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Academic Standards

 

Kent College has an excellent examination pass rate of which any school would be proud, with 100% pass rate at GCSE and A-level, and academic standards that are consistently high. Click here for further information  about our most recent exam results. We provide an outstanding value added education where girls consistently achieve higher grades than predicted by their entry-level ability as seen on the chart below (data provided by the Centre of Evaluation and Monitoring, University of Durham).

In January 2016 we were delighted to achieve the top award of 'excellent in all areas' from the Independent Schools Inspectorate.  Findings relating to the School's academic standards include:

  • Pupils demonstrate excellent levels of knowledge, skills and understanding in all subject areas.

  • The curriculum is excellent; it shows great breadth, effectively covers all the appropriate areas of learning, whilst suiting all abilities and needs.

  • A-level indicates that pupils make progress in the Sixth Form that is excellent in relation to the average for pupils of similar abilities.

  • Teaching is well structured and proceeds at a challenging pace, using a wide range of stimulating methods and resources that encourage pupils to think and work independently.

  • There is a particularly strong rapport between teachers and pupils, enabling the teaching to be purposeful and effective.

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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).

Excellent Examination Results

As a result of these measures, examination results are high and on a par with local selective schools, including the grammar schools. At KC, students are closely monitored and the progress of each girl is discussed in detail by her teachers every four weeks. The students are taught to set their own targets for improvement and senior students agree action plans with their teachers. Parents receive progress grades twice a term with a full report at the end of each term. They are also invited to discuss their daughters' progress at regular Parents’ Consultation Evenings.

A co-ordinated programme is delivered by school staff with the help of visiting speakers. At relevant stages, girls learn about a variety of important issues to help them take responsibility for their well-being.

Careers education is available throughout the senior school and is written into the curriculum from Year 9. There are individual interviews, aptitude tests, visits to careers conferences and university open days, and a work experience scheme help students make informed choices. There is a well-stocked careers library and computer resources with a wide range of information on careers and higher education. Professional qualified careers staff are always available to offer advice at any stage and academically able students are prepared for admission to Oxford and Cambridge.

The Curriculum

Years 7, 8 and 9 (Key Stage 3)

Students in Years 7, 8 and 9 are usually aged 11 to 14 years old. 

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.

Further details about GCSE courses are provided in the detailed GCSE curriculum guide which is available  on request.

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.

Full details of courses are available in the A level course booklet which is available on request.

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.Click here for more information on our Enrichment Studies Programme

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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