Principal's Welcome

Founded in 604 AD, King’s Rochester has a strong foundation and a clear vision for education in the 21st Century. Life has never been so full of opportunities, with challenge and change ever-present and our aim is to develop confident, rounded individuals who make the most of their abilities in preparation for a successful, fulfilled life.

I am delighted to welcome you to King’s Rochester.

It is a remarkable school with a rich and diverse heritage; people have been educated here for over 1,400 years under the watchful gaze of Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle.

While a sense of place is bound to have an impact on the development of the children learning here, it is the skills, experiences and opportunities provided to them, both within and outside the classroom, that will enable them to thrive in an uncertain and fast-changing world.

At King’s, we believe in preparing children for the 21st Century by educating the whole child. Our priority, though, is ensuring that happy children perform to their best and the school is an exceptionally happy and friendly place where moral values, self-discipline, emotional intelligence and a Christian spirit underpin our family community. This is embodied in the Aims and Ethos of the School which help to support the strong bonds between pupils, parents and staff and which are a fundamental feature of life at King’s. This is a school where all are cared for as individuals and where links between home and school are a real strength.

Our academic results are excellent at all levels but we believe that building a love of learning and developing independent thinking skills are just as important as achieving the best grades. To achieve this, we keep our class sizes small so that teachers know their pupils as individuals and can help each of them shine.

We offer, and encourage pupils to take part in, a huge range of co-curricular opportunities to ignite and nurture their interests, providing experiences which will develop confidence in them for life. Sport, Music, Drama, Outdoor Pursuits, CCF and a range of clubs and societies are integral to the school’s commitment to providing a broad educational experience.

Easily accessible from Kent and the South East and half an hour by train from central London, King’s has a beautiful location in the heart of historic Rochester. We offer co-education from 3 to 18 and our structure of Pre-Prep, Prep and Senior Schools enables us to offer a tailor-made experience for each age group while giving access to the excellent facilities of the whole school.

King’s is a community that enables individuals to flourish. Please do come and visit - you will be assured of a warm welcome.

Ben Charles
Principal and Headmaster of the Senior School.
King's Rochester