Teaching in Kent



The name of Kent comes from the ancient Celtic word ‘Cantus’ meaning rim or border. Julius Caesar called the region ‘Cantium’ or home of the Cantiaci tribe. “Of all the British tribes, by far the most civilised are they who dwell in Kent.” (Julius Caesar, De Bello Gallico). Kent is the main area for UK hazelnut-growing.


The cobbled streets of the cathedral city of Rochester, bring old world charm to the many cafes, restaurants and bars that populate the main high street. With history dating back centuries, Rochester was cherished by the Victorian novelist, Charles Dickens, who lived in the area as a child and returned as a successful author. There is so much to see and do in the city itself; explore the stunning Rochester Cathedral or enjoy the breathtaking views from the top of one of the tallest keeps in the Country at the magnificent Rochester Castle.


Chatham is a fascinating maritime destination with a history stretching back more than 400 years. The great naval dockyard in Chatham produced many famous ships, including Nelson’s flagship HMS Victory. Just across from the Dockyard is the Dockside Outlet Centre with discounted stores selling famous leading brands all under one roof. If you are in need of refreshment after all that retail therapy you can relax and enjoy some delicious food at one of the many restaurants as you watch the boats bob by on the River Medway or catch the latest blockbuster at the large multiplex cinema.


Gillingham is an important retail centre serving the local community and has a twice weekly market which is ideal for the bargain hunters to wander around. It is also home to Medway (and Kent’s) only football league team the ‘Gills’. The ‘Gills’ play their home matches at Priestfield Stadium. The town has strong maritime and military connections with the nearby Historic Dockyard Chatham and Royal Engineers barrack based in the town.


7 kinds of teacher who are happily making Kent their home.


  1. The London escapees: when you’re ready to give up the attractions of the capital, Kent ticks a lot of boxes – more property for your money, better quality of life, less hectic, different kinds of schools.
  2. The first time buyers: compared to London and many parts of the South East, you can still get good value in Kent and more opportunity to get on the housing ladder.
  3. The Newly Qualified Teachers:Kent is on the capital’s doorstep, with a better quality of life and cost of living compared to London, and lots else to offer.
  4. The adventure seekers: mountain bikers, hikers, sailors, watersports fans – the great outdoors is yours to explore in Kent.
  5. The family firsters: Kent is a great place to bring up a family, with plenty of different schooling options.
  6. The seaside lovers: Many people dream of living by the sea (or at least very near it). Move to Kent and you can do just that.
  7. The have their cake-and-eat-it-ers: From many parts of Kent, you can be in central London fast. You can enjoy a London-centric social life, without the disadvantages of London life.