“Fortnightly tutor meetings ensure boarders receive excellent support, both academically and personally. Additional academic support is provided outside of the classroom and boarders can receive this in small groups or individually. There are many areas around the campus where boarders can conduct additional study without distraction.” ofsted boarding inspection

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As a distinctive sixth form boarding experience RIC offers a real alternative to traditional independent schools. Up to 90 of the 305 students at the College board each year. All boarders are 15 or older, allowing for a more mature atmosphere than is possible in boarding schools with younger children. 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 home from home in a comfortable, happy and fun environment.

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Students board at Rochester for a number of reasons. They may be international students looking to study in the UK in order to gain entry to UK universities. We also welcome many British students from elsewhere in the UK or whose parents are in the armed forces or based overseas as expatriate workers. As half of the residential community is new each year it’s easy to make new and interesting friends.

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“I learnt self-discipline and to organise myself. I enjoyed the international feel of the College, experiencing other cultures,the intensive accumulation of knowledge, breakfast on the weekend and the lovely staff.” Tal Henke, now at Oxford University studying Physics


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Weekly boarding is an increasingly popular option for students from elsewhere in the Kent, London and the home counties. Students can opt to stay at RIC from Sunday evening or Monday morning and return home after College finishes on Friday. For students who choose to stay over the weekends there is a full activities programme. We don’t impose supervised prep, encouraging students to manage their own homework load in preparation for university.  Students are free to sign out in the evenings as long as they return by agreed times. Our study bedrooms all have telephones and internet connection. Some have en suite facilities.

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All of RIC’s accommodation is on campus and students do not have to travel between teaching buildings and accommodation. Students are closely supervised, the site is totally secure and there are resident staff based in each of the buildings. As well as common rooms and study areas, boarding students have access to the College’s sports pitch, fitness centre, on site cinema, art studios and award winning wildlife gardens.

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a talented and inspiring boarding staff

A dedicated boarding team is in residence. There are also academic tutors living in each of the halls to provide care, supervision, a busy programme of extra curricular trips and activities and expert homework help in the evenings! Boarders are supported by the College nurse and a team of Personal Tutors.

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international school gcse retakesKey findings of the Ofsted report on RIC’s boarding provision include:

Helping children to be healthy – outstanding

Helping children achieve well and enjoy what they do – outstanding

Helping children make a positive contribution – outstanding

Achieving economic wellbeing – outstanding

Promotion of equality and diversity – outstanding

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For more information please download a copy of our RIC Boarding handbook.

“All bedrooms are well decorated and appropriately furnished with good storage and study materials.  Boarders enjoy personalising their own rooms. The occupancy of the houses ensures the sleeping accommodation is suitably separated in terms of age group and gender.”
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