Welcome to our Boarding Community

“Boarding is a means for me to have a home away from home, granting me the freedom I would not otherwise have to discover myself and grow as a person. I am able to surround myself with a second family of people from diverse cultures and backgrounds which allows me to appreciate and learn from individuals that are different from me. Through boarding at Kent College, I was allowed to create lasting bonds with amazing people and take the time to develop into an individual I can be proud of.”

Year 12, Austen House

Kent College has a long history of welcoming boarding pupils from abroad, as well as from British families resident in the UK or working overseas. Around a third of pupils at Kent College are boarders, and there are over 40 countries represented in our boarding community. Our boarding students bring great richness and diversity to life at Kent College, as well as helping all of our pupils to understand and respect different cultural traditions.

We ensure that boarders are fully integrated into all aspects of school life – academic, social, musical, sporting and across the wide range of extra-curricular activities on offer. Our friendly and comfortable boarding houses truly become a ‘home away from home’, and many lifelong friendships are formed in our boarding community.

Kent College boarders celebrating another great year with the Summer Slam Festival, June 2018.

Location and transport

The school’s location overlooking the beautiful cathedral city of Canterbury mean that boarders at Kent College have the best of both worlds – a healthy, safe environment close to beautiful countryside, and to the city’s excellent facilities. Canterbury is also within easy access of Gatwick, Heathrow, London City and Stansted airports, the Channel Tunnel and Dover ferry, and has frequent high-speed trains to London. For more information about our location and transport click here.

We strongly encourage all prospective boarding pupils and their parents to come and visit us to meet our welcoming boarding staff, and see the houses for themselves. To arrange a visit call +44 (0)1227 763231 or click here.

“Boarding pupils are at the heart of Kent College as they are integrated into everything that the school has to offer. Life in a boarding house is an education in itself, you will need to learn to live with and get on with others in a rich and diverse boarding community. Boarding also prepares you for life after school as you become more self-sufficient and resilient and it enables students to make a smooth transition to university and into becoming an independent adult. You learn, you grow, you love and are loved, you achieve and you find your way into the world with your boarding family and your shared experiences to guide you.”

Director of Boarding, Mr Chris Joy

Questions? Please contact the Director of Boarding, or take a look at the KC Boarding Pupils’ Handbook here.

  • Boarding options

  • Our Boarding Houses

  • Boarders’ Activities and Trips

  • Boarders’ FAQs

“I really like boarding because it’s like having a new family and new amazing friends who are always supportive and motivating.”

Full boarding: Most of our boarding pupils are full boarders – they stay at school throughout the term and are able to take full advantage of the wide range of sport, trips and activities on offer at the weekends.

Weekly boarding: this option allows students to enjoy the stimulus and structure of boarding life during the week while being at home with family at weekends – although there is so much going on at school during the weekends, including the boarding activities programme, that many weekly boarders often choose to stay for weekends too.

Occasional boarding (subject to availability): this option is useful if parents need to be away for short periods. Please contact registrarseniorschool@kentcollege.co.uk for more information about occasional boarding. The occasional boarding parental consent form can be found here.

Information about fees for all boarding options is available on our Fees page here.


“Boarding has allowed me to expand my qualities as a person; I am now more independent, I have more friendships and I have been given a confidence boost.”

There are five boarding houses at Kent College Senior School, three boys’ houses and two girls’ houses. All of the boarding houses have House Parents who live in, and who are responsible for the welfare of the pupils in their house. The House Parents are assisted by Assistant House parents, House Managers and Resident Tutors, and between them they ensure the care of our boarders 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Younger pupils may be accommodated in rooms of up to four, while students in Years 12 and 13 are allocated a study bedroom of their own wherever possible. In each boarding house there are common room facilities for all pupils which include Sky TV, Wifi, kitchen and dining areas and games areas. Each house has its own character and style but all have similar rules and values.

Click below to see information about each of our Houses











Throughout the week and at weekends there is a wide range of activities and trips available to all boarders. These include school sports training and fixtures, music and drama rehearsals and performances, opportunities for volunteering, trips to the theatre or sporting events, and shopping expeditions. Canterbury has many attractions and boarders are allowed to visit the city centre at the weekend at the discretion of their House Parents, although junior boarders are always supervised.

Example weekly activities – Badminton; Basketball; Conservation; Cooking (Yr 12 & 13); Dance; DoE Bronze, Silver, Gold; Equine (horse care and riding); Five-a-side Football; Gym (over 16 years); Martial Arts; Pilates/Aerobics; Swimming; Tennis; Volleyball ; Yoga; Young Enterprise (Yr 12); Young Farmers’ Club.

Example weekend trips – Dreamland, Margate; Paintballing; New Scientist Live; Thorpe Park; Pink Floyd Exhibition: V&A Museum; Royal Albert Hall Classical Concert; Ice Skating & Tower of London; Science Live: Victoria Theatre, London; Westfield Shopping Centre; Brooklands Motor Racing & Concorde; Football: Charlton Athletic; Chinese New Year Meal: Café De China; Windsor Castle & Park; Go-Karting; Greenwich Shopping; Howletts Wildlife Park; Trampolining & Ice Skating.

What is the daily routine?
Details of the daily routine for boarders during the week and at weekends can be found here and in the Boarding Pupils’ Handbook.

Is there school on Saturday?
There are no formal lessons on Saturday, but there are usually sports fixtures and team practice in the morning as well as catch up sessions and other activities.

What else happens at weekends?
There is a full programme of boarders’ activities at weekends.

Are pupils allowed out after school?
Boarding pupils are allowed into town at the discretion of their House Parents and after a suitable induction. They are generally allowed to go into Canterbury on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Details can be found in the Boarding Pupils’ Handbook.

Can my child put posters on their walls?
Yes this is permitted in the boarding houses.

Special diets?
Our Head Chef caters for special diets such as gluten-free, or lactose-intolerant and works closely with the staff in the school’s medical centre to ensure that pupils with specific needs are well looked after.

What are the laundry arrangements?
Laundry is done for the boarders. Pupils put their washing into the laundry bins on the allocated day. All pupils are responsible for their own ironing (all age groups).

How many others will my child share a room with?
Most rooms in boarding are doubles, while the younger years share rooms in groups of 2 to 5 depending on their year group and boarding house. There are a number of single rooms available for Sixth form students. Most rooms have ensuite bathroom facilities while others share larger bathroom facilities.

When do boarders do their homework?
For Years 7-9, homework (prep) is done in Study Hall at the end of the school day – this is supervised by a member of staff. Older students work more independently in their boarding houses during quiet times before and after supper.

What happens when a boarder is ill?
The school has a fully equipped Medical Centre which is staffed by medically trained nurses 24 hours a day during term time. Click here for more information.

Is there someone in the boarding house during the day?
Yes, the House Manager is on duty during the day, so there is always someone in the house to help if a boarder has a problem.

How far is the nearest airport?
Gatwick Airport is approximately 1 hour 15 minutes, Heathrow Airport approximately 1 hour 40 minutes and Stansted approximately 1 hour 30 minutes by car/taxi.

Can the school arrange airport transfers?
Airport transfers are arranged by parents or the pupil’s guardian. Boarding pupils under 16 must be collected from the school by a guardian, parent or other named adult.



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We look forward to seeing you.