Ethos and Aims

Duke of Kent School Ethos

Duke of Kent School strives for excellence, expects and celebrates effort, nurtures well-being and presents challenge. Our small size allows each pupil to be known and cared for as an individual.
We have a growth mindset, operating on the principle that all learners can, when properly challenged and supported, achieve extraordinary progress. Our focus is on achieving personal best in every aspect of development. We expect, and celebrate effort.
Duke of Kent School works in partnership with parents to support and promote all aspects of pupils’ development. We prepare our pupils to play a positive role in their adult lives, as independent learners and thinkers, and to be responsible members of the local and global community.

We expect all members of the community to exercise tolerance, kindness, respect and empathy. We value diversity and pursue equal opportunities for all. 

Religious Character of the School: Collective acts of worship are Christian, in the Anglican tradition, in keeping with the Christian heritage of the School; practices such as the saying of Grace before meals in the Pre-prep and Prep School and at formal meals in the Senior School also derive from this tradition. While children learn about a variety of different religious traditions through various curricular subjects, the festivals and ceremonies celebrated are those of the Christian tradition. Pupils of all faiths and none are welcome at our School. Parents who wish their children to be excused from participation in acts of worship, or pupils who wish to be excused, are welcome to contact the Head.

Our Aims and Expectations

  • We aim to build a community in which kindness and respect are central and to pursue equal opportunities for all.
  • We aim to know and care for our pupils as individuals, to promote their well-being and to respond to their needs and interests.
  • We aim to offer a broad, engaging, stimulating and challenging age-appropriate curriculum to all our pupils, from Nursery to Year 11. We aim to support and challenge pupils in all areas of their development: linguistic, logical, personal, physical, social, moral, cultural and spiritual.
  • We aim to develop a growth mindset in our pupils and expect pupils and teachers to focus on the ‘personal best’ approach, striving for improvement.
  • We want our pupils to experience the joy of learning alongside their teachers, inside and beyond the classroom; we aim to equip them to be independent thinkers and learners throughout their lives.
  • We aim to teach pupils to be positive, compassionate and constructive members of their local and global community, ready to face the challenges of the future, and to provide them with opportunities for teamwork, leadership, service and moral development.
  • We aim to work in partnership with parents to support and promote all aspects of pupils’ development.
Judith Fremont-Barnes, September 2017