Founded in 604AD, King’s School Rochester is the second oldest school in the world and the oldest Cathedral Choir School. Whilst we are steeped in history and surrounded by breath-taking heritage, our vision is modern and resolutely forward-looking.
Our latest ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) report rated us “Excellent” in all areas and we are incredibly proud of the excellent facilities and dedicated teaching staff we have here that delivers an outstanding education to 650 girls and boys aged 3 to 18 years old.
Located in Kent, South-East England, Rochester is just over half an hour’s train journey away from St Pancras International, with Heathrow and Gatwick airports just 75 minutes away.
Boarding at King’s School Rochester is a true home-from-home experience. There are 55 boarding beds available (21 girls and 34 boys) for pupils from Year 7 (11+) through to Sixth Form. Our boarding community is small enough to have a family-like feel, where everyone knows one another and is treated as an individual, whilst the wide mix of nationalities makes English the common language and gives boarders a very immersive British education. The aim is to ensure that all boarders grow up in a secure, caring environment where each child receives the necessary care, attention and opportunities to develop and mature educationally, socially, physically and spiritually.
The fantastic academic results produced at King’s represent a huge amount of hard work and dedication by both the pupils and their teachers. It is also our core belief that our pupils learn just as much outside the classroom as they do inside. Throughout the School, there is an extensive range of co-curricular pursuits from which to choose. In addition to our comprehensive sport, music, drama and arts programmes, we offer an impressive range of activities centring around personal development. King’s also provides an outstanding Careers and University application service to pupils and the pastoral care and links with parents and guardians have been graded as ‘Excellent’ in all inspections.
Music is a huge strength here and the School is privileged to be able to use the Cathedral as its Chapel and for many performances. The Sports Centre provides pupils with a state-of-the-art facility alongside a heated indoor swimming pool, a bespoke boat-house for rowing and a stunning cricket pitch on the Paddock. For Drama, the pupils have a fully equipped studio for rehearsals and King’s is a proud partner School of the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Art & Design department is a hub of creativity and imagination and our purpose-built creative studio ensures our pupils enjoy plenty of space and natural light for their latest creations.
At King’s School Rochester we believe in giving you the courage to be your best. We nurture the individual and celebrate diversity of talent – there truly is no typical King’s pupil. Our motto “Work Hard, Play Hard and Look After Each Other” is encouraged and practiced through the School and 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.