The Kent Academies Network (KAN) currently comprises of Knole, Folkestone , Oasis Isle of Sheppey, John Wallis Church of England, Marsh and their educational sponsors.
Each year the partner academies identify bright Year 9 students, prioritising the Free School Meals ‘Ever 6’ qualification and university first-generation pupils. After an application and interview process, two or three students are selected to be part of the KAN core cohort. There are currently four cohorts (one in each year-group) making up around 60 students in KAN.
The Students commit to KAN for their remaining time at school and attend annual residential weeks (at Easter and in the Summer) and ‘meet-up’ days (in Autumn and Spring). In small groups students are assigned undergraduate mentors, who play a central role in the delivery of the bespoke residential programmes. Our mentors provide academic support and pastoral guidance throughout the course of KAN via a secure online learning platform. For students, their mentor is a valuable source of knowledge and can act as a role-model. There are currently over 20 mentors working for KAN and even more alumni, many of whom have gone on to develop a career within education.
In 2018 Sevenoaks School took over KAN, having already been deeply involved in its development since the programme’s inception in 2013. This was made possible by the generous support of several sponsors and a key donor to Sevenoaks School Foundation, who share our commitment to improve access to university, and social mobility for students from non-selective schools across Kent.
If you are interested to know more, or want to be involved, please contact Isla the KAN Director here
I’m absolutely delighted to be given the opportunity to be part of the incredible KAN programme. Having been a mentor myself, and known many cohorts of students, I have first-hand experience of how impactful and transformative KAN can be. Being in a position to nurture and develop KAN is a privilege and I’m really excited to get started!
Isla Phillips, KAN Director
Read our latest impact report and details of past KAN events below: