Aims & Ethos
Our aim is to anchor a 21st-century education within the illustrious history of the oldest school in the country, dating from 597 AD.
The late Lord Pilkington, one of our most distinguished Headmasters, described a King’s education as resting on the simultaneous pursuit of academic and co-curricular excellence.
Our 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. Our 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.
The school is situated within the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral in Kent, a World Heritage Site. The buildings are a mixture of old and new ranging from the 14th-century Meister Omers to the 21st-century New Grange. Such a setting, by its very nature, creates a close-knit and warm-hearted community that is spiritually aware, historically informed and appreciative of aesthetic beauty. Excellent pastoral care means that adolescents can grow up in a secure and nurturing environment where individuals value the success of others as much as they enjoy their own triumphs. The energy and the spirit of the pupils are a worthy match for the exceptional environment.