Rochester Independent College was established in 1984.

The most important measure of the College’s success is the number of ex students who keep in touch and return for regular reunions. Most of our students come to us through personal recommendation.

However, like all schools we are inspected by a range of independent bodies who provide regular and objective checks on the quality of the education we provide.

Rochester Independent College is accredited by the ISC (Independent Schools Council) and a member of the ISA (Independent Schools Association).

Rochester Independent College’s last full inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate was in March 2012.

Key findings were:

Quality of Teaching- Good

Quality of Boarding- Good

Personal Development of Students- Excellent

Quality of Curricular and Extra Curricular Provision- Good

Quality of Students’ Achievements and Learning- Good

Governance of the College- Sound

Arrangements for Welfare, Health and Safety- Sound

Quality of Leadership and Management- Good



Ofsted inspected the College’s boarding in December 2009.

Key findings were:

• 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

Rochester Independent College’s educational provision was last inspected by Ofsted in January 2008.

Key findings were:

• The quality of education is outstanding.

• The quality of teaching and assessment is outstanding.

• The quality of provision for students’ spiritual, moral and cultural education is outstanding.

• Behaviour is outstanding and classes are conducted in a mature learning environment.

• The quality of discussion and questioning during lessons is outstanding.

• Provision for the welfare, health and safety of students is outstanding. This high standard of care contributes well to students’ outstanding personal development.

• The quality of the curriculum is good with a number of outstanding features.

• Working relationships are very good and teachers and students enjoy each other’s company. Teachers and students work within an atmosphere of mutual understanding, respect and consideration.

• The good exam results achieved by students at both GCSE and advanced levels reflect their progress and the effective structures of support. The tutor system makes a significant contribution to students’ educational guidance and underpins their rapid progress.

• Also praised were the College’s well maintained listed premises and accommodation, its policies and procedures and this website, described as in many respects a model of good practice.

Rochester Independent College is registered with the UK Border Agency as a Highly Trusted Sponsor under the Tier 4 points based system.

The College was awarded a Silver Artsmark from the Arts Council of England in 2009.



Rochester Independent College was awarded two Good Schools Guide A level Awards in 2011 for the best points score in English Literature for boys and girls of any independent school in the UK. The awards are given on the basis of combined results data, for the last three years, together with the subject’s popularity and the success achieved compared to other schools.

“Rochester Independent College stands out as a notable ‘alternative’ exception for its informal ethos and relaxed learning environment, though rigorous teaching and a strong focus on preparation for assessment, recognised in a recent outstanding Ofsted report, suggest that it might be better characterised as akin to a successful Swedish Free School.”  
adam smith institute report, 2011
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