Centenary House offers superb en-suite accommodation for the Sixth Form and gives the students a greater opportunity for independence, whilst still providing the support they need in this vital phase of their education. In return, the House expects the students to set the highest personal standards; by working hard, contributing in all areas of House and School life, and becoming role models to the younger years.
Centenary has four members of staff whose living accommodation is attached to the boarding house. These are the Housemaster, Housemistress and two Deputies, providing 24/7 support for the students. In addition, the house has two Pastoral Leaders on duty every day from 07.00 - 18.30 and one Pastoral Leader between the hours of 18.30 – 22.30. The role of the Pastoral Leader is varied; acting as stand in Mum, First Aider, Counsellor and general champion for the students. Centenary also has a team of tutors, with two tutors on duty every weekday from 18.00 – 22.30 and from 13.00 – 22.30 at weekends. The vast majority of the tutor team is made up of teaching staff, giving incredible academic support for the students. The main social areas were specifically designed with large tables to help facilitate this and every day you will find students receiving extra tutoring and mentoring from the team.
Opportunities during free time
In a busy boarding school environment it is important for the students to have the opportunity for some down time. The House has four dayrooms (common rooms), each with SKY television, comfortable seating and basic cooking facilities. Students can visit the town daily, outside of School commitments, and at weekends they can also travel slightly further afield to Canterbury. The House holds regular activities at weekends including; barbeques, karaoke, the Centenary Olympics and much more. Half termly offsite trips are also arranged, in consultation with the students, with recent trips visiting trampoline parks, the cinema, Bluewater and Thorpe Park.
To move into Centenary House is to take a step into adult life. A middle ground between the school and the outside world, Centenary encourages its students to seize the leadership opportunities the senior school has to offer. Students are exposed to an environment wherein a focused academic work ethos is maintained and strengthened by the presence of the house tutors, whose availability forms a close bond between staff and pupils, a relationship that allows for individual tutoring outside of the school timetable. This is important as it promotes the vital skills of independent study and research.