The overwhelming characteristic of King’s Rochester is its warmth and friendliness as supported by the Good Schools Guide: “A tangible sense of community where everyone knows each other well...”
Founded in 604AD, King's Rochester is the second oldest school in the UK and the oldest Cathedral Choir School. It has evolved into an outstanding 21st century school for around 650 girls and boys aged 3 to 18, with excellent facilities at all levels. Located in north Kent, just 40 minutes by train from London, it benefits from high speed services from St Pancras or direct services from Victoria and Charing Cross.
There are two boarding houses for just 65 pupils which ensures a real family feel to the boarding houses. Boarding starts from age 11 for UK and International students. Sixth Form students usually have single rooms and younger years tend to share.
King’s Rochester is a broad ability school with a strong reputation for maximising the potential of pupils with a wide range of strengths. A broad curriculum allows great choice for GCSE and A level options together with the availability of the EPQ. In summer 2016, the top 40% of pupils achieved 60% A* to A grades and 92% A* to B grades and just under a third of all students results were A* to A. These results helped them to secure places at top universities and scholarships to prestigious institutions including RADA and Central supported by an outstanding Careers and University application service.
A holistic team of Form and House Tutors, School Nurse and Chaplain are supported by Senior Management and designated Safeguarding leads. King’s Rochester prides itself on knowing all students very well: pastoral care and links with parents and guardians have been graded as ‘Excellent’ in all inspections.
Music is a huge strength here and the school is privileged to be able to use the Cathedral as its Chapel. Our Sports Centre has benefitted from a half million pound refurbishment to provide pupils with a state of the art facility alongside a heated indoor swimming pool and a bespoke boat-house for rowing. A new Drama studio with the latest digital sound and lighting supports our pupils who also benefit from involvement in the RSC Learning Network.
King’s Rochester is truly a community which enables individuals to flourish.