7.30 Ightham Farm Shop, A25 3
7.30 The Harrow, Common Road 3
7.32 Ivy Hatch, The Harrow 3
7.35 Ivy Hatch, Ismays Road 3
7.35 Ivy Hatch, Sandy Lane 3
7.35 Ivy Hatch, Coach Road 3
7.45 Ivy Hatch, The Plough 3
7.52 Ashes Lane / High House Lane 1
7.55 The Square, Hadlow 1
8.00 Golden Green, Hartlake 1

 

Route 5: St Johns Rd in Tunbridge Wells    
Departs  Kent College Minibus Zone
7.35 Opposite Arriva Depot, St Johns 1
7.35 Sainsbury's Local, St John's Road 1
7.38 Bus Stop, East Cliff Rd / FTA , St John's Sport Centre 1
7.43 Wilman Rd Junction Powder Mill Lane 1
7.46 Chestnut Avenue Southborough 1
7.48 Crendon Park Southborough 1
8.00 Fountain , Bus Stop Southborough 1

 

Route 6: Penshurst, Bidborough, South Tonbridge    
Departs  Kent College Minibus Zone
7.30 Fordcombe Road, Penshurst  2
7.40 Village Hall, Bidborough 1
7.45 Harland Way, Bidborough 1
7.55 Tonbridge Police Station 1
7.57 Pembury Road, Deakins Leas  1

 

Route 7: Otford, Riverhead, Sevenoaks, Morleys Roundabout, Pembury    
Departs Served by external coach Zone
7.15 The Pond @ Otford 3
7.25 Harvester @ Riverhead 3
7.30 London Rd/Morewood Close 3
7.35 Sevenoaks Train Station 3
7.40 Sevenoaks School 3
7.45 Morleys Roundabout (A21) 3
8.00+ Mercure Hotel, Pembury 1

 

Route 8:  Leigh, Hildenborough Church, Hilden Manor, Yardley Park, South Tonbridge     
Departs  Kent College Minibus Zone 
7.30  Little Borwn Jug  1
7.35 Leigh (The Green)  1
7.38 The Hayel Philpotts Lane  1
7.40 Hildenborough Church  1
7.41 Coldharbour Lane, Flying Dutchman Stop  1
7.46 Hilden Manor 1
7.47 Hilden Oaks School 1
7.52 Yadley Park  1
7.53 Hadlow Road nr corner   

 

Route 9: Crowborough, Groombridge, Langton, Tunbridge Wells     
Departs  Kent College Minibus Zone
7.30 Crowborough, Waitrose  3
7.34 London Road, Innhams Wood 3
7.40 Groombridge 3
7.45 Langton Green, The Hare 2
7.47 Langton, Farnham Lane 2
7.51 The Spa Hotel 1
7.55 Tunbridge Wells Railway Station  1
7.57 Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre 1
8.00 Pembury Road (near Shandon Close) 1
8.05 Oakley School  1

 

Route 10: Kings Hill, Stonnel, Paddock Wood     
Departs  Kent College Minibus Zone 
7.25 Bovarde Avenue 3
7.30 Discovery Drive/ Clearheart  3
7.35 Kings Hill Golf Club 3
7.40 Discovery Drive (near Forest Way) 3
7.45 Tonbridge and Malling Council Offices, Kings Hill  3
7.50 Mereworth (near Kent Motorcycle) 3
8.05 Hale Street, East Peckham 1
8.10 Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood 1
8.20 St Andrews, Police Station, Maidstone Road 1

 

Route 11: Crouch, Plaxtol, Hadlow, East Peckham    
Departs  Kent College Minibus  Zone 
7.17 Seven Mile Lane 3
7.24 Crouch, The Chequers 3
7.29 Plaxtol, Papermakers Arms  3
7.32 Kentish Rifleman, Roughway  3
7.40 Blackmans Lane Hadlow 1
7.45 Tonbridge Road, East Peckham 1
7.55 The Nursery at Whetstead  1

 

Route 12: Mayfield, Mark Cross, Forest Road, Bells Yew Green, Bayham Abbey and Lamberhurst    
Departs Kent College Minibus  Zone 
7.25 West Street, Mayfield  3
7.27 Memorial Hall, Mayfield     3
7.30 Mark Cross Inn, Marks Cross    3
7.35 Frant Memorial Hall  3

7.50

The Brecknock Arms, Bells Yew Green

2
7.55 Bayham Abbey Entrance opposite Forge Gardens 3
8.00 Opp the Chequers, Lamberhurst     3
8.02 Lamberhurst golf club

 

 

Late Bus Service (leaving Kent College at 5.30pm)

The School operates two late buses which run from Monday to Thursday.  Late buses do not run on the first or last week of term.  Girls must sign up for a seat on a late bus (lists are pinned up in the Hawkwell corridor outside the Bursary) to reserve a seat before 2.00pm on the day of travel. Places are strictly limited. 
 
 To Edenbridge                                                                                To Hawkhurst  
 Tunbridge Wells Assembly Hall Theatre  Lamberhurst
 Southborough  Horsmonden   
 Tonbridge  Goudhurst
 Hildenborough Sissinghurst 
Sevenoaks Benenden
Riverhead Hawkhurst
Westerham May also call at the Assembly Hall Theatre if Edenbridge service has insufficient seats 
Crockham Hill  
Edenbridge   
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