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Rochester Independent College

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        Rochester Independent College - Year 7 to Sixth Form

Lizzie Bradshaw
“We never contemplated private education until we heard about RIC, then we were shown around & it has worked out very well for Lizzie. She’s really flourished at RIC, & that’s due to the ability & dedication of the teachers, as well as her own hard work.”
John and Helen Bradshaw


The whole procedure for entrance to secondary schools in Kent can be a difficult one for both children and their parents. Every year RIC students, whose primary schools told us they were unlucky not to have been offered grammar school places, finish after seven years here with confidence about the future, top A levels and places at some of the country’s top universities.

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Our only entrance qualifications in Year 7 are a willingness and ability to work hard and behave well. At RIC our Lower School offers children from the age of 11 a world of difference from traditional secondary schools and a chance for them to continue to grow in confidence, develop academically and mature as they have often done so well at primary school. Children’s needs are more clearly recognised and focused upon in a smaller school. In class sizes that average 8, relationships between teachers and children prosper. A smaller school size allows more opportunity for our teachers to work closely together and share information, as well as allowing us to provide an unparalleled level of feedback to parents. The curriculum offered is a full academic one with an additional focus on the creative arts.

The Good Schools Guide review quotes one RIC mother saying:
That playground talk, everyone wanting their child
to be in the top set, you don’t have that”
but makes the point that this lack of
“school gate competitiveness” and traditional
formality is not at the expense of academic results
or “artistic high flying”.

caitlinTop performer in 2015 was Caitlin Borowsky who joined RIC from a local preparatory school in Year 7 at age of 11. Caitlin achieved 7A* grades and 4 As. Caitlin’s dedicated and committed approach was rewarded with a set of GCSE results that are the first step towards fulfilling her ambition to study Medicine.


Head of Biology Katharine Lang says:
This year’s results demonstrate that students
at non-selective independent schools can achieve results
that are just as outstanding as the
super-selective grammar schools.


Next Open Days 2020

Lower School Open Morning (Years 7-11): Saturday 7 March 10am – 12.30pm

Lower School Taster Day: Thursday 12 March 10am-3pm

Lower School and Sixth Form Taster day: Thursday 25 June 10am-4pm


Booking is open for both the March dates via our website 

Of course people are always very welcome to visit us at any time if they make an appointment with our admissions office.

Easter Revision Courses

We are also running our Easter Revision Courses as usual – this is our 34th year of teaching these courses supporting students at local schools. Details here.  Please scroll down our webpage to find all the info including fees etc. 


Please call 01634 828115
or email
for more information or to book a place.