Rochester Independent College

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  • Qualifications

    IGCSEs, GCSEs, A-Levels

  • Language

    English as an additional language

  • Boarding

    Full Boarding

  • Dietary Requirements

    Vegetarian, vegan, halal & kosher

  • Key information

    Founded in 1984, Rochester Independent College (RIC) is a day and boarding school in Kent. The majority of students are from the UK with around 25% from overseas. The College has 345 pupils of which 105 are boarders. Rochester offers tuition in the Academic IELTS (International English Language Testing System) which is universally recognised and accepted by all UK Universities.
    At Rochester there is no uniform, no bells ring, students and staff are on first name terms and the average class size is 8. The College encourages its students to voice their opinions, to think critically, creatively and independently.
    RIC offers around 40 subjects in a variety of programmes ranging from conventional two year programmes for GCSEs or A-levels to combined GCSE and A-level programmes and 5 term A-level courses. English language support is available if required.


    RIC is located in the Kent town of Rochester. RIC is approximately 45 miles from Gatwick airport, less than an hour by car and is 65 miles from Heathrow airport.

    A Day in the Life of…

    While there is a very international flavour in our comfortable on-campus accommodation, more than half of our boarders are English. RIC is a real local school where the focus is on examination success in a lively, supportive and informal atmosphere.

    Boarding at RIC combines the informality of a university hall of residence with the supervision and pastoral support appropriate for older teenagers. The emphasis is on providing a comfortable, happy, fun environment. Our boarding staff live on site and are available 24/7 to monitor and support students, helping with any concerns.

    Academic rigour with a creative buzz:
    This successfully individual environment is a natural stepping-stone between school and university. Our annual destinations list reflects the diversity of our students and their enthusiasms. Last year students proceeded to courses including Biochemistry at Oxford, History and Politics at Cambridge, Medicine at KCL, International Relations at LSE, Fine Art (Painting) at UAL Camberwell, Fashion Design (Menswear) at UAL Central Saint Martins, Engineering at Bristol, Economics at Edinburgh, Veterinary Medicine at the RVC, Film and Literature at Warwick, History of Art at The Courtauld and Finance at Durham.

    High-performing and non-selective:
    RIC is a not academically selective, either at 11+ or sixth form. Our students’ A level grades though are comfortably above those of many selective schools. We are ranked in the top 2% of schools in England for value-added performance, measuring the progress sixth form students make. In 2020, 72% of students scored between A* to B in their A Levels; 42% of RIC students scored A* to A. Many have progressed to top universities, with nine RIC graduates winning spots at medical schools last year.

    Because of the flexibility of our programmes, all students should attend an interview either online or in person to fully explore their best options. Academically non-selective, our main entry requirement is an honest intention to work hard, and our students are consistently high-achieving.
    Our minimum English language requirements for students from non-English speaking backgrounds are IELTS band 5 or equivalent or higher for GCSE students and band 5.5 or higher for A-level.

    ‘The atmosphere at RIC is vibrant and the tutors are immensely influential in making me more independent and efficient’ – A-level student

    “It’s place for individuals. The campus is as unique as the school. The students are a strikingly nice bunch and there’s a lovely air of tolerance and warmth.” Good Schools Guide

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