Canterbury: best-rated primary and secondary schools

There is a huge choice of highly-rated schools in Canterbury including comprehensive, grammar and private schools.
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It is not hard to find a state primary school which is judged “good” by the government’s education watchdog Ofsted, but it is the following primary schools which are judged “outstanding”: St Peter’s Methodist in St Peter’s Grove; St Stephen’s Junior School in Hales Drive; and Wickhambreaux village school. St John’s CofE in St John’s Place recently replaced both the Diocesan and Payne Smith school and Kingsmead; the former was judged “outstanding”.

The King’s School (co-ed ages 13 to 18) in The Precincts is a historic private school which is often described as the oldest school in England; it is able to trace its origins to a school set up by St Augustine in the sixth century.

The other private schools in the city are: St Christopher’s School (co-ed, ages three to 11) in New Dover Road; St Edmund’s School (co-ed ages three to 18) in St Thomas Hill which educates the cathedral choristers; and Kent College (co-ed, ages three to 18) with the nursery, infants and junior school in Church Hill and the senior school in Whitstable Road.

Canterbury has three grammar schools: Barton Court (co-ed, ages 11 to 18) in Longport; Simon Langton Girls (ages 11 to 18) in Old Dover Road, both judged “outstanding”; and Simon Langton Boys (ages 11 to 18) in Langton Lane, judged “good”.

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