The origins of
stand with the arrival of St Augustine in 597 AD. His foundation, centred on monastic life in his abbey in Canterbury, combined worship, prayer and education, a tradition which has been continuously followed ever since. In 1541, the Abbey Foundation was re-formulated under King Henry VIII. The Abbey was translated to become Canterbury Cathedral and the school to become the King's School. Thus it is that the Headmaster, Lower Master and scholars of King's are part of the Cathedral Foundation.
The late 15th and early 16th centuries formed a period in England of commitment to a new learning, as classical texts were rediscovered and society embraced new movements in science, classical studies, theology and mathematics. King's was fully involved with these developments from the earliest days and today retains its commitment to learning and to the belief in the benefits which learning can bring to humanity and to the world.
The school's Christian tradition is at its heart and there is a desire to foster Christian virtues of love and justice, faith and courage, hope and perseverance. Of course, pupils and staff comprise individuals of different faiths and beliefs but there is a desire to aspire to Christian values. In the Cathedral, and in other places of worship, school services and prayers regularly take place.
There are 6 boys' boarding houses, 6 girls' boarding houses and 3 day houses. Junior King's, the prep school of King's, occupies a captivating Swallows and Amazons site on the River Stour, in Sturry, 3 miles from Canterbury.
The Senior School occupies various sites around the Cathedral and its Precincts. Many teaching departments and the majority of houses are in the beautiful ancient buildings around the Green Court, on the north side of the Cathedral. To the east of the Cathedral, the St Augustine's site is home to 5 boarding houses and the magnificent school library. There are 2 major sites for sport, Birley's and Blore's, each with extensive sports facilities.
Augustine was a Benedictine and the educational purposes of King's still lie with the Benedictine tradition of upholding balance in mind, body and spirit. Thus, academic endeavour and scholarly habits, fundamental in any education, take their place alongside the school's commitment to health and hospitality as well as to spirituality and reflection. Sport is pursued at all levels with rigour and enjoyment. The creative arts have a special place at King's. Music and drama are outstanding, both having the finest traditions and producing performances of the highest standards.
To King's has been given the privilege of the rich fabric of an ancient Christian foundation. All around there is beauty and aspiration to the best in human endeavour. Boys and girls who come here join a community in which they are nurtured and grow, and to which they can contribute fully, going out with purpose, confidence and humanity into the next stages of their lives.
The Junior King's School
is part of the King's School Foundation whose roots in the educational tradition go back to the sixth century and the arrival in Canterbury of St Augustine.
Founded in 1879, the Junior King's School spent its first half-century in the Cathedral Precincts under the wing of the Senior King's School. The School moved out into the countryside to its present spacious premises at Milner Court, Sturry, just two miles from Canterbury in 1929. The 16th century Manor House, set in 80 acres on the banks of the River Stour, along with a superb Tithe Barn and Oast, offered a wonderfully spacious and attractive new home for a Prep-School.
Over the years, the school has been enhanced to include modern science laboratories, a separate Art, Design and Technology Centre, a swimming pool, new libraries and recreation rooms, and most recently, a fine new Dining Hall and a superb Sports Hall. Although geographically separated from the Senior School, the Junior School remains very much a part of King's, which now offers continuity of education for both boys and girls until the age of 18.
For information about entry to The Junior King's School, Canterbury please contact:
- Mrs V A Wells B.Ed (Hons.):
by writing to her at:
The Junior King's School
+44 1227 714019 / 714000
+44 1227 713171
Please follow this link to view the
Canterbury Cathedral website
is a cultural, social and educational society for parents and friends of the School.
The programme for the Lent Term includes: the first King's Society Quiz night, a visit to King's Place in London, a talk by Antony Worrall Thompson, an evening of fine dining in Gateway Chamber, and a cultural weekend trip to Seville.
King's Society events are open to all members and are free of charge unless otherwise stated.
Mrs Alison Huntrods
: King's Society Secretary
for more details.
Owned and managed by the country's oldest independent school,
The King's Recreation Centre
was designed not only for pupils' recreation but also as a facility to be shared with the local community. As a 'dual use' Centre, its facilities are among the best in the country.
Here at King's, members and their families exercise in exclusive surroundings. The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly; members whether 6 months or 70+ are warmly welcomed, whatever their ability and level of fitness. If a leisure complex is a new experience, the Centre staff are there to provide help and encouragement. Platinum, Gold, Silver or temporary memberships are offered, although there is occasionally a waiting list. Our reception staff will be happy to advise you on the membership type and payment method that will best suit your needs.
Please note that OKS and parents of current King's school pupils enjoy a 30% discounted membership rate.
OKS who either go to University straight from school or stay in full time education are entitled to a year's free membership. Thereafter they will be entitled to the 30% discounted rate.
