The King's School, Canterbury

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The King's School is a British private school, situated in Canterbury, Kent. It is a member of the Headmasters' and Headmistresses' Conference and the Eton Group. The school is co-educational and has both boarding and day pupils.

The school originated as a medieval cathedral school, and it is often claimed (e.g. by the historian Arthur Leach in a letter to The Times in 1896, and in the Guinness Book of Records) to have been founded in AD 597 by St. Augustine, making it the world's oldest extant school.[1][2] This is based on the fact that St. Augustine founded an abbey (within the current school's grounds) where it is known teaching took place. When the dissolution of the monasteries occurred in the reign of Henry VIII, the school was refounded as The King's School, Canterbury.

Enrolment is about 800 pupils with slightly more boys than girls in the average year. The school is located within the precincts of Canterbury Cathedral and St. Augustine's Abbey.


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