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Pupils are charming, confident and mature – these are youngsters that look you in the eye and can hold a decent conversation. Parents are friendly and appreciative of the school’s difference in an area where there are 26 grammars within a 25-mile radius. Pupils say teachers inject fun into notoriously dry subjects. Certainly no time to yawn in a year 9 Latin class we dropped in on, where a fast-paced quiz was in full steam surrounded by engaging and humorous displays. And although we were amazed to see year 12s with their shoes on the tables in a psychology class, it transpired they were exploring...

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What the school says...

The overwhelming characteristic of King’s School Rochester is its warmth and friendliness, nestled in the beautiful cathedral precinct of historic Rochester.

As the Good Schools Guide says: “A tangible sense of community where everyone knows each other well...”

Founded in 604AD, King’s is the second oldest school in the UK and the world’s oldest Cathedral Choir School. It has evolved into an outstanding 21st century day and boarding co-educational School for ages 3 to 18. Located in North Kent, just 38 minutes by train from London, it benefits from high-speed services from St Pancras and direct services from Victoria and Charing Cross.

King’s School Rochester has a strong reputation for maximising the potential of pupils. A wide ranging curriculum, and extensive co-curricular programme, allow greater choice for GCSE and A level options.

In 2018, pupils achieved outstanding results at GCSE and a fifth of students achieved straight A*/A grades at A Level, securing their places at top universities, and scholarships to prestigious colleges.

King’s prides itself on knowing all students very well: pastoral care and links with parents and guardians have been graded as ‘Excellent’ in all inspections and it is this strength that makes King’s such a distinctive place to be.

We believe that independent thinking and a love of learning are just as important as great grades. To achieve this, we keep our class sizes small so that teachers know their pupils as individuals and can help each of them flourish. We encourage pupils to establish interests that stay with them for life, as well as learning the skills that will make them stand out in a fast-changing world.

Music is a huge strength and we are privileged to use Rochester Cathedral as our chapel. We hold seasonal concerts throughout the year in the Nave and the Cathedral Choristers are educated in our Preparatory School. Music Scholars go on to leading international conservatoires. Recent pupil success includes the BBC Young Chorister of the Year and an Oliver Award, and our brass section was commended by Julian Lloyd Webber.

Under the refurbished Vines Church is our Drama studio, equipped with digital sound and lighting. We are a proud RSC Associate School and our pupils have staged productions of Julius Caesar at the Marlowe Theatre and Macbeth at Dover Castle. King’s has a strong reputation for exceptional drama performances and recent productions of “Into the Woods” and “Les Miserable” have been in comparison with the West End.

Our coaches and many of our pupils play at County, National and International level. The King’s Rochester Sports Centre provides pupils with extensive facilities to train, in addition to playing fields, a heated indoor swimming pool and boat house, while the Paddock is regarded as one of the finest cricket fields in the country. All pupils play for a variety of games team and fixtures are held throughout the year.

The boarding community at King’s reflects the personal approach of the school. Boarding starts from age 11 and we have 65 beds across our two Boarding Houses, “St Margaret’s House” for girls and “School House” for boys. The small boarding community ensures a real family feel to both Houses which are comprised of both British and international students.

King’s School Rochester is truly a community which enables individuals to flourish.
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Curricula

Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.

Other features

All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

Choir school - substantial scholarships and bursaries usually available for choristers.

Sports

Rowing

Fencing

Shooting

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Since 2019, Ben Charles, previously second master (senior deputy head) at Portsmouth Grammar for 10 years. Before that, director of music at Chigwell and Millfield. Music degree from Exeter and PGCE in music from Durham.

His mission to unite the pre-prep, prep and senior school and to inject a freshness to this traditional school has been a huge success, according to parents and pupils – perhaps best illustrated in the recent introduction of HEART (happiness, endeavour, aspiration, roundedness and teamwork). ‘Not just a nifty slogan, he really lives it’ – complete with hugs for parents, apparently. ‘He can read a room,’ a pupil told us, another calling him a ‘father figure’ and pointing out that he knows all their names. ‘Supportive’ and ‘inspirational’ were words used on repeat –...

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Please note: Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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Special Education Needs

King's School is co-educational with selective entry and a wide range of ability. It is the School's avowed aim to satisfy the educational needs of all the children on the roll, regardless of ability. As part of this responsibility, we seek to identify children with special needs and to make suitable provision for them. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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