Our top of the range membership. This membership provides free individual use of the swimming pool, fitness suite, squash, tennis and badminton courts along with group coaching sessions and fitness classes. N.b.The only exclusions are courses and one to one training sessions.
Gold membership, our mid range membership, includes the individual use of the swimming pool, fitness suite.
This membership provides membership on a "pay as you go" basis.
Members can swim, play squash, badminton, tennis or work out in the fitness suite, and the multi-purpose sports hall accommodates most indoor team games. Qualified staff provide training in a wide variety of sports and leisure activities. Non members may also enjoy Centre facilities and (if accompanied by a member) the swimming pool. There is no overcrowding and there are regular times set aside for adults only to ensure undisturbed enjoyment of the pool.
If you would like to arrange a tour of the Centre, or require further details about membership and Centre activities please contact reception on 01227-595602.
Benedicat nobis omnipotens Deus, et donis quae de eius largitate sumus percepturi, per Jesum Christum, Dominum Nostrum. Amen.
Infunde, quaesumus, Domine Deus, gratiam tuam in mentes nostras, ut hisce tuis donis, datis ab Henrico Rege ceterisque benefactoribus nostris,recte et in tuam gloriam utentes, una cum fidelibus defunctis in vitam caelestem resurgamus, per Jesum Christum Dominum Nostrum. Amen
The Cantuarian Lodge is the OKS Masonic Lodge of the King's School, Canterbury Consecrated 26th May 1938
Welcome to our web site which is not only for members of the
but also for those Masons who may either be visiting us at one of our meetings or who may want to visit us.
The Web site also contains information which may prove useful and interesting to the casual visitor, be he an Old Boy of the School or not.
Two web sites are given for Freemasonry for Women should any Old Girl of the School show an interest.
Please make contact with us, by following the above link, if we can help in any way.
OKS Accommodation Links:
Special accommodation rates are available for OKS:
OKS Event Links:
OKS London Drinks Venue
OKS Sporting Links:
OKS Football League
The ladies in the OKS Office always love to meet OKS who are visiting the school and visitors are always welcome. If you would like to visit the school please complete and return the
Precincts Access Form
24 hours in advance of arrival for approval.
To book events for OKS, King's School and King's Society events please follow the link to the
King's Box Office
The Archives website also has much that may be of interest. The section on the School’s history ranges from ‘Some Famous OKS’ to the coat of arms and the School Grace. There are sections on the First World War, literature, sport and the arts as well as a tour of the School buildings – all illustrated from the School’s collections.
Please follow the link to to King's School, Canterbury Roll of Honour
The East India Club, in the heart of London's clubland, has a long tradition as a gentlemen's home from home.
Founded in the middle of the 19th century, its original members were 'the servants of the East India Company and Commissioned Officers of Her Majesty's Army and Navy'. The legacy of those early members, home on furlough from far flung lands, continues today. As a private club, only open to members and their guests, the club still provides a refuge and meeting place for busy young men and their more seasoned seniors.
Since those early days, the club has amalgamated with the Devonshire, the Sports and the Public Schools clubs, and also welcomed members of the Eccentric Club. The amalgam has been a happy one, possibly because together, as their titles suggest, the component parts reflect the very best diversity of English tradition. The club retains its international dimension through its reciprocal arrangements with similar clubs throughout the world.
As a result of a scheme initiated many years ago, young men on leaving their Headmasters Conference (HMC) school could join the Public School's Club for seven years with a letter of recommendation from their headmaster! This tradition was carried on following the merger of the Public School's Club with the East India in 1972.
The years - and inflation - have taken their toll on the pound, but the spirit of the scheme remains, and the current fee represents outstanding value with nothing more to pay until the age of 25 and no joining fee. The facility must, however, be taken up within 18 months of leaving school.
The J7s are full East India Club members, enjoying all the facilities provided by the club, and currently account for some 40% of the total membership.
To apply please speak to your HMC school headmaster who will propose you, or write to / email The Membership Secretary for more information.
A programme of events is organised by the Club throughout the year, including dinners and cocktail parties, a golf society and cricket team, chess and snooker competitions and access to cricket at Lord's, our box at Ascot and rugby internationals at Twickenham.
Recently the University Women's Club has linked together with the East India Club. Founded in 1886 to promote higher education for women, the University Women's Club today provides members with a safe, friendly and secure London home. The Club also offers social events, opportunities for sharing interests in music, literature and science, and for networking. Members may also stay in reciprocal Clubs in the UK and overseas.
Students have the opportunity to join the Club on very favourable terms. For one lump sum payment of £249 they become Young Members until the January following their 25th birthday. At that point they will be invited to continue membership without paying the normal entrance fee, simply paying subscriptions on a sliding scale until they reach the age of thirty. The Young Members' option remains open to them for eighteen months after leaving school provided you feel able to support their application.
Ladies Application Form
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