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We provide extensive global leadership programmes, activities and awards to expand your skills and prepare you for a successful future.


The CATS Canterbury Leadership Award

We strongly believe in developing leadership qualities in all our students that are transferable personal and employability skills. This award outlines your leadership skills, leading to a CATS College Medal and up to 70 UCAS points to assist your entry to university.

Student Council

The Student Council is a dynamic body composed of elected student representatives of many nationalities, all with key roles to play including organising social events, debates and outings.

Global Leadership

Every year CATS Canterbury hosts a Global Leadership Day where you can learn how to apply leadership to all subjects, including Arts, Maths, Science and Psychology. It also gives you the chance to have fun and to make friends by taking part in activities like kayaking and cooking.

Model United Nations

This learning programme pulls together students from all over the world to address global concerns in a real-world context. You will debate at the Model UN Conference in New York and will be required to prepare papers in relation to a number of global issues, empowering you with the skills to be a responsible global citizen.

Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE)

The DofE award is recognised across the world as a fun, creative but challenging adventure. The award focuses on pushing you personally, expanding your skill set, and is great for your university application. You can take part in a range of activities focused around volunteering, physical participation, skills and expeditions.

Young Enterprise

Young Enterprise is the UK’s leading charity that empowers young people to harness their personal and business skills. With a group of students you will create a company with the support of a local Business Advisor to learn from their knowledge and expertise. Recent CATS students have won awards for best company, best logo, best marketing and the public speaking competition, beating British students.

Boarding Skills Award

This award allows you to complete a range of challenges related to living on campus – covering health, household skills and the local environment. You will learn about what it means to be part of the boarding community and will develop the skills needed to succeed in the wider world once you leave CATS.

Heads of House

Heads of House represent every student living in residences, covering everything from activities to behaviour and environment. You will receive Peer Mentoring training to support other students and help the student voice to be heard.

Sports Leaders Award

This award aims to enable you to develop general leadership skills, increase your confidence and gives you the skills to assist with the delivery of sports activities for young people.

Leadership for Medics

CATS Canterbury launched the Global Leadership Day for Medics with top biologists from Oxford, Cardiff and St George’s Universities attending – giving you the opportunity to present and discuss your work.