Leisure & Activities
Pupils have access to a number of facilities to ensure they are comfortable during their stat at King's. Each House has computer facilities both in the computer rooms and there are internet points in all bedrooms alongside a dedicated WiFi network just for boarders. There is a small library of both reference and fiction books for pupil use together with a number of board games, DVD libraries for film nights and each House has it's own piano. There are also well equipped kitchens and television lounges.
St Margaret’s House grounds include the indoor swimming pool to which is available most evenings and at weekends.
Vines Hall, just opposite School House provided basketball courts, and is ideal for badminton and indoor games. While The Paddock, the School’s main playing field sits between both Houses, enjoy a round of cricket in the Spring, a water-fight in Summer and snowball fights in Winter. The King's Rochester Sports Centre is located just 5 minutes from School and provides boarders with tennis courts, a large indoor sports hall and a state of the art fitness suite.
Boarders enjoy a variety of regular trips at weekends with the most popular becoming annual traditions. Each Christmas, you will celebrate the turning on of the Rochester Christmas Lights followed by a trip to the theatre to enjoy a traditional British pantomime, winter trips for ice skating and to London's huge Winter Wonderland ensures everyone gets into the festive mood.
In Spring enjoy trips to London and feed the wildlife in St Jame's Park before settling down to the latest West End production, take in a game of cricket at the Oval or cheer on the local football team at Priestfield Stadium and in Summer, reach speeds of 200mph on a roller coaster at one of the UK's top theme parks or if you would prefer something more tranquil, relax and unwind during the long evenings in St Margaret's Garden or take a cruise down the River Medway and immerse yourself in the town's waterfront heritage.
There is truly no shortage of things to do within easy reach of School!
Freetime & Bounds
Boarders at King’s are very lucky to have the High Street with its masses of shops, coffee places and eateries just two minutes away from school. The historic streets trodden and written about by Dickens are all around the school site and the Cathedral and Castle are on the doorstep too.
Bluewater Shopping and Leisure Centre - which is one of the largest in Europe - is just a bus ride away and London can be reached easily by train in 35 minutes. Rochester and the wider Medway area is a creative hub which brings together artists, poets, musicians, sculptures and more for festivals, installations and community projects. Each year Rochester celebrates its heritage with the Dickens Festival, Sweeps Festival and Christmas Dickens Festival. There is always something to see and do.
A sample of the weekend activities that boarders can experience:
- Bluewater Shopping Centre
- Mary Poppins at Prince Edward Theatre, London
- Cineworld Cinemas, Rochester
- Quiz & Pizza Night
- Priestfield Stadium, Gillingham Football Club
- Boat Trips on the River Medway and River Thames
- London Sight Seeing Tours
- Fireworks and BBQ Evenings
- Historic Dockyard, Chatham
- Soar Trampoline Park
- Escape Rooms
- Go Ape at Leeds Castle
- Ice skating at Somerset House, London
- Ashford Shopping Outlet
- Pantomime Visit