St Faith's Prep, Ash near Canterbury, Kent
St Faith's Prep, Ash near Canterbury, Kent

The Kent Test

The Kent Test is something of a Holy Grail in our part of the country, and St Faith’s Prep has built a reputation for outstanding results in this as well as in the entrance exams for the excellent independent senior schools local to us. But what leads to such an impressive level of success? There are many measures we take to give our children the best possible chance when it comes to taking any exams, and it starts with our very youngest children.

Small class sizes are a given, but no more than you would expect at any good prep school. Consistently strong teaching and learning is harder to come by, and our girls and boys benefit from specialist teachers across the curriculum and throughout the school, with particular strength in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science. A pro-active system of intervention if a child is struggling reaps huge benefits and has led to students moving from SEN to Gifted and Talented. Endless opportunities to try new experiences, take risks and assume positions of responsibility from the youngest years, as well a culture of reward and praise, build confidence and enthusiasm in our children, and lead to those vital skills of self-motivation and strong work ethic.

Taken together, this approach to educating and learning gives students who start with us in Reception all the tools they need to tackle the Kent Test, independent school entrance exams and their school life beyond St Faith’s Prep wherever that may be.

Find out more about our approach to learning in How We Learn in Lower School and How We Learn in Upper School.

"Having had three children go through the school, I can't praise Mr Groves and his team highly enough. All three secured scholarships at local independent schools and grammar school places." Ex-parent