The subject knowledge of teaching staff recruited by the senior management team is excellent and teachers share the vision that the team has created. All show a strong commitment to the success of the college. The creation of a friendly community which enables students to realise their potential is the focus of all staff.
RIC is Kent’s fresh alternative to traditional independent education from Year 7 to Sixth Form. All teaching takes place in small, informal groups of mixed ability students. Our teachers are experts in their subjects, comfortable in a first name terms, non-uniform setting, lively and engaging and enjoy the company of young people.
Working at RIC is like a breath of fresh air, the small classes and the fact that the students are very well behaved and want to succeed in the subject means that I feel that I can convey my enthusiasm for Chemistry and turn my attention to every student.
I am feeling fantastic! I got everything I asked for – and more! I’m still in shock over a few of my grades – I got an A in Maths, I’m so happy! I love all of my teachers; they bring you forward; they are firm but ever so supportive and are with you every step of the way. They are always kind in their guidance; their passion in their subject really does shine through and it’s contagious. I originally wanted to be a Marine Biologist but more recently I’ve thought about becoming a teacher – I’ve been inspired!
Rochester Independent College recognises the need to offer teachers first class professional development opportunities. The College is keen to support the further academic study of its staff and offers appropriate training in student welfare issues and ICT to all. There is a particular focus on ensuring that teaching staff are kept up to date with examination specifications and that boarding staff receive ongoing training appropriate to their roles.
The College is able to support newly qualified teachers in their induction year through the IStip programme.
All staff have private medical care after one year of service and income protection insurance after two years of service.
Rochester Independent College is part of Dukes Education and offers a range of group wide professional development opportunities including the Dukes Leadership in Education Programme.