As the second oldest school in the world and a school firmly established in the Medway Towns, we honour the tradition of our 1400 year history, while offering our pupils a forward-looking preparation for a globalised future.

We wish the members of our community to be happy and fulfilled and our purpose as a school is to offer an outstanding all-round education that enables each individual to flourish.

Our founding forefathers, St Justus and St Paulinus, sent from Rome to England as part of a Christian mission in the early 7th Century, provide us with an ongoing sense of duty, moral purpose and resilience in the 21st Century.

In the spirit of our ancient Christian foundation, we encourage our pupils to ‘Work Hard, Play Hard and Look After Each Other.’

At King’s School Rochester, our vision is modern and our past is great.


We wish our pupils at King’s and the members of our community to:

  • Be happy and fulfilled
  • Develop a love of learning through a unique breadth of experience
  • Be adaptable and resilient for a fast-paced changing world
  • Make an active difference to the lives of others in our community and beyond
  • Develop a sense of identity to lead purposeful lives as their own person


‘Ere the heart of brave Paulinus…’ (King’s School Rochester, School Song)

‘Justus (name of omen!)’

At the centre of everything we do is the HEART of King’s. By being part of this community, each one of us aspires to the attributes and qualities of:

  • Happiness

We want individuals to flourish and to be happy. We encourage everyone to be themselves and we believe that positive personal connections are powerful. By keeping kindness at the centre of our community we nurture a strong sense of personal and communal wellbeing and care.

  • Endeavour

We strive to be the best we can be and we are determined to make the most of the breadth of opportunities available to us. We care about things that matter and we are committed to making an active contribution.

  • Aspiration

We seek to foster a sense of aspiration in all that we do, built on an inner confidence and self-belief. We aim to ignite our curiosity and encourage ourselves to develop lifelong passions that set us on a path to a fulfilled future in a fast-paced modern world.

  • Roundedness

We seek a balanced approach to life at King’s, ensuring that we educate the whole person. We celebrate everyone’s achievements and appreciate that every one of us is unique and different. We recognise that as a global community it is better when everyone succeeds, not just a privileged few.

  • Teamwork

We believe we achieve more when we collaborate together and we seek to make a positive contribution to the communities within King’s and beyond. We acknowledge that we must work together for a sustainable future, ensuring that King’s remains a school for life.

Ben Charles
Principal of King’s School Rochester