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Location: Kent

15-18 YEARS


– A letter from the Principal

“Welcome to Earlscliffe, to Folkestone, and indeed, to England!

My wife Julie and I founded the school in 2012 and it has grown steadily ever since. We retain that family atmosphere, with about 110 sixth form boarders living in our Houses which form an ‘in-town campus’ a short walk from the sea and still less than an hour from central London by train.

We are an international community of over 30 nationalities, with students aiming for top UK university entry…

Most take A-levels, but we also offer a pre A-level course, a Diploma in Business & Management, and a Foundation Year.

The average number of students in any class is eight; each A-level subject is allocated 30% more teaching time than you ordinarily find in most schools and each student is monitored closely through our weekly TRaC™ testing. We offer a full range of subjects.

We encourage students to see new things as opportunities rather than threats and invite them to participate in our Model United Nations, Singing Club, Public Speaking Society, UNESCO Club, Community Service projects, and sports teams to name but a few, as they develop into fulfilled and highly-skilled adults making meaningful contributions to global society.

An Earlscliffe education is ‘personalised’. Please come and see for yourselves!”


A gold standard education and university preparation for 15 to 19 year olds.

Earlscliffe offers the best of English education: A-levels, the one year GCSE (“International Transition Year”), the Business Diploma and the University Foundation Year.

We pride ourselves on a friendly, inclusive student body with diverse cultures, talents and interests. Our students enjoy an enriched learning experience in a home-from-home environment that gives them a significant advantage when applying to university.

We embrace traditional English values, balanced by an international, open-minded perspective.

Now visit Why Earlscliffe for more information.

Earlscliffe Summer and Easter

Earlscliffe also runs Summer and Easter programmes in term-time holidays. These holiday programmes offer both serious study and fun activities. Students enjoy engaging academic study combined with exciting social activities and excursions that make for an unforgettable experience.

During their stay, students live on the Earlscliffe campus, a collection of recently renovated Victorian and Edwardian buildings.

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Table tennis at Earlscliffe's summer school
Table tennis at Earlscliffe's summer school
Earlscliffe accepts students for A-levels and a pre A-level course.
29 Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, Kent, CT20 2NB


29 Shorncliffe Road, Folkestone, Kent CT20 2NB, UK

“Unusual does not mean impossible. Sometimes, someone who believes in you is the hardest thing to find, and all you need. Thank you!”

Earlscliffe alumnus, winner of full scholarship to Stanford University
11-18 YEARS

Rochester Independent College

– A letter from the Principal

“Rochester Independent College was founded in 1984 as a specialist Maths and Sciences focused sixth form. The development I’ve seen since joining the team in 1997 has been, like the education so many of our former students remember, colourful and vibrant. There’s now an equal emphasis in the curriculum on the Arts. Our first Year 7 students joined in 2007.

Rochester is a place for individuals, a real alternative to traditional schools…”

There’s no uniform and everybody is on first name terms. Although atmospherically relaxed, there’s an emphasis on rigorous study and academic achievement without unnecessary pressure. This successfully distinctive environment is a natural stepping-stone between school and university.

The college occupies a one-of-a-kind urban campus. Listed buildings are linked by award-winning wildlife gardens, creating a special sense of place in which to live, study and work.

Rochester joined Dukes in 2016 and it’s a fit that works. Dukes respects our existing culture, invests in facilities and staffing, and promotes the college and its ethos enthusiastically. As we grow, we’re maintaining together a focus on what makes Rochester special: an informal and creative environment, a firm belief that with hard work everyone is capable of exam success, and a focus on the individual needs of every student who comes to us.”

Rochester Independent College

Rochester Independent College focuses on the highest levels of academic achievement while retaining a creative buzz.


Rochester’s Mathematics, Science, English Literature, and Film Studies teaching have all won awards from The Good Schools Guide in recent years who also say: “It would be hard to find better provision for an artist.”


Located in Kent, the school occupies a historically distinctive site. Listed Georgian buildings are linked by award-winning wildlife gardens, creating a unique sense of place in which to live, work, and study. The campus is as unique as the school itself, with an underground theatre space, an outdoor classroom shaped like an igloo, and steel sculptural musical gates that form a landmark piece of public art. All boarding is on-site, in single rooms, some with ensuite facilities.

Rochester Independent College welcomes day students from the age of 11 and boarders from 15.
254 St Margaret's Banks, Rochester, Kent ME1 1HY

Rochester Independent College

Rochester ME1 1HY, UK

Students’ personal development is excellent. Students’ attitudes to their work and learning are exemplary. The college provides excellent support and guidance, which enhances students’ personal development. It is highly successful in its aim to develop self-knowledge and self-esteem.

ISI Inspection Report 2018