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Rochester Independent College

In 2019 - near 60% of A Level students achieved A*-B grades
Address: St Margarets Banks, 254 High St, Rochester ME1 1HY, United Kingdom
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Description Rochester Independent College

  • Founded: in 1984
  • Location: Rochester, United Kingdom (England)
  • Age of students: 11-18 years
  • Total number of students: 300 people
  • Type of training: joint (mixed)
  • Accommodation type: residence (boarding house)
  • Religious affiliation: no
  • Language of instruction: English.

Private independent school Rochester Independent College works for schoolchildren 11-18 years: full board is available from 15 years, and partial - from 11 years. Founded in 1984, the school aims to fundamentally differ from prudish, overly strict British schools. It surprises schoolchildren from all over the world with their free, creative, fruitful atmosphere, where everyone can show unique talents and abilities.

So, here students turn to teachers by name, there is no strict form or fixed religious affiliation, and many lessons are held outdoors - the school has for this purpose a large number of gardens, glades, arbours and shady groves. There are no strict rules for admission and complex entrance examinations, but there is a system of individual mentoring and supervision: teachers and educators tend to be "on the same wavelength" with their pupils and, together with them, to strive for a successful future as versatile, harmonious individuals. The administration of Rochester Independent College really understands its students!

As a plus, the small size of the school also works: there are only about 270-300 people studying here, and the classes include up to 8 (!) Schoolchildren - this is one of the unique indicators not only in Britain, but all over the world. Everyone knows each other in person and by name - both children and staff - constantly interact and work on a single goal. Foreigners here are approximately 15%: they are provided with supportive English language courses (ESL), staff assistance and active joint activities with the British, which help the children to quickly join the cultural, social and academic environment + a separate team of personal tutors. The English course includes the preparation for the IELTS exam (if they did not pass it early): listening, writing, reading, speaking + test exams and constant testing-tests make the course extraordinarily productive, and the opportunity to pass the exam directly to the walls of Rochester Independent College - more convenient.

Despite all the freedom provided, students here are not lazy and show excellent results in academic and other fields. Each topic covered in the lesson is checked by tests or mini-exams. Regular monitoring of progress allows you to quickly fill in the gaps in knowledge, explain difficult points, and, if necessary, adjust the educational process and program. Such exams simultaneously and accustom students to complex checks in the senior classes - GCSE and A-level students pass quietly, collected and without nerves, earning high scores.

Programs and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Rochester Independent College

Program name
from 34 650 £ / year

Middle classes (7-9 years)

At this stage of schooling, students cover a wide range of subjects and disciplines, preparing for GCSE examinations and admission to senior, graduating classes:

  • History
  • Media & Media
  • Cinema
  • Geography
  • Music
  • Theater and Dramatic Art
  • The photo
  • Art and Design
  • Foreign languages ​​(up to 3 per choice): Russian, German, Spanish, French, Italian, classical Latin
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Courses in Natural Sciences
  • Socio-humanitarian disciplines
  • PHSE (personal and social education, health).

Every Friday, students also attend compulsory field trips in a special Forest School (focused on the environment, environmental protection), and in good weather many standard classes are held outdoors.

The cost of training depends on the chosen program and the student's age (the price is indicated for 1 academic year = 3 terms):

  • Middle Class = £ 15,000
  • GCSE: annual = 22500 £, two years = £ 18500
  • A-level: annual = 22500 £, two-year = 21500 £.
from 40 050 £ / year


A qualitative, deep and thorough course completing a part-time secondary education program in the UK - holders of the GCSE certificate can enter the Sixth Form classes and prepare for admission to selected universities.

GCSE in the school is represented by two options:

  • standard (2 years)
  • accelerated (1 year): recommended to persistent and gifted students who are confident in their knowledge and abilities.

