King's School, Canterbury

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The King's School in Canterbury, Kent, is a co-educational public school.

It is said to have been founded in AD 597 by St. Augustine, making it the world's oldest school; however this claim may be based simply on the fact that St Augustine founded an abbey (within the current school's grounds) where some teaching took place.

Enrolment is 780 pupils (425 boys and 355 girls), 329 in the Sixth Form. The school is located within the Precincts of Canterbury Cathedral and St Augustine's Abbey.

Former pupils include playwright Christopher Marlowe, scientist William Harvey, novelist W. Somerset Maugham, film director Carol Reed, cricketer David Gower and astronaut Michael Foale.

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