King’s Rochester is a very special place. From the crack of cricket ball on willow on the Paddock to the splash of rowers’ oars on the River Medway. From that first breathtaking moment under the spotlight in the Drama Studio to the polished performances captivating audiences on stage in School Hall. From those first hesitant notes in the rehearsal room to the triumphant sound of the orchestra and choirs filling Rochester Cathedral. King’s is a truly remarkable school - and we know that every individual studying, living and working in it will be proud to tell you their story.
Founded in 604 AD, we embrace our long history and ancient traditions which provide a solid base for our clear vision for education in the 21st century. Buildings, mentioned in the pages of Dickens, open their doors to reveal interactive classrooms, innovative study spaces and comfortable living and socialising spaces where freedom of thought and independent thinking are nurtured, where skills for life are acquired and where traditional values of good behaviour, respect for others and lifelong friendships are developed.
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. Our class sizes are kept small so that teachers know their pupils as individuals. Each pupil is valued for who they are, staff know where their interests and talents lie and each young person in our care is challenged, stretched and supported to shine.
Pupils are encouraged to discover and explore new ideas, both inside and outside the classroom. Our extensive co-curricular programme offers great opportunities in Sport, Music, Drama (including LAMDA), Art, Science, Design and Technology and outdoor pursuits with the Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.
Learning at King’s does not stop when the bell rings. That is when a variety of after School clubs and societies begin - from chess to debating, ballet to Minecraft and everything in between!
A pupil’s time at King’s will ignite passions for interests and hobbies they may not have tried or even heard of before. As the world’s second oldest school, our heritage and history inspires us every day as pupils walk between lessons under the shadow of Rochester Cathedral which we are privileged to use as our Chapel. Weekly services are held here for the Preparatory and Senior Schools and we are very lucky to be able to hold many of our musical and choral events within its Norman walls.
At King’s, we believe in preparing children for the 21st century by educating the whole child. Our priority is to develop and produce happy children and to support them to reach their optimum potential in all things - academic and beyond the classroom. Visitors to King’s comment on the unique relationship between staff and pupils and between pupils of all ages. It is a happy and friendly place where moral values, self-discipline, emotional intelligence and a Christian spirit underpin our family community. King’s is a school where all are cared for as individuals and where links between home and school are a real strength.
Each year Sixth Form leavers choose to study at an impressive range of Higher Education establishments (from Oxbridge to Russell Group universities, Conservatoires to top Drama Colleges, Agricultural Colleges to Engineering apprenticeships) where they follow their dreams and obtain the widest possible spectrum of degrees and vocational qualifications. Many go on to play for national sports’ teams, join renowned orchestras or receive awards for their work in drama.
Whatever their talents and strengths - and wherever they need additional support to reach their potential, King’s is proud of every young person within its care and of being able to help them to reach their goals.