The list of subjects studied includes both compulsory and optional disciplines - in total 8-10 directions are submitted for examinations:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • electronics
  • art and creativity
  • English literature
  • information technology and ICT
  • classical civilizations
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • biology
  • theater and dramatic art
  • ceramics
  • work with textiles
  • the photo
  • cinema
  • statistics
  • music
  • astronomy
  • art media and media
  • foreign languages: French, Spanish, German
  • physical education and sport
  • graphic design.

The cost of training depends on the chosen program and the student's age (the price is indicated for 1 academic year = 3 terms):

  • Middle Class = £ 15,000
  • GCSE: annual = 22500 £, two years = £ 18500
  • A-level: annual = 22500 £, two-year = 21500 £.
from 40 050 £ / year


An in-depth and complex program for high school students 16-18 years old, preparing to enter the university. There is no strictly obligatory list of subjects: each chooses for itself the most priority disciplines closely related to the chosen professional field, the specialty desired by the faculty - for the first year it is 4-5 variants, on the second of them there are 3-4, on which exams are taken . A-level certificate with high scores is highly valued all over the world extremely high - most British universities, even among elite and prestigious ones, take it as the equivalent of entrance exams and tests.

The A-level options at the Rochester Independent College are two:

  • standard (2 years)
  • accelerated (annual): only for gifted and stubborn students, requires more strength and deep, solid knowledge.

Items for selection are set:

  • English
  • mathematics
  • computer technology
  • chemistry
  • philosophy
  • English literature
  • physics
  • art and creativity
  • history of art
  • higher mathematics
  • Discrete Math
  • biology
  • ecology
  • geography
  • psychology
  • media and media
  • economy
  • history and trends of world development
  • cinema
  • fine arts
  • business research
  • design
  • history
  • critical thinking
  • Religious Studies (Theology)
  • music
  • music technology
  • sociology
  • Italian / other foreign languages
  • politics and government

The cost of training depends on the chosen program and the student's age (the price is indicated for 1 academic year = 3 terms):

  • Middle Class = £ 15,000
  • GCSE: annual = 22500 £, two years = £ 18500
  • A-level: annual = 22500 £, two-year = 21500 £.

Preparatory programs in medicine

Specialized thematic courses will be very useful for those who decided to enroll in medical directions in universities and colleges: ask the competition for them is very, very high, the requirements are serious, and study is difficult. At Rochester Independent College, a special medical course has been underway since the opening - since 198 - and successfully prepares new and new generations of entrants.

So, to enter the programs in medicine / dentistry / veterinary, at the level of A-level (thorough, almost university), mathematics, biology and chemistry are studied, with a corresponding thematic bias. Students help regular meetings, lectures and master classes with alumni, practicing doctors, directors of clinics, representatives of medical faculties, which are regularly arranged by the school.

Accommodation and food

The school opens residences for students aged 15-18 (thus, middle-class students organize their own accommodation independently, and the school provides lunches for them). Residences offer cozy and comfortable private rooms (with telephone and internet, necessary furniture), bathrooms can be in the room or on the floor; there is also a small number of double rooms. In common use there are living rooms for rest and even a small cinema, a gym; with children there are always educators who are ready to help in solving any problems.

In the school for boarders, there are enough loyal conditions - they can go out to the city themselves in the evening and on weekends (of course, with permission and going back to the set time). There is a group of professional tutors, organizers of entertainment and leisure activities, ensuring the health and safety of schoolchildren (qualified medical personnel, video surveillance systems and passes to the territory).

Events Rochester Independent College

The Rochester Independent College has a wide range of creative and sporting disciplines, including the GCSE and A-cycle programs - they can be studied in depth, take exams, many students make up a successful portfolio and further develop careers in the field of art and creativity . Regularly held meetings and lectures, master classes with successful music, architecture, visual and performing arts (including many graduates of the Rochester Independent College), which help students to determine their tastes and preferences.

1) Creativity:

  • art
  • music
  • the photo
  • design
  • history of art
  • cinema
  • animation
  • ceramics and pottery
  • sculpture.

