From the crack of a cricket ball on willow on The Paddock to the splash of rowers’ oars on the River Medway. That first breath-taking moment under the spotlight in the Drama Studio that leads to the polished performances captivating audiences on stage in School Hall. The first hesitant notes in the rehearsal room that evolves into 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 modern and resolutely forward-looking 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. This is 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.

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.

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 and can tailor their school experience to ensure they reach their own potential. Each pupil is valued for who they are and each young person in our care is challenged, stretched and supported to shine.

Visitors to King’s often comment on the wonderfully unique relationship between our staff and our pupils and amongst the pupils themselves. 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.

Pupils are encouraged to discover and explore new ideas, both inside and outside the classroom, igniting passions for interests and hobbies they may not have tried or even heard of before. Our extensive co-curricular programme throughout the school offers great opportunities in Music, Sport, Art and Design and Drama (including LAMDA), along with outdoor pursuits through the Combined Cadet Force and the Duke of Edinburgh Award.

At the end of their time at King’s our pupils leave as fully rounded young adults, who go onto thrive and flourish in whichever path they choose. Many Sixth Formers from King’s go on to secure places 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.

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.


We are one school, where a happy learning environment is underpinned by a strong sense of care, kindness, moral values, self-discipline and emotional intelligence.

At King’s School Rochester, we believe in giving pupils the courage and confidence to be their best. Staff, pupils, parents and governors work together as one, to create and sustain the learning environment that makes our school so unique, ensuring its stewardship for generations to come.

We nurture the individual and celebrate diversity of talent – there truly is no typical King’s pupil. Each and every one is unique, and is treated as such. King’s School Rochester is a school for life, where pupils are prepared for life beyond education. We support this with our extra-curricular and careers activities whilst at the School, and then when a child leaves, we keep in touch and follow their journey, ensuring that they always remain a valued member of the King’s community.

Our motto is a simple one, “Work hard, play hard and look after each other” no matter what age you are.

King’s School Rochester finds itself situated in the heart of the historic town, nestled amongst cobbled medieval streets under the shadow of the Cathedral.

A stone’s throw from the beating heart of London, inhabitants of Rochester enjoy rolling countryside hills in one direction, and beautiful seaside in the other. The town is just over half an hour away by train into St Pancras International and easily accessible from Kent and the southeast. This gives our pupils the best of both worlds – a wealth of bustling culture on their doorstep, combined with the peace of living in a picturesque country town.

The busy high street, filled with independent businesses and a burgeoning arts scene, means our town is the perfect location to learn, develop and grow. Situated on the banks of the River Medway, Rochester is full of charm and intrigue.

Our location in Rochester is an integral part of School life.

Whilst we may be the second oldest school in the world, our vision is modern and resolutely forward-looking.

Steeped in history and surrounded by breath-taking heritage, King’s School Rochester has moved with the times for over 1400 years.

Our School lies in the shadow of Rochester Castle, nestled within the Cathedral precinct. Thousands of pupils have passed through the School over the centuries, leaving their mark and creating a tangible sense of history.  With our one-of-a-kind setting, our pupils understand what has gone before them and consequently their role in shaping the future.

Our pupils are given the mindset, knowledge and self-belief they need to step out, flourish, and emblazon their own positive mark on the world.

Strategically placed, guarding an important crossing of the River Medway, this imposing fortress has a complex history of destruction and rebuilding.

Today it stands as a proud reminder of the history of Rochester, along with the cathedral and cobbled streets.

Through all the raids, battles and drama, King's School has stood under its impressive shadow, educating the children of Rochester.

King’s benefits from excellent transport links to London and beyond, perfect for international pupils.

Rochester Train Station is conveniently located less than a 10 minute walk from the School with London being just over a half an hour train journey away into St Pancras International.

Add to this the rolling countryside hills in one direction and the beautiful seaside in the other, our pupils have a wealth of bustling culture on their doorstep, combined with the peace of living in a picturesque country town.

It is our core belief that our pupils learn just as much outside the classroom as they do inside.

We consider participation in clubs and activities an integral part of the King’s experience.

From Reception through to Sixth Form, there is an extensive range of co-curricular pursuits from which to choose, taking place during lunchtime, after school and at the weekend.

We also offer a range of trips both in the UK and abroad to extend our young people’s horizons.

We instil in our pupils the practical knowledge and skills that will see them through the rest of their education and their future career.

At the end of their time at King’s, our pupils leave as fully rounded young adults, who go on to flourish and thrive in whichever path they take.

Our long established Old Roffensian Society allows past leavers to stay in contact with their contemporaries and participate in events and functions within the wider King’s network.

The Old Roffensians’ community provides pupils with a valuable network of contacts that will enrich and further their respective careers, in many cases giving them that crucial ‘foot-in-the-door’.

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Every step of the King’s School Rochester journey, from nursery to sixth form, is designed to help pupils flourish, grow in confidence and discover new passions. Many of our specialist teachers teach across the whole school to ensure smooth transitions through each stage of the journey.