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  • Rochester Independent College
    Star Hill
    ME1 1XF
  • Head: Alistair Brownlow
  • T 01634 828115
  • F 01634 405667
  • E [email protected]
  • W
  • An independent school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 19.
  • Boarding: Yes
  • Local authority: Medway
  • Pupils: 333; sixth formers: 198
  • Religion: None
  • Fees: Day £13,900 - £21,750; Boarding + £15,500; International Non EEA Boarding £18,250 - £43,250 pa
  • Open days: 6th Form Open Evening: 18 November 2021; Virtual Open Morning: 27 January at 10am; Open Morning: 5 March 2022 Lower School Taster Days: 4 November 2021, 17 March 2022, 18 May 2022; Whole school taster day 29 June 2022
  • 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 and there are no school bells. Classrooms mainly comprise of large tables with chairs grouped round collaboratively, where small groups of pupils learn via discursive tutorial type teaching. So far so hippy – until you notice the hush that has descended in the classrooms and the fact that pupils (younger ones, at any rate) are just as likely to do traditional spelling tests and times tables as any other school, while older ones follow strict exam-oriented curricula. It would be hard to find better provision for the artistically inclined. But not for the super-sporty...

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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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What The Good Schools Guide says


Alistair Brownlow MA (St Andrews) MPhil (Glasgow) in English. Joined as a new graduate in 1997 after teaching English in Russia and Romania, working his way up to co-principal in 2002 and sole principal in 2016.

Adept at putting others at ease and bouncing with enthusiasm like Tigger, he expresses the school’s beliefs and methods with an articulacy which backs up his reputation as an ace English teacher. Winces at the term ‘headmaster’ on account of the school’s flatter leadership model - in fact, he refuses to take any more credit for school’s success than the other ‘principals’, aka heads of lower school, sixth form and pastoral and welfare.

Parents say he’s ‘always available’, ‘very understanding’ and ‘he listens’. ‘You never feel like you’re going into an...

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Special Education Needs

Rochester Independent College has no specialist teaching or support provision beyond exceptionally small classes, the average being 8. Through working closely with individuals we are able to offer a supportive and confidence building programme for each of our students whether they require extra help and support or academic acceleration beyond their school year group.

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