Boarding at Kent College Junior School

Kent College Junior School offers a uniquely special boarding experience for children from all around the world. The children will be looked after in a family environment with their own individualised plan to ensure that they are happy, safe and challenged during their time with us at Prep School.

Sidney Cooper Boarding House

Our Boarding House is based on the first floor of the main school building which was originally the home of the famous Kent painter Sidney Cooper. Students have use of the 14 acre campus and have homely bedrooms and their own group common rooms where they can hang out, play games and watch TV in the evening. Live-in houseparents oversee their well-being, supported by a team of tutors and trained nurses. Our boarding facilities are developed to cater to children on their first experience of boarding life at Prep School. Our staffing organisation, idyllic, rural environment and excellent facilities make it a safe and wonderful place for children to grow up.

Staying in touch and keeping busy

Parents are encouraged to play a full part no matter the distance and children can stay in touch with their families in the evenings and weekends through their email addresses or via their own mobile phones. Alternatively, duty boarding staff always have a mobile phone which children can use to contact their families if needs be or through google meet video sessions. We are here to accommodate you by whatever means suits you best.

Children thrive in a caring, challenging community and with the variety of activities, trips and outings available after school and at weekends there will be plenty to keep students occupied. Boarding offers so many benefits for children to develop their social skills and lasting friendships as well as preparing them for the crucial skills they will need for their next steps as they start Senior School.

Whether they are with us for one night a week or seven, we will do our utmost to ensure that your children feel happy and build their self-confidence and independence in this home from home environment.

Parents and children can choose from a variety of flexible boarding options as follows:

Full-time boarding

Weekly boarding

Occasional boarding and Supper Club

If you have plans for the evening or need to work later than planned we have a flexible supper club or occasional boarding programme. Children can stay on with the boarding community after 6.00pm for an evening meal or for the night in our Boarding House.

We can also cover longer stays of a week or more if there is space available in the Boarding House.

Children staying for supper club or overnight can make their way to the Boarding House after their 6:00pm activity finishes.

Music, Sports and English Language Boarding Experiences

Our Junior School offers excellent standards in Music and Sports teaching and also provides experienced EAL teachers. For pupils who would like to benefit from specialist teaching in Sport, Music or English we offer one, two or three term courses that develop their talents.

Please contact prepenquiries@kentcollege.co.uk for more information about Boarding in the Junior School. You can also call 01227 762436

Boarders' Weekday Routine

Breakfast 7.50am
Normal school routine 8.40am-6.00pm
Supper 6.20pm
Boarders’ activities 6.45-7.45pm
Bedtime (onwards according to age) 8.15pm

Boarders' Weekend Routine

We have a diverse programme of activities and outings at the weekend from trips to the cinema or walks on the beach to ice skating at the Natural History Museum or visits to the theatre.

Saturday
Breakfast 8.30am
Morning: Sport or School Farm
Lunch 12.15pm
Afternoon: Sport/Activity or an outing
Supper 5.30pm
Evening: Activities e.g. movie night/swimming party Evening

Sunday
Breakfast 8.30am
Morning: Visit or outing off-site Lunch on the outing or at the Senior School
Afternoon: Outing off-site
Supper: 5.30pm
Evening: Activities/preparation for Monday

House Parent - Sidney Cooper House

A very warm welcome. My name is Miss Wood, I am the House Parent of Sidney Cooper House where I live with my two children and our cheeky cats Luna and Mowgli.

I am also Head of KS1 and teach in Year 1 at the Junior School. Having taught children from Reception to Year 6 in previous posts, I have lots of experience with children of all ages.

We want you to have lots of fun during your stay with us and want to give you lots of opportunities to grow and develop into the very best version of you.

We encourage everyone to continue to practise the school’s KORR values (Kindness, Openness, Respect and Responsibility) and expect you to display these qualities around the boarding house.

Kindness and respect for others and ourselves is at the heart of everything we do. We will also encourage everyone to be open and challenge themselves to try new activities and experiences.

While being a nurturing and caring environment, we encourage you to learn to take responsibility for yourselves and your belongings with our guidance and support.

I hope that you will see Sidney Cooper House as your home while you are at school and a place where you feel safe, cared for and comfortable to be yourself.

Questions about Junior Boarding?

Whatever you want to know, please send us an email and we will gladly answer all your questions.