King’s School Rochester

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    King’s School Rochester

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Roll: 395 Boys / / 277 Girls

    Age Range: 3-18 Years

    Founded: 604 AD, the world’s second oldest school

    Location Description

    The ancient Cathedral precinct of historic Rochester, Kent.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Ben Charles

    Satis House, Boley Hill, Rochester, Kent, ME1 1TE

    Tel: 01634 888555




    King’s is a remarkable school with a rich and diverse heritage, where pupils have been educated for over 1,400 years under the watchful gaze of Rochester Cathedral and Rochester Castle.

    While a sense of place is bound to have an impact on the development of the children learning here, it is the skills, experiences and opportunities provided to them, both within and outside the classroom, that will enable them to thrive in an uncertain and fast-changing world.

    Our most recent ISI (Independent Schools Inspectorate) report rated us “Excellent” in all areas and our priority is ensuring that happy children perform to their best.  The school is an exceptionally happy and friendly place, underpinned by a strong sense of care, kindness, moral values and emotional intelligence.

    We believe in giving pupils the courage and confidence to be their best.  We nurture the individual and celebrate diversity – there truly is no typical King’s pupil.  Each and every one is unique and treated as such and our values of Work Hard, Play Hard and Look After Each Other are encouraged and practised throughout the school.

    Just over half an hour from London, we empower our pupils to explore their passions with a huge range of co-curricular opportunities, to ignite and nurture their interests, and to provide experiences which will develop confidence in them for life.

    Music is a cornerstone of our School, with countless opportunities for pupils of all abilities.  With a dedicated drama studio, King’s has a reputation for exceptional drama, from musicals through to Shakespeare.  Our Art & Design department is a hub of creativity and imagination, where we never underestimate the creative potential of our children and have high expectations for all.  We believe Sport is for everyone and with a large gymnasium, LTA tennis courts, fitness suite, heated indoor pool, boat house and our Paddock, regarded as one of the finest cricket fields in the county, we provide our pupils with extensive training facilities.

    In addition to our comprehensive sport, music, drama and arts programmes, we offer an impressive range of activities centring around personal development, culminating in timetabled co-curricular activities every Friday afternoon for our Senior School pupils.  These include CCF, the Theatre Production Company, the Charities Committee, volunteering, The Duke of Edinburgh and an Enrichment Programme.

    With over a thousand years of heritage and a world of potential ahead, King’s School Rochester is truly a community which enables individuals to flourish.  Come and experience our school for yourself.  Meet our pupils, talk to our staff, and feel the welcoming and inspiring atmosphere that makes King’s School so unique.



    Day fees.

    Nursery: from £1,990 per term (3 days). Reception – Year 3: £4,240 – £4,635 per term. Years 4 – 8: £5,550 – £6,210 per term. Years 9 – 13: £8,070- £8,155 per term.

    Boarding fees. Years 7 – 13: £9,315- £13,505 per term.

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    All visits are welcome, please contact the school

    Whole School Open Morning: Saturday 28 Sep 2024 -

    The best way to get a real sense of King’s School Rochester and all that it offers is to visit us. Meet our pupils, talk to our staff and feel the welcoming and inspiring atmosphere that makes us so unique.

    We run open events throughout the year and you can book a place and find out more on our website.

    If any of these dates are not convenient, you are also welcome to book a personal tour by contacting Sue Webb, Head of Admissions, on 01634 888590 or by emailing

    As the second-oldest School in the world, King’s enjoys a truly unique and beautiful location, nestled amongst cobbled medieval streets in the heart of the Cathedral Precinct in historic Rochester. You can also take a Virtual Tour of our School and envision life on campus.

    For more information, you can check out our virtual prospectuses:


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