The best schools in Kent
As a large county that takes up the south-east corner of the UK, Kent has a strong education system with lots of excellent schools to consider. Whether you live along the coast in a place such as Dover, or close to London in the Ebbsfleet area - this is a great part of the country to call home if you have children. While Tonbridge and Sevenoaks are among the best private schools in Kent, here we pick out three of the county’s top state primary and secondary schools.
Best primary schools in Kent
- Gateway Primary Academy
The Gateway Primary Academy in Dartford tops local league tables as one of the best primary schools in Kent. Known for its strong Key Stage 2 results and pupil progress, the school’s relatively small size means there’s a strong focus on each individual child.
- Ethelbert Road Primary School
Also quite small with around 200 pupils, Ethelbert Road is rated as outstanding by Ofsted. Sitting in the south of Faversham less than half a mile from the town’s train station, the school is only a short stroll from our Perry Court development.
- Barnsole Primary School
A larger school with a total of around 700 pupils, the outstanding Barnsole Primary lies in the heart of Gillingham. The capacity is swelled by the adjoining nursery, meaning little ones aged two and up can start at the school before moving on to reception.
Best secondary schools in Kent
- Invicta Grammar School
Regularly topping the list of the best schools in Kent, Invicta is an outstanding state grammar that has a capacity of around 1,600. The school is located in Maidstone and has a coeducational sixth form, with only girls admitted below that age.
- Dartford Grammar School for Boys and Girls
Dartford is home to two of the best grammar schools in Kent, with outstanding selective single-sex schools for both boys and girls. The two schools are right across the road from each other, while the boys’ school is slightly larger with an enrolment topping 1,500.
- Highworth Grammar School
Like Invicta, Highworth Grammar only caters for girls up to sixth form, when boys are admitted to take their A Levels to boost the total capacity to around 1,500. Founded in 1904, the school is outstanding in Ofsted’s eyes and only a couple of miles from our Chilmington development.