“The teaching at Rochester is rigorous and tailored to the best possible exam results. It offers a broad education combining its original focus on getting students into competitive courses such as medicine and dentistry with a new emphasis on the creative arts.”  Liz Lightfoot, The Independent

“Parents all speak highly of the pastoral care and the growth in confidence they have witnessed in their children. The students are a strikingly nice bunch and there’s a lovely air of tolerance and warmth. It’s hard to imagine better provision for an artist. There’s a firm concentration on exam technique, but still the school isn’t seen as an exam factory. The top five student destinations in the last eight years are Leeds, Nottingham, Sussex, Cambridge and Imperial. The Good Schools Guide 

“Your educational formula at the College is very special.” Current parent 

Students’ personal development is excellent. Students relate exceptionally well to one another. They are courteous and appreciate the support they receive from their teachers. Behaviour is excellent. The use of first names, and informal attire worn by students and staff, generate a relaxed working environment. Personal sixth-form tutors are highly effective and play a key role in maximising students’ development. Boarders are well cared for and thrive in the caring, pleasant environment. They greatly enjoy their boarding experience. ISI

“I was so impressed with the classes and teaching I saw and came away with a very positive view of the College, its ethos and aspirations. The priority of teaching and learning was foremost and the students projected such a positive attitude towards their studies” Peter Read, Kent Independent Education Advice


“I’m delighted to see the results of Judd students retaking A levels at RIC and offer my congratulations to the five students who did so this year. We do recommend RIC to our students who are looking for further support and need to retake A levels.” Robert Masters, Headmaster, The Judd School, Tonbridge

“The quality of education is outstanding. The quality of teaching and assessment is outstanding. The quality of provision for students’ spiritual, moral and cultural education is outstanding. Working relationships are very good and teachers and students enjoy each other’s company. Teachers and students work within an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect and consideration. Ofsted 2010

“Lessons take place around circular tables in very small classes which is great for discussion. There are no arguments, we all just get on – there is no chance for distraction.” RIC year 9 student

“Thank you so much for all you’ve done for Tom, giving him the opportunity to realise his potential. He is now looking forward to studying for an MEng in Computer Science at Imperial College- two years ago I’d never have thought this was possible. The ethos at RIC was ideal for Tom and allowed him to be himself- he has so grown in confidence it’s a joy to see. All the teachers have been brilliant, and the students have been fantastic too. His personal tutor, Todd, pitched it absolutely right so he settled in well. He also gave me lots of support! Thank you to all at RIC for a school that doesn’t conform to the traditional structure but embraces young people whoever they are and makes them feel happier in themselves.” Petra Parsons

“I wanted to write to you and your colleagues who have made such a difference to Louise this year. I must particularly thank you for your marvellous insights when you first met Louise in helping her choose her subjects. What inspired choices. The commitment of the staff, and the standard of tuition, are excellent. It has been wonderful to see Louise develop academically and grow in confidence. I sing the College’s praises to everyone I meet. With grateful thanks.” Jenny Reynolds

“I decided to change school after year 12. I was at Gravesend Grammar School for Boys and was disappointed with my AS results. My results were not what I wanted or needed for university. I’d been at my previous school for 6 years and consequently there were lots of distractions. I came to RIC to take Biology, Chemistry, Geography and Government and Politics, it’s a much more academically focussed college. It was a really good year, I’ve worked really hard and the support from the teachers has been excellent. My personal tutor gave me lots of help and advice with my university application and I got 5 out of 5 offers for university.” Jack Weston 

“I was so happy with my GCSE results but then my AS year did not go as well as planned at Bennett Memorial in Tunbridge Wells. I got BDD in Maths, Chemistry and Physics. I was lucky, my parents gave me the opportunity to come here for year 13 and retake some of my AS modules. Environment change has been the key. I think I was just too buddy with my friends at Bennett which affected my work. At RIC I am here to work hard and get the grades I need for Engineering. The travelling is strenuous but it is great having the college minibus service from Sevenoaks. I feel so much more confident now and am much better prepared for the exams. We do loads of past papers and the teachers give us fantastic insights into how to answer questions to achieve our potential. There is a real enjoyment of learning, the teachers are passionate about their subjects and we don’t just work from text books. Maths lessons are quirky in the shed in the garden!” Alex Alford 

“My wife and I both left RIC after our visit convinced it was the right move for our daughter. In fact, it’s the kind of school we both would have loved to have gone to ourselves.” Visiting Parent

“I never thought I could stay on at school for GCSEs, let alone 3 A levels. The extra help you receive at the College makes it very achievable. I love it here and am treated on equal terms. I never could get on with the petty rules of school and the big classes.” Jay Patel



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