Founded in 1984, Rochester Independent College is a day and boarding school offering a fresh alternative to traditional independent education for students from the age of 11 to 19 and boarders from 15. There is no uniform, students and staff are on first name terms and the average class size is 8. RIC focuses on the highest levels of academic achievement while retaining a creative buzz. The College provides first class GCSE and A level teaching, including successful retake programmes, to students aiming for top universities.
RIC’s Mathematics, Science, English Literature and Film Studies teaching have all won awards from The Good Schools Guide in recent years who also say: “It would be hard to find better provision for an artist.”
Located in Kent, RIC occupies a historically distinctive site with listed Georgian buildings linked by award-winning wildlife gardens creating a unique sense of place in which to live, work and study. The campus is as unique as the school itself, with an underground theatre space, an outdoor classroom shaped like an igloo and steel sculptural musical gates that form a landmark piece of public art. All boarding is on site, in single rooms, some with ensuite facilities.
University destinations in 2016 included Natural Sciences at Trinity College, Cambridge; Astrophysics at Edinburgh; Computing at Imperial; Medicine at Oxford; Veterinary Science at Liverpool; Law at Exeter; Aerospace Engineering at Bristol and Fashion Marketing at UAL’s London College of Fashion.