About KAN

The Kent Academies Network aims to remove barriers to Higher Education for the most able, disadvantaged pupils. KAN does this by developing pupils’ confidence, knowledge, and agency so that they can set ambitious goals, and ultimately reach them. Our Core university access programme has been running since 2013 and our new Aspire university access programme will begin in 2021. Core and Aspire are uniquely comprehensive four-year programmes of mentoring, meet-up days and Core residential weeks.


If you are interested to know more, or want to be involved, please contact Isla Phillips the KAN Director here

94% of alumni from the Core university access programme have gone to university and I know first-hand, from being a mentor myself, how brilliant and transformative the four year programme can be. Being in a position to nurture and develop KAN is a privilege.

Isla Phillips, KAN Director

Upcoming Events

  • 10 June, New cohort induction, 17.00-18.00 (Core) and 18.15-19.00 (Aspire) (Zoom)
  • 4–10 July, 2021 Summer residential week, (Tonbridge School and Fitzwilliam College)
  • 10 July, KAN graduation for the 2016 and 2017 cohorts, Tonbridge School 


Provisional dates for 2021-2022

  • 20 September, online mentoring, 16:30-17:15 
  • 8 November, meet-up, Sevenoaks School 
  • 17 January, online mentoring, 16:30-17:15 
  • 28 February meet-up, Sevenoaks School or university/London visit 
  • 25–28 March, spring residential weekend (Core cohorts only)
  • May online mentoring, 16:30-17:15 
  • June, new cohort induction (tbc)
  • 5–10 July, Summer residential week (Core cohorts only) 
  • 9 July, KAN graduation for the 2018 cohort, Tonbridge School 

Read our latest impact report and details of past KAN events below: