Pastoral care

Looking after your Child

The pastoral network

Children’s experience at Kent College Junior School is enriched by their interaction with a variety of teachers, teaching assistants and other members of the school community. As a result, each child is known personally by so many which enables us to provide the richest pastoral care possible. All members of the school community are here to help you and your child.

The school offers appointments with a trained counsellor each Friday morning. Tutors are in their classrooms from Monday to Friday at 8:30 am. As part of our open door policy and holistic approach to pastoral care, we encourage you to communicate with us to ensure your child is happy, and looks forward to school each day.

All members of the school community are here to help:

  • Buddies and Mentors
  • Form and House Tutors
  • House staff
  • Chaplain
  • Medical Centre Staff and the School Doctor
  • Deputy Head
  • Head and his wife
  • Subject teachers

There is also an Independent Listener, who is introduced to the school at the start of the year and who visits and has supper with the boarders every Monday evening.

Form tutors

All pupils are also assigned a Form Tutor who is a full-time teacher. If a parent or guardian has any concerns about his/her son or daughter, then the first person they should contact is the pupil’s Tutor. The Tutor may refer the matter to the Senior Teachers who work in close co-operation with the Head to ensure the well-being of all pupils at Kent College.

Parent partnership

From Early Years onwards, the insights parents give us regarding the personality and individual development of their child are highly valued. Through a strong partnership between home and school, support for each child’s learning is optimised. Parents are welcome to see staff before or after school for brief meetings. For longer discussions it is best to make an appointment.

There are two parents’ evenings, when all the teaching staff are available, in the Autumn and Spring terms. All children receive a full written report at the end of each academic year. Please communicate any confidential matters via a separate letter to the class teacher.

Health & Wellbeing


The Medical Centre is situated in the Senior School grounds and has its own private entrance. A registered nurse is always available and pupils have access to the facilities both day and night. Dr Julian Thompson runs a surgery in the school Medical Centre twice a week. He is part of a practice at Cossington House GP surgery in the centre of Canterbury, where we can also access appointments if required at other times, and with a female GP.

Medical staff are also in place at the Junior School during the normal school day, 8am to 4pm. All medicines must be taken to the Junior School Medical Room and must be administered by the School Nurse. If your child has been sick or had diarrhoea they must be kept at home for 48 hours to avoid the spread of infection.

Please ensure you have completed the online Health Questionnaire before you arrive at school (

Senior School

Junior School

Eating well at KC

At the Junior School, all food is cooked on the premises, by Ady Smith our Chef and her team who use local and trusted suppliers for meat, fish, fruit and vegetables. In addition, Ady is also able to source pork, lamb and mutton from the school’s own farm. We cater for special diets such as gluten-free, or lactose-intolerant and Chef works closely with the nurses in the school’s Medical Centre to ensure that pupils with specific needs are well looked after. Snacks are provided for all pupils up to Year 1. Children in Years 2 to 6 are encouraged to bring in a sandwich or other healthy snack to eat at break times.



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