Beyond the Classroom
Duke of Kent School is proud of its broad programme of extra-curricular activities which gives students the opportunity to explore and develop their individual talents and passions. After-school activities offered may be artistic, dramatic, creative, sporting, musical or cultural in nature and are led by our energetic and committed teaching staff. Occasionally, our programme may be supported by outside experts, (Dance, or Dog Obedience for example,) in which case a charge is made to parents; otherwise all our after-school activities are offered as an integral part of the Duke of Kent School experience.
Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme
We encourage all our students to participate in the Duke of Edinburgh programme during their GCSE years. Initial training in outdoor pursuits takes place in our woodland camping ground. Students gain confidence through developing new skills and serving in the School or wider community. All Senior pupils are encouraged to take their Bronze award during Year 9 and 10, with Silver award available to for those ready for even greater challenge.
Educational and Cultural Visits
Throughout the school year, students take part in excursions, visits and residentials which enhance their learning experience and encourage them to develop as thoughtful, independent and confident individuals. Teaching staff regularly organise visits related to their areas of study, both locally and abroad; to theatres, galleries, university departments and historical buildings; to Barcelona, Paris, Geneva and the Somme Battlefields, for example. Team-building activities on water, up trees and underground, unashamedly celebrate the joy of sharing exciting experiences with friends.
There are also regular optional trips in areas off the curriculum: we want our pupils to explore and enjoy the world for the sheer love of it and not just because 'it might come up on the GCSE exam'. Whether this means a trip to the Old Vic to see a play that is not on the syllabus, or a visit to the Horse of the Year Show, or to hear a celebrated historian discuss his latest book, or to watch the England basketball team, or to the High Courts, our teachers love to introduce their students to new and exciting experiences.
We are delighted to welcome the wide range of inspiring and accomplished visitors who accept our invitation to speak to our pupils each year. Without exception, speakers comment on the engagement of our students and the quality of their questions. We believe that the intellectual stimulation of the events is just part of the story: here the seeds of future careers and lifelong passions are planted.
Our speakers have included:
- Tanni Grey-Thompson DBE
- Marcus Alexander, author of the Keeper of the Realms Series
- Ruth Barnett, Kindertransport survivor
- Debra Craine, Times Ballet Critic
- Giles Duley, humanitarian photographer
- Matt Dickinson, author and explorer
- David Cornthwaite, Adventurer and filmmaker. Duke of Kent School Alumni
- Ben Fogle, explorer and presenter
- Chemmy Alcott, British World Cup alpine ski racer.
- Ann Milton, Member of Parliament
- Kriss Akabusi, Olympic Gold Medalist
- Tessa Sanderson CBE, Olympic gold medallist
- Jeremy Strong, children's author
- Sally Gardner, Author, Carnegie Medal for Maggot Moon
- Simon Weston, Falklands veteran
- Simon Mayo, author and Radio 2 DJ
- Jack Donnelly, actor, BBC series Atlantis, in which he played the role of Jason
- Dan Smith, author
Every year we have a number of charity fundraising events and assemblies designed to raise awareness of causes pupils might want to support. Prep pupils plan and run a Christmas Fair as part of their Creative Curriculum, as well as numerous cake sales throughout the year and a Valentines Disco.
In the Senior School Year 10 form our Charities Committee and have responsibility for choosing the School Charity and for arranging a series of events throughout the year to raise money and build community spirit. Every other year the whole school, from Nursery to Year 11, join in a Sponsored Walk. Recent School Charities have included the Cranleigh Food Bank and Salima LEA School in Malawi.