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“My wife and I both left RIC after our visit convinced it was the right move for our daughter. In fact, it’s the kind of school we both would have loved to have gone to ourselves.”
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an academic school with the widest range of gcse choices in kent

We only offer IGCSE and GCSE courses as these qualifications are the best preparation for sixth form study and carry more weight with employers and universities. Biology, Chemistry and Physics are taught at International GCSE level for those aiming to study Sciences at A level. We have opted for the IGCSE in English and English Literature as these courses are more stretching, avoid controlled assessments and have a more engaging range of set texts. German, French and Spanish GCSE are offered. Drawing on the considerable expertise and enthusiasm of RIC teachers, students also have the opportunity to study more unusual subjects such as Astronomy, Film Studies and Photography. Where appropriate, RIC students start AS level courses early, alongside their GCSEs. Regular testing and examination practice ensures students and their parents can see rapid progress. 

a  small, flexible school with small classes

RIC has around sixty students in Years 10-11 aged 14-16.  In class sizes that average 8, students are better known and relationships between teachers and students- and students with each other- prosper.  Individual attention in all subjects is not only always available, but  practically inescapable. A smaller school size allows more opportunity for our teachers to work closely together and share information. It allows us to provide an unparalleled level of feedback to parents. We offer conventional two year GCSE courses but also intensive one year courses for students who join us in Year 11.

an unstuffy school that is high performing but not academically selective

Ofsted celebrate the standard of education and quality of teaching at RIC as well as the behaviour of our students as “outstanding.” There is no school uniform and everyone is on first name terms. Believing that everyone who works hard can do well we do not have entrance exams yet our GCSE and A level results rival the most selective schools. Our students enjoy being taught well in an environment that avoids the petty rules and traditional trappings of some independent and grammar schools. Homework is set regularly but we aim for a sensible balance between school and family life. After a busy day many of our students pursue a range of outside hobbies and interests. We do not teach on Saturdays.

a lively school with a talented, caring team of teachers and support staff

The strength of any school is the quality of its staff. At RIC there is very little turn over, ensuring consistency for children. Our teaching style is positive, enthusiastic and encouraging. Ofsted say: “The quality of teaching and assessment is outstanding.  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.”

a  happy school that is about so much more than examination results and is an ideal preparation for sixth form study

Students at RIC benefit from what Ofsted describes as, “outstanding spiritual, moral and cultural development.” They enjoy a colourful range of sports and clubs. They are served great school meals and help plan their own exciting and innovative trips. Music, Art, Film and Drama give a creative buzz.   

a  school that is easy to reach from different parts of kent and beyond

RIC runs its own minibus services from Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks, Maidstone, West Malling and King’s Hill and new this year, Ashford.

We are directly opposite Rochester railway station and 30 minutes from Bromley South, 30 mins from Stratford and 40 minutes from St Pancras or Victoria, offering a real alternative to London day schools.

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