King’s Rochester

King’s Rochester

Founded in 604AD, King’s Rochester is the oldest cathedral choir school in the world, and the second oldest school.

Address: Satis House, Boley Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1TE
Type: Independent, co-educational, ages three to 18, boarding from Year 7
Tel: 01634 888 555
Number of pupils: 720
Number of staff: 201
Cost per term (day): £3,190 to £3,460 (pre-preparatory school); £4,140 to £4,700 (preparatory school); £6,070 (senior school)
Cost per term (boarding): £6,860 (preparatory school); £9,860 (senior school)
Head: Mr Jeremy Walker

Top results and so much more
Founded in 604AD, King’s Rochester is the oldest cathedral choir school in the world, and the second oldest school. Academic results are impressive at all levels. Just under a third of A-level passes this year were in the coveted A* and A brackets, and 58% were top grades A* to B. 83% of all passes were A* to C. This year, the 40% of students in the grammar stream at this broad-ability school achieved an average points score per pupil equivalent to three A* grades each.

In pre-prep and prep, 2016 Key Stage 1 and 2 results again far exceeded national scores, and the latest (2013) inspection report (ISI) deemed pre-prep, prep and senior schools ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’ in all areas.

At the time of publication, GCSE results for 2016 had not been released.

But at King’s, we recognise that every child is unique, with talents and strengths that extend far beyond the classroom. Unsurprisingly, music plays a central role here, and many concerts are staged in Rochester Cathedral – our school chapel. The Cathedral Choristers have recorded for BBC radio and television, performed on London’s South Bank and taken part in many more local festivals, in addition to singing at the daily cathedral services. Most recently, they performed at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club alongside the James Taylor Quartet, making them the first cathedral choir ever to sing at the legendary venue. The outstanding musical abilities of our pupils cross all musical disciplines, from choral music to strings, piano to percussion and opera to jazz.

To find out more about the school, a great place to start is our open day on Saturday October 1 2016, from 9.15am to 12pm. No booking is required, but please call 01634 888 590, or email for more information.