“I crashed in my AS year and wasn’t heading for the top grades you need for medicine so I took a deep breath and switched to RIC for upper sixth. The small classes at Rochester really helped and I got offers and my grades.”
roshni patel, ric class of 2009, joined in year 13 from gravesend grammar, now at st george’s medical school
sixth form entry points
At Rochester Independent College the usual points of entry into the sixth form are:
– Starting a two year A level course having completed GCSEs, the IB Middle Years Programme or an overseas equivalent at another UK or international school.
– Direct entry into Year 13/Upper Sixth having completed AS levels at another UK or international school.
– Joining the College for an intensive one year A level programme
– Joining the College for a one year or January A level retake programme having completed A2 or the IB Diploma at another UK or international school.
As we are flexible enough to be able to enrol students right through the academic year we can often help when students are forced to change schools at short notice and in uniquely difficult educational situations.
The College welcomes mature students.
We do not hold formal open days. Instead, whenever possible, all students should visit the College for an informal interview together with the parents or guardians. Preferably this should be arranged in term time so there is an opportunity to meet teachers, see lessons in progress and get a real feel for how the College works.
The College is open though throughout the summer holidays, including in the important period after A level and GCSE results are published. Prospective students and parents are welcome to visit the College during this period for educational advice including guidance about retakes, university applications and Clearing.
We are not a highly selective school, accepting only students with glittering records of academic achievement. Our only entrance qualification is an honest determination to work hard. In our experience modest prior academic success at previous schools is not necessarily indicative of likely performance at RIC. Many students who come to us though are already highly achieving academically and are seeking to maximise their potential and chance of securing entry to highly competitive courses at leading universities.
For all, the College provides a supportive, encouraging environment in which students can achieve success commensurate with their potential.
No UK based student may be accepted without attending an interview, one of the main purposes of which is to provide candid and helpful educational guidance. Good advice about choosing A level subjects wisely is increasingly as important as good teaching. We do not encourage everyone who attends an interview at the College to apply for a place. All students should bring with them a copy of their most recent school report and GCSE results and AS or A2 module marks where appropriate.
An offer of a place will be made at interview if it is felt that the student is serious and capable of success. Reports are requested from previous schools and if any issues are raised these are discussed with the prospective student and their parent or guardian. The College requires full disclosure of any issues relevant to a prospective student’s application.
Please note that RIC’s boarding places fill up quickly and early application is advised.
While it is always preferable to visit the College for interview where this is not possible Skype interviews can be arranged.
Local feeder schools into RIC’s sixth form include Cobham Hall, Colfe’s, Gad’s Hill, King’s Rochester, King’s Canterbury, Epsom College, Ashford School, Kent College, Pembury, Kent College, Canterbury, St Bede’s, Sutton Valence, St Edmunds, Canterbury, Combe Bank and Walthamstow Hall. Local maintained feeder schools include the Judd School, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys, Tonbridge Grammar School for Girls, Rochester Maths, Rochester Grammar, Rainham Mark Grammar, Newstead Wood School for Girls, Wilmington Grammar, Invicta Grammar, Fort Pitt, Maidstone Grammar, Oakwood Park Grammar, Highsted Grammar and Gravesend Grammar School for Boys. Students have also joined from Strood Academy, Longfield Academy, Rainham School for Girls, Walderslade School for Girls, Meopham School and The Hundred of Hoo.
From elsewhere in the country students have joined RIC’s sixth form in the past as boarding students from Gresham’s School, Highgate School, Channing School, Davies Laing and Dick, Frensham Heights, Eton College, the Oratory School, Reading, Whitgift School, Croydon, Deutsche Schule, London, Winchester, Harrow, Wellington, Forest School, Yarm School, Ardingly College, Dulwich College as well as state schools and colleges from every part of the UK.
Students have joined us from a range of international schools including the British School of Houston, the British School of Brussels, the British School of The Netherlands, the Dominican Convent School, Johannesburg, South Africa, the International School of Brussels, the Langston High School, Arlington, USA, Petaluma High School, California, USA, St George’s School, Montreux, Switzerland, Stuttgart Volkhochschule, Germany, the Waldorf Steiner School, Vilnius, Lithuania, School no 169, St Petersburg, Russia Scots School, Australia, Scuola del’Aurelio Mistruzzi, Capri, Italy, Lady Elizabeth School, Alicante, Spain, the European School of Luxembourg, John Mackenzie High School, Botswana, Jerudong International School, Brunei, the British International School, Istanbul, Wellington International School, Dubai, Westmorland Secondary School, Grenada, West Indies and Atlantic Hall, Lagos, Nigeria.
“The college isn’t like a traditional private school. The teachers give you plenty of guidance, but they expect you to take responsibility which makes it more like being at university.”
josh adcock, ric class of 2010, achieved four grade A a levels in one year from scratch. joined from oakwood park grammar, now at bristol university studying english literature