|Head's Name:||Ben Charles|
The overwhelming characteristic of King’s Rochester is its warmth and friendliness in the beautiful setting of historic Rochester where the school sits beside the castle and cathedral on the banks of the Rover Medway. As the Good Schools Guide says: “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 day and boarding 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 and a short walk from the station, it benefits from high speed services from St Pancras and direct services from Victoria and Charing Cross.
The school has a strong reputation for maximising the potential of pupils with a broad range of strengths. A wide curriculum, including a plethora of languages and the EPQ, allows great choice for GCSE and A level options. In summer 2017, record results were achieved at GCSE and the second highest ever results at A level with a fifth of students achieving straight A*/A grades. These results helped them to secure places at top universities and scholarships to prestigious colleges and conservatoires supported by an outstanding Careers and University application service.
King’s Rochester prides itself on knowing all students and parents very well: pastoral care and links with parents and guardians have been graded as ‘Excellent’ in all inspections. A holistic team based on an established House system along with School Nurses and Chaplain are supported by Senior Management and designated Safeguarding leads ensuring pupils’ personal development is at the centre of everything we do.
Music is a huge strength and the school is privileged to be able to use the cathedral as its chapel; indeed the Cathedral Choristers are educated here and Music Scholars go on to leading conservatoires and even win Olivier Awards (for School of Rock 2017) before they graduate! Such is the personality of the school that many Old Roffensians return to play in concerts and musicals after they have left.
King’s Rochester Sports Centre has benefitted from a half million pound refurbishment to provide pupils with a state of the art facility in addition to playing fields, a heated indoor swimming pool and a boat-house for rowing. The hockey players benefit from playing on the same premiership hockey pitch as many of the Team GB Olympians and currently have representation on the Scotland U18 Women’s Hockey squad.
A new Drama studio, with the latest digital sound and lighting, supports our pupils who also benefit from involvement in the RSC Learning Network and some current pupils perform with the National Youth Theatre.
The boarding community at King’s Rochester reflects the personal approach of the school. With beds for 65 pupils, this ensures a real family feel to both the boys and girls’ Houses where boarding starts from age 11 and comprises both British and international students. With fewer than 9% of all pupils coming from overseas and representing over a dozen nationalities, King’s is a fully British school with the advantage of offering pupils a wider perspective on life and ensuring they are prepared for a global workplace.
Scholarships are available to talented students for Academic, Music and Sport and the Academic King’s Scholars are entered onto the Foundation of the Cathedral in perpetuity.
King’s Rochester is truly a community which enables individuals to flourish.