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Rochester Independent College:
Rochester Independent College (RIC) is one of the UK’s most well-known and highly-regarded alternatives to traditional independent education. Based in the town of Rochester in the County of Kent (just 35 minutes south-east of London), we offer day and boarding programs to UK and international students.

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Photo of Private Boarding School in South-East EnglandRochester Independent College is accredited by the ISC (Independent Schools Council) and a member of the ISA (Independent Schools Association).

About Rochester Independent College:
Established in 1984, the aim of the College is to give our students a happily distinctive, fulfilling, enjoyable, and successful experience of school in an international environment.

Why Choose RIC?

-  Excellence in All Curriculum Areas
The College’s academic credibility was built on the excellence of our Mathematics and Science teaching but we have always been committed to offering a full curriculum and broad education.

-  Award-Winning Results
RIC regularly wins awards for its A level results in subjects ranging from Sociology to Film and Media. Most recently we won Good Schools Guide awards for A level English Literature in 2011 and Film Studies in 2012.

-  Improving Students' Lives
Our Ethos is designed to foster mutual respect, challenge prejudice and to develop an imaginative and informed attitude that will lead to improvements in students’ personal and public lives.

University-Style Atmosphere:

Image of Private Boarding School in South-East EnglandAt Rochester, the focus is on examination success in a lively, supportive and informal atmosphere. The College has an atmosphere closer to university than school, where students enjoy being here and are treated as young adults.

Our Halls combine the informality of a university residence with the supervision and pastoral support appropriate for young adults.

Alternative Secondary School Education:
- Day students ages 11+
- Boarding Students ages 16+ (GCSE Year 11 and Sixth Form students)

Academic Courses include:
- One or two-year A-level courses in Sixth Form
- One-year and two-year GCSE courses
- Retake programs – GCSE and A level
- Medical, Dental and Vet Science Programs
- Film and Media Studies
- Visual and Creative Art courses
- English as a Foreign Language (EFL)

Testimonials - Students & Professionals:

Photos of Rochester Independent College“Studying at RIC raised my confidence and ambition– my previous school told me I would never get into a Russell Group university.”
- RIC student 2013

“I was so impressed with the classes and teaching I saw and came away with a very positive view of the College, its ethos and aspirations. The priority of teaching and learning was foremost and the students projected such a positive attitude towards their studies”
- Peter Read, Kent Independent Education Advice

“The teaching at Rochester is rigorous and tailored to the best possible exam results. It offers a broad education combining its original focus on getting students into competitive courses such as medicine and dentistry with a new emphasis on the creative arts.” 
- Liz Lightfoot, The Independent

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Address: Star Hill, Rochester, Kent, England ME1 1XF, UK / GB
Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2024-01-15 were from:

Reutlingen, Germany; Nigeria / England, Nigeria; lagrange, USA; Stirling, Sweden; saint louis, USA; Cairo, Egypt; Pinner; Iran; Harare, Zimbabwe; and more.