CATS College Canterbury
|Type||Independent day & boarding|
|Location||68 New Dover Road
CATS College Canterbury (formerly Stafford House College) is a coeducational Independent day and boarding school school located in Canterbury, England, catering primarily for foreign students. It is owned by the Cambridge Education Group. The school specialises in teaching English and preparing students for pre-university exams such as A-Levels and the International Baccalaureate.
Established in 1952 by Harry Allsopp as Stafford House Tutorial College. It started out in the London location of Kensington, but later was moved to Canterbury. After Harry Allsopp's death in 1959, his wife Joyce Allsopp ran the college until she retired 1992. Stafford House Tutorial College as it was then known was a founding member of "CIFE – the Council for Independent Education."  It was the first school in the UK to offer University Foundation programmes for students wanting to go to university from overseas, and the College has in the region of 52 nationalities studying IB, A level, University Foundation or preparation and GCSE courses. It was voted LTM High School of the Year in 2010 and won an award from the Independent Schools Association in 2012.
The College is situated on New Dover Road not far from the centre of Canterbury. Each year around 350 students prepare for external examinations and university entrance at the College. Their annual University Fair attracts up to 70 UK Universities. Most students are international boarders although British students attend the college who want to experience a strong international education.
The Principal is Jonathan Ullmer MA, LRAM, F.Coll.P, NPQH who was appointed in 2010. The College became a member of the Independent Schools Association shortly after his arrival. The College was inspected in 2011 with no areas of the college rated below 'Good' by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. Boarding at the College was rated as 'Excellent' and leadership was described as 'Outstanding'.
It has been authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since April 2007, the programme is taught in English with almost all students gaining the Bilingual Diploma. Over 20 languages are currently offered at the College. .
Notes and references 
- "CATS Canterbury". International Baccalaureate Organization. 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-28.