CATS College Canterbury

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CATS College Canterbury
Established 1952
Type Independent day & boarding
Location 68 New Dover Road
England England
Gender Coeducational
Ages 14–19

CATS College Canterbury (formerly Stafford House College) is a coeducational Independent day and boarding 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. The college hosts an annual University Fair.

It has been authorized to offer the IB Diploma Programme since April 2007, the programme is taught in English. Over 20 languages are currently offered at the College.[1]


Established in 1952 by Harry Allsopp as Stafford House Tutorial College.[2] 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." [3] It was the first school in the UK to offer University Foundation programmes for students wanting to go to university from overseas.

In 2010 it was voted LTM High School of the Year[citation needed].

The Principal Jonathan Ullmer 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'.[citation needed] In 2016 the College was inspected with no areas of the college rated below 'excellent' by the Independent Schools Inspectorate. The quality of the pupils achievements and learning was excellent, the contribution of curricular and extra-curricular provision was excellent, the contribution of teaching was excellent, the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of the pupils was excellent, the contribution of arrangements for pastoral care was excellent, the contribution of the arrangements for welfare, health and safety was excellent, the overall quality of boarding was excellent, the quality of governance was excellent and the quality of leadership and management, including links with parents, carers and guardians was excellent. [4]

In 2012 and 2014 the college won an award from the Independent Schools Association[citation needed]. In 2014 it won the Independent Schools Award for Best Boarding Initiative and was shortlisted for Independent School of the Year[citation needed].

In 2014 Jonathan Ullmer was awarded the MBE 'for services to education.'[5]

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Coordinates: 51°16′11″N 1°5′37″E / 51.26972°N 1.09361°E / 51.26972; 1.09361