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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