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The King’s School, Canterbury, is the oldest school in the UK and probably in Europe, and possibly in the world.

Its origins and continual history can be traced back to the year 597 AD,

though it acquired its name ‘The King’s School’ in 1541 when the institution was re-founded under King Henry VIII. Situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Canterbury Cathedral and St. Augustine’s Abbey, the architecture of the Senior School reflects a respectful mix of old and new, ranging from the 13th Century Meister Omers House to the 21st Century New Grange. The Junior School also occupies an historic site, formerly a sixteenth century country mansion This setting of both schools creates a community that is spiritually aware, historically informed and appreciative of aesthetic beauty.

This September, we shall be adding to this historic family by opening a small and exclusive International College in Canterbury in a state-of-the art new building,

based upon modern pedagogic principles, on a former industrial site in the city. King’s, both Senior and Junior, already embraces international students but the College will offer more opportunities for children from around the world to experience our all-embracing and forward-looking education. This spirit of internationalism and innovation are also reflected in our desire to share our education with children in Shenzhen.

Our vision is to bring one of the world’s oldest schools to the newest city in China in state-of-the-art buildings designed entirely for providing education of the highest quality.

In so doing, we shall combine both a long and trusted tradition with the best of modern pedagogical practice in magnificent new buildings for the benefit of everyone concerned: King’s in Canterbury will learn as much from King’s in China as the other way round.

King’s is not seeking multi-franchise operations in China or elsewhere.

Rather, we are interested in a small number of top quality (global) institutions that will work as a vibrant and creative educational network for the 21st century. The International School in Shenzhen is the first and probably the most important of these, setting the standards for other to follow.

Its origins and continual history can be traced back to the year 597 AD,

though it acquired its name ‘The King’s School’ in 1541 when the institution was re-founded under King Henry VIII. Situated in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Canterbury Cathedral and St. Augustine’s Abbey, the architecture of the Senior School reflects a respectful mix of old and new, ranging from the 13th Century Meister Omers House to the 21st Century New Grange. The Junior School also occupies an historic site, formerly a sixteenth century country mansion This setting of both schools creates a community that is spiritually aware, historically informed and appreciative of aesthetic beauty.

This September, we shall be adding to this historic family by opening a small and exclusive International College in Canterbury in a state-of-the art new building,

based upon modern pedagogic principles, on a former industrial site in the city. King’s, both Senior and Junior, already embraces international students but the College will offer more opportunities for children from around the world to experience our all-embracing and forward-looking education. This spirit of internationalism and innovation are also reflected in our desire to share our education with children in Shenzhen.

Our vision is to bring one of the world’s oldest schools to the newest city in China in state-of-the-art buildings designed entirely for providing education of the highest quality.

In so doing, we shall combine both a long and trusted tradition with the best of modern pedagogical practice in magnificent new buildings for the benefit of everyone concerned: King’s in Canterbury will learn as much from King’s in China as the other way round.

King’s is not seeking multi-franchise operations in China or elsewhere.

Rather, we are interested in a small number of top quality (global) institutions that will work as a vibrant and creative educational network for the 21st century. The International School in Shenzhen is the first and probably the most important of these, setting the standards for other to follow.

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