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).
We are also members of the Boarding Schools Association, CIFE (the professional association of independent sixth form colleges) and AEGIS, the Association for the Education and Guardianship of International Students. RIC is a Good Schools Guide School.
Rochester Independent College’s last full inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate was in November 2018.
In the Compliance Report the College was found to be fully compliant with all the following regulatory requirements met and no further action required:
- Quality of education provided
- Spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils
- Welfare, health and safety of pupils
- Suitability of staff, supply staff and proprietors
- Premises of and accommodation at schools
- Provision of information
- Manner in which complaints are handled
- Quality of leadership in and management of schools
In the EQI the quality of student achievement, academic and otherwise was judged to be ‘good’ and the quality of personal development ‘excellent’.
Highlights of the report included:
- Sixth form pupils achieve well in public examinations.
- Pupils’ achievements in the visual and creative arts are excellent.
- Pupils are engaged in lessons and have excellent rapport with their teachers and peers.
- Nearly all pupils develop excellent communication skills appropriate for their age.
- Pupils have a positive attitude towards learning, especially in the sixth form.
- Pupils show high levels of self-understanding. They flourish as they become more confident because staff encourage them at all stages and provide very high levels of pastoral care.
- Pupils are confident in discussions on a range of academic topics.
- Pupils adapt readily to new situations and are flexible in their approach to their education.
- Pupils have a well-developed aesthetic and cultural awareness. Relationships between pupils are totally inclusive, creating a harmonious community of day and boarding pupils.
- Behaviour is generally of a very high standard. In the pre-inspection questionnaire responses almost all of the pupils agreed that the school expects them to behave well.
- Pupils said in interview that they are very much at ease with each other spiritually as a result of the inclusive nature of the school.
- Pupils both respect and value the diversity in the school community and benefit from opportunities to learn about and celebrate other cultures in response to the school’s aim to foster respect, challenge prejudice and develop an imaginative and informed attitude.
- The school fulfils its aim to enable pupils who have not necessarily had a successful experience in their education previously to reach the further education course of their choice. Most pupils gain entry to university, including to some with high entry requirements.
The full report can be read at the ISI website: www.isi.net.