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  • Rochester Independent College
    Star Hill
    Rochester
    Kent
    ME1 1XF
  • Head: Alistair Brownlow
  • T 01634 828115
  • F 01634 405667
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.rochester-college.org
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Medway
  • Pupils: 308; sixth formers: 215
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day £12,600 - £18,900; Boarding + £12,000 - £13,500 pa; International Non EEA Boarding £33,000 - £37,800 pa
  • Open days: Visitors are welcome at any time, please call to make an appointment
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report
  • ISI report: View the ISI report

What says..

There’s no uniform or dress code, and the teachers are just as likely as pupils to be wearing a hoody. Everyone goes by their first name. So far so hippy – until you walk around the building during lessons. Hush has descended, and opening a classroom door reveals silent pupils, and desks in rows. There’s a rich cultural programme – a drama theatre hosts visiting theatre companies and art shows, and the school’s on-site cinema regularly hosts the National Schools’ Film week. An igloo-like structure in the garden is used as…

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What the school says...

The College offers a fresh alternative to traditional independent education, accepting day students from the age of 11 and boarding students from 15. All have the opportunity to thrive in a happily distinctive atmosphere. Our only entrance qualification is an honest determination to work hard. Our students enjoy being here and are treated as young adults. We have high expectations and are small enough to get to know everyone well. There is no uniform and students and staff are on first name terms. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Film Studies at an English Independent School (GCE A level)

2016 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking Film Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)
  • Best performance by Girls taking Film Studies at an English Independent School (GCSE Full Course)

What The Good Schools Guide says

Principal

Alistair Brownlow MA (St Andrews) MPhil (Glasgow) in English, joined as a new graduate in 1997. He's a great communicator, bouncing with enthusiasm like Tigger, and expressing the school’s beliefs and methods with an articulacy which backs up his reputation as an ace English teacher.

Academic matters

There’s no uniform or dress code, and the teachers are just as likely as pupils to be wearing a hoody. Everyone goes by their first name. So far so hippy – until you walk around the building during lessons. Hush has descended, and opening a classroom door reveals silent pupils, and desks in rows. Alistair says: ‘People try to place us in the progressive/alternative mould, but we’re not. It’s common sense; small classes, good teaching, and an informal but ordered and respectful atmosphere.’

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