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It’s a powerhouse for women. Houses are named after an eclectic group of women such as Jane Tomlinson, Eva Cassidy, Ella Fitzgerald, and Hildegard (of Bingen). As we walk the corridors there’s a hubbub coming from all the classrooms. Pupils are animated, some half on their feet. Tables aren’t arranged in serried ranks, but in blocks or U-shapes and there’s much collaborative work and discussion going on. One parent calls the school ‘a jewel in Rochester’. But the other side of the coin is that the pace is fast, and your daughter will have to be prepared to...

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International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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

School associations

State grammar school

What The Good Schools Guide says

Head of school

Since June 2017, Clare Brinklow, previously assistant principal here. History degree and masters in professional practice from Kent; after a year teaching history at Bordon Grammar School Trust she joined Rochester Grammar in 2009 to teach history, sociology and politics, rising to assistant director of sixth form and then assistant principal.

Executive principal is Mr G Bassan BA NPQH. CEO is Mr S Gardener.


There’s no catchment – entry is entirely based on scores in the local 11+, the Medway test. The pass mark for this fluctuates around 509 and last year students needed 514 or higher for a place at Rochester Grammar. There are two music scholarships and five places are held for appeals. ‘Some of our greatest successes didn’t pass the test.'


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Who came from where

Who goes where

Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

Children get into the school from here:

most years
quite often
sometimes, but not in this year

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