2) Sports classes:

  • skiing
  • swimming
  • rugby
  • archery
  • bowling
  • cycling
  • hockey
  • football
  • general fitness
  • basketball.


  • 99 place in the top of the British independent schools (2017)
  • successful results of examinations: A-level in 2017 for the highest scores A * -A passed 33% of graduates
  • excellent post-graduate enrollment statistics: many students at Rochester Independent College receive higher education at such elite universities as Oxford, Cambridge, University of London, London School of Economics and Political Science, Warwick University
  • individual programs - mathematics, English, cinematography, science - were awarded separate prizes and recognition from The Good Schools Guide
  • is part of the Independent Schools Association and The Good Schools Guide
  • has accreditation from ISC and ISA (Council / Association of Independent Schools).
  • free, creative, relaxed atmosphere, aimed at the development of individuality and personal talents
  • very strong programs for creativity and different types of art
  • a separate successful program of training for medical specialties
  • green spacious campus - open training, constant outdoor activities, attention to ecology and environmental protection
  • very small classes - up to 8 people - which ensures an individual approach to each
  • system of individual mentoring - the counselor of each child not only helps him in all situations and issues, but also keeps in touch with his parents.

Equipment Rochester Independent College

Rochester Independent College is located in the city of Rochester with the same name in Kent (which we meet so much in the works of Charles Dickens) 50 kilometers from London: you can get to Gatwick Airport in 50 minutes, to Heathrow - for an hour and a half, direct trains run to a large St. Pancras Station.

The territory of the college is incredibly green and cozy, it literally sinks in the gardens, like the town of Rochester itself! It provides pleasant walks, picnics, sports and outdoor activities, as well as the opportunity to conduct lessons outside classes. The campus is well equipped with everything that schoolchildren may need during their stay, study and leisure:

  • comfortable classes for classes, lecture rooms with interactive technology
  • Scientific and practical laboratories with modern equipment
  • numerous sports fields and grounds - both for individual lessons and for team games
  • Fitness Centre
  • small cinema
  • spacious green gardens with gazebos, lawns and glades for rest / activities
  • library.

Several major buildings on the territory bear their own names:

  • Star Hill Terrace and Finland House: for high school students at the Sixth Form - their residences and classes for classes, a separate dining room, the most modern laboratories for practical classes
  • modern Underhill Hall - the center of creativity: here is a concert hall (the roof is transformed, and in good weather performances are held in the open air), classes for creativity and art, exhibitions and performances galleries, platforms for performances and shows of students
  • New Road House - a building for students of middle classes (7-10)
  • New Court - department for high school students + creative workshops, classes of fine arts
  • Art Studios is also a major center of art and creativity: here are photolaboratories and workshops for ceramic / pottery art
  • Gordon House- Boarding and Dickens Boarding - cozy, stylish three-story residences.

Term dates and fees

The cost of training depends on the chosen program and the student's age (the price is indicated for 1 academic year = 3 terms):

  • Middle Class = £ 15,000
  • GCSE: annual = 22500 £, two years = £ 18500
  • A-level: annual = 22500 £, two-year = 21500 £.

This price includes training on the course, accommodation and boarding at the full board (except for the middle classes - only lunches are included here) and the basic leisure program. The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee = £ 300
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for training (= about 1000 £)
  • Deposit for placement = £ 500
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional): English language courses ESL = 900 £ / course, individual lessons = 450 £ / 10 lessons
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 275 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 1500 GBP

Entry requirements and extra fees how to apply, what is required to enrol

The school does not belong to the strictly selective category and usually does not suit difficult entrance exams - only invites applicants and their parents to get acquainted with the campus and the administration before enrolling. The package of necessary documents includes:

  • Copy of the passport
  • Recommendations and characteristics from teachers (in priority - in English and mathematics), class teacher, director
  • A report card with grades and an excerpt from a previous school
  • Certificates for knowledge of English / other subjects (by availability).


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Recommendations on when to apply

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- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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