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King's Rochester

King's Rochester

Satis House, Boley Hill, Rochester, ME1 1TE, Kent

01634 888555



King's Rochester
School type Coeducational Day & Boarding
Founded 604 AD
Principal Mr B Charles
Date Appointed 2019
Co-ed Age Range 13-18
Number of pupils 600
Number of boarders 50
Number of sixth formers 95
Day fees per annum £7,440 - £20,190
Boarding fees per annum £22,950 - £33,015
Average Class Size 16
Teacher/Pupil ratio 1:16
Associations ISC, Woodard Schools, HMC, Choir Schools Association, BSA

The overwhelming characteristic of King's Rochester is its warmth and friendliness, nestled in in the beautiful cathedral precinct of historic Rochester. As the Good Schools Guide says: "A tangible sense of community where everyone knows each other well..."

Founded in 604AD, King's is the second oldest school in the UK and the world's oldest Cathedral Choir School. It has evolved into an outstanding 21st century day and boarding co-educational School for ages 3 to 18. Located in North Kent, just 38 minutes by train from London, it benefits from high-speed services from St Pancras and direct services from Victoria and Charing Cross.

King's Rochester has a strong reputation for maximising the potential of pupils. A wide ranging curriculum, and extensive co-curricular programme, allows greater choice for GCSE and A level options. In 2017, pupils achieved record results at GCSE and a fifth of students achieved straight A*/A grades at A Level, securing them places at top universities, and scholarships to prestigious colleges.

King's prides itself on knowing all students very well: pastoral care and links with parents and guardians have been graded as 'Excellent' in all inspections and it is this strength that makes King's such a distinctive place to be.

We believe that independent thinking and a love of learning are just as important as great grades. To achieve this, we keep our class sizes small so that teachers know their pupils as individuals and can help each of them flourish. We encourage pupils to establish interests that stay with them for life, as well as learning the skills that will make them stand out in a fast-changing world.

Music is a huge strength and we are privileged to use Rochester Cathedral as our chapel. We hold seasonal concerts throughout the year in the Nave and the Cathedral Choristers are educated in our Preparatory School. Music Scholars go on to leading international conservatoires. Recent pupil success includes the BBC Young Chorister of the Year and an Oliver Award, and our brass section was commended by Julian Lloyd Webber.

Under the refurbished Vines Church is our Drama studio, equipped with digital sound and lighting. We are a proud RSC Associate School and our pupils have staged productions of Julius Caesar at the Marlowe Theatre and Macbeth at Dover Castle. King's has a strong reputation for exceptional drama performances and recent productions of "Into the Woods" and "Les Miserable" have been in comparison with the West End.

Our coaches and many of our pupils play at County, National and International level. The King’s Rochester Sports Centre provides pupils with extensive facilities to train, in addition to playing fields, a heated indoor swimming pool and boat house, while the Paddock is regarded as one of the finest cricket fields in the country. All pupils play for a variety of games teams and fixtures are held throughout the year.

The boarding community at King's reflects the personal approach of the school. Boarding starts from age 11 and we have 65 beds across our two Boarding Houses, "St Margaret's House" for girls and "School House" for boys. The small boarding community ensures a real family feel to both Houses which are comprised of British and international students.

King's Rochester is truly a community which enables individuals to flourish.