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Established 1400 years ago in the 6th century, the King’s School, Canterbury, is thought to be the oldest continuously operating school in England and Europe. Today, it educates nearly 1300 students, ranging from age 3 to 19, across three different sections.

In the early centuries the School was attached to Canterbury Cathedral which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The School was re-founded by King Henry VIII in 1541 and hence the name ‘The King’s School’. It received a new Royal Charter from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1946.

The famous ‘King’s Week’, the festival of music and drama at the end of the summer term started shortly thereafter, in 1952.

The School has continued to evolve and modernize to meet today’s educational demands. Its new International College opened in 2018, and the Shenzhen campus will open in 2019.

The King’s School, Canterbury, has enjoyed a distinguished reputation and excellent academic results. It is labelled ‘outstanding’ in regular independent inspections. Every year more than 99% of its graduating class go on to world class universities, and over 20 of our students were admitted to Oxford and Cambridge in 2018.

Established 1400 years ago in the 6th century, the King’s School, Canterbury, is thought to be the oldest continuously operating school in England and Europe. Today, it educates nearly 1300 students, ranging from age 3 to 19, across three different sections.

In the early centuries the School was attached to Canterbury Cathedral which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The School was re-founded by King Henry VIII in 1541 and hence the name ‘The King’s School’. It received a new Royal Charter from King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1946.

The famous ‘King’s Week’, the festival of music and drama at the end of the summer term started shortly thereafter, in 1952.

The School has continued to evolve and modernize to meet today’s educational demands. Its new International College opened in 2018, and the Shenzhen campus will open in 2019.

The King’s School, Canterbury, has enjoyed a distinguished reputation and excellent academic results. It is labelled ‘outstanding’ in regular independent inspections. Every year more than 99% of its graduating class go on to world class universities, and over 20 of our students were admitted to Oxford and Cambridge in 2018.

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