Boarders are well cared for and thrive in the caring, pleasant environment. They greatly enjoy their boarding experience.
isi inspection 2012
RIC’s residential community is overseen by one of the College Principals, Pauline Bailey as Head of Boarding. Assistant Head of Boarding is Maeva Elliott. Pauline and Maeva act as Personal Tutors to all of our residential students and, as parents of teenagers themselves, are well suited to supporting students who are living away from home, often for the first time. Pauline and Maeva both have a background in teaching English as a Foreign Language and have welcomed students from all over the world to Rochester.
Julie Brooks and Danny Cheung are also Boarding Assistants. Julie recently returned from Africa where she led RIC’s first World Challenge expedition to Malawi and Zambia. Danny is one of the cooks in ‘Chesters’ the College refectory and a Maths teaching assistant. He juggles his RIC responsibilities with studying Engineering at City University.
Ammy Bjerkan is the College Nurse. Ammy is closely involved with the boarding students, responsible for their medical welfare and on hand to help differentiate between genuine illness and students who just don’t want to get out of bed in the morning! Ammy also contributes to the programme of Personal, Health and Social Education across the College. Also present in the boarding houses are a team of academic staff who act as Resident Tutors and provide additional supervision and often homework help in the evenings! The resident staff also organise a range of evening and weekend trips and activities including climbing, theatre trips, cinema visits and shopping!
The independent listener Gerry Pammet is available to speak to residential students about any worries they may have.
The College employs staff who speak Mandarin, Cantonese, Russian, Italian, French, German, Spanish and Slovak to help meet the needs of its international students.
Relationships are excellent among boarders, between boarders and staff and between boarders and day students. Students and adults show mutual respect for each other, and boarders are most appreciative of the care and support readily offered by their tutors and teachers.
isi inspection 2012