Boarding Secondary School in Kent, UK

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Image of Rochester Independent College Rochester Independent College:
Located in the Medway Towns in the County of Kent, just East of London, Rochester Independent College (RIC) is an alternative secondary school that provides day programs for students from the age of 11 and boarding programs from the age of 16 (GCSE Year 11 and Sixth Form students).

We offer A level courses and GCSE courses, as well as courses in film and media, visual and creative arts, and programs for those aiming to enter Medical, Dental and Vet Science Programs. We welcome students from all over the UK as well as from overseas.

The Medway Towns are an exciting place to be in the educational field, with one of the country's leading art colleges based here and both the University of Greenwich and the University of Kent currently moving increasing numbers of courses into their Medway campuses because of its strategically important location.

Rochester and the other Medway Towns offer better and more affordable living accommodation than London, yet are within cheap and easy reach of all the facilities the capital city has to offer.

Location and Facilities:


Photo of Boarding Secondary School in Kent, UK The Rochester Independent College campus is home to a conference centre, an observatory with a telescope for star-gazing, a fitness centre and a peaceful landscaped garden.

The College has first class ICT facilities with over 120 onsite computers for student use, all linked to the College network. The network is primarily PC based but we have a new Apple Mac suite for Music Technology, Graphic Design and Media.

The College has two cinema rooms equipped with state of the art digital projection facilities and surround sound and five fully equipped Science laboratories.

Students are encouraged to use the College’s intranet where each subject tutor has archived materials, online lessons, resources, self tests and web links.

College accommodation is in either single or double rooms. All rooms have a direct dial telephone and a computer with internet connection. Each room also has a desk, a chair, a wardrobe, shelving and a strong box. Ben linen is provided and extra bedding available on any of the housekeeping staff. Students are free to bring their own bed linen or laptops if they wish. At the beginning of each year boarders fill in a catering questionnaire to establish likes and dislikes as regards food.

School / Office Address: Star Hill, Rochester, Kent
England ME1 1XF
Email: Contact Us


Directions / Instructions:

The major airports are within easy reach, Gatwick being only one hour and Heathrow one and a half hour away by road. Airport pick ups are arranged at the beginning and end of each term by the College.

The Eurostar terminal at Ashford with its direct links to Paris and Brussels is also only 30 miles away. Again, transport to and from the College is easily arranged.

The College is only a two minute walk from Rochester Station or a short taxi ride from Chatham Station, both on the main London-Dover train line. Fast trains from London Victoria take only 45 minutes. For road travel, both the M2 and M20 motorways pass close to Rochester.

Some interested visitors submitting program inquiries to our school up to 2021-08-12 were from:

Pinner;   Maisons-Laffitte, France;   North Bend Oregon, USA;   Philippines;   Constance, Germany;   Essex;   China;   Brussels, Belgium;   New jersey, USA;   Bridgeview/ IL, USA;   and more.