List of Independent Schools in Kent

There are a range of independent schools in Kent covering mixed schools, schools for boys and schools for girls.

Below you’ll find a list of those schools that we have included which have entry into year 7 (11 Plus entry).

Kent Independent Schools accepting entry into year seven

Bethany School

Bethany School is a mixed school.

Bethany School- 337 pupils.

“Bethany is a genuine extension of the home, providing a safe, secure and welcoming environment and pupils and staff come to know each other well throughout their time together. Good principles, such as tolerance and respect for one another, and a true feeling of belonging and self worth are of the utmost importance, and they seek to develop these within each and every pupil from the moment they arrive.”

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Gad’s Hill School

Gad’s Hill School is a mixed school.

Gad’s Hill School- 349 pupils.

“The school is a wonderfully happy, vibrant, forward looking community. Located in the small, semi-rural village of Higham, between Rochester and Gravesend on the North Kent coast, they provide independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-16. Set in the grounds of the former Georgian home of world-renowned author Charles Dickens, overlooking the countryside and just 22 minutes by train from London, the school enjoys a superb setting for the nurturing of young minds and development and growth of our pupils.”

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Kent College

Kent College is an all girls school.

Kent College- 559 pupils.

“Kent College Pembury is a leading Methodist independent girls’ senior school for boarding and day pupils in rural Kent. The ethos is founded on nurturing confidence and providing an exciting range of opportunities to inspire and achieve success. Pupils achieve excellent GCSE and A-level results, enabling them to gain places at universities of their choice to fulfil their cherished ambitions.”

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King’s School

King’s School is a mixed school.

King’s School- 658 pupils.

“King’s School, Rochester, is an HMC, IAPS, CSA and ESHA Independent Day School for boys and girls from the ages of 3 to 18 with boarding for boys and girls aged 11 to 18.”

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Sutton Valence School

Sutton Valence School is a mixed school.

Sutton Valence School- 874 pupils.

“Set in the heart of Kent, the beautiful surroundings of Sutton Valence School have been inspiring pupils since 1576. Their greatest strength is the community. Staff, pupils and parents enjoy a mutual respect and kinship that allows each individual to embark on a unique educational journey; a journey fuelled by self-confidence, hard work and high academic standards.”

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Preparing for entry into an Independent School

We have developed a section on how to prepare for Independent school exams and how to prepare for Independent School interviews so do please feel free to use these resources if you would like to.

If you are thinking of trying for an Independent School scholarship or bursary then please see our information page on that topic.

Equally, many independent schools publish past papers and we have past papers and sample papers which are useful for preparation in all the core areas:

Free sample 11 Plus English practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Maths practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Verbal Reasoning practice and past papers

Free sample 11 Plus Non-Verbal Reasoning practice and past papers