Our Boarding Houses
Boarders’ Activities and Trips
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.