“If teachers are passionate about their subject it makes you passionate about what you’re learning.”
joseph, year 11 student, joined ric from trinity school, rochester
rethinking secondary school
Students achieve best academically if they are happy and settled in their school environment and have a good rapport with their teachers and peers. Ofsted reported that the “good results achieved by students at both GCSE and advanced levels reflects their progress and the effective structures of support employed by the College.”
Students perform well at GCSE but do not take an unnecessary number of exams. They aim high but are not hot housed, unduly pressured or inappropriately accelerated. A broad curriculum is taught in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Students achieve academically here without undue pressure and flourish socially in an atmosphere of respectful informality. They gain the confidence for success at GCSE, A level and at university.
“Teachers use praise well and ensure their lessons provide regular opportunities that enable students to achieve and feel good about what they do. These factors lay a firm foundation for effective learning.”
Cecelia Johnson, like so many 16 year olds across Kent, was anxiously awaiting her GCSE results. Uniquely however, her 2011 results were as much a landmark in the history of her school as they were important to her.
While RIC students have been winning top GCSE and A level results since 1984, they have traditionally joined the Star Hill College for
short intensive courses. Cecelia is the first pupil to take her GCSEs after joining at the age of 11 in Year 7.
Cecelia is celebrating 12 top GCSE results, including double A* success in English and English Literature which she is continuing at A level in RIC’s sixth form, alongside Fine Art, History of Art and Sociology.