THE PURSUIT OF EDUCATION AND HAPPINESS AT THE KING’S SCHOOL, CANTERBURY
At the heart of a King’s education is the dual pursuit of academic and co-curricular excellence. The wide-ranging interests, the intellectual ambition and the development of self-discipline that such pursuits engender are highly prized in our modern global society. The quality of the teaching and the breadth of the activities outside the classroom mean that the lessons learnt, and the skills acquired stay with the pupils for life.
An essential feature of this process is the way in which it does not matter if the passion is for sport, music, acting or chess — to make a random selection of the plethora of opportunities for young people at King’s.
The philosophy behind the pursuit of academic excellence is that talented pupils are stretched but not stressed by enlightened and stimulating teaching. The Lower and Middle School curriculum combine a broad sweep of both the arts and the sciences which nurture a careful training of the mind. The vibrant and intellectually exciting Sixth Form provides the ideal springboard for strong applications to Oxbridge, Russell Group, and other top UK and US universities.
The King’s spirit gains its momentum and release through the equal weight attached to co-curricular activities. King’s possesses the knack of developing individual passions that often become lifelong pursuits; sporting, musical, and artistic opportunities abound for every pupil.
Music at King’s has a distinguished history with a strong reputation for performances of outstanding quality and variety. The Edred Wright Music School boasts recital rooms, percussion and recording studios, a library, choral room and music technology suite and plays host to over 600 individual music lessons each week.
The wonderful new facilities at The Malthouse campus, which include a 334-seat theatre complete with orchestra pit, state-of-the-art dressing rooms and separate drama and dance studios, allow pupils to get involved in all aspects of performance from acting and dancing to backstage production.
A new sports hall adjacent to the theatre houses the UK’s biggest school fencing salle, adding to the wide-ranging sporting facilities already on offer at King’s. High-class venues located at Birley’s Playing Fields and the Recreation Centre add to the sporting experience of pupils at all levels. Access to facilities including the swimming pool, gym equipment, and the rowing centre at Westbere Lake offer pupils ample opportunities to try out new sports as well as give high-performers the facilities they need to push themselves.