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About Our School

Our Mission: “Transforming life chances”

The Rochester Grammar School (RGS) is a heavily oversubscribed six form entry selective girls‘ school that admits male students into the Sixth Form. In September 1990 the school moved into new buildings and the original 1888 building closed. The school has 1150 pupils, with 300 in the Sixth form. There are 72 full time teachers and 4 part time teachers. We have 35 support staff. In November 2010 the school became an “Academy of Excellence” under the government‘s academy programme for outstanding schools. In June 2012 All Faiths‘ Children‘s Community School became an academy and formed a Multi Academy Trust with the RGS, forming “The Thinking Schools Academy Trust”. This Trust is now highly successful and expanding in both Medway and in Portsmouth.

The school has excellent facilities, including interactive whiteboards in all classrooms, network and wireless ICT, a sixth form centre, a two newly built and hi–tech teaching and training suites named after one of the school‘s famous ex–students — Evelyn Dunbar. Evelyn was the only female commissioned war artist. Pictures illustrating her famous sense of the home front during World War II decorate the suite. The latest new suite, which will be completed by March 2014, has six air conditioned new classrooms, a teacher training facility and a conference room with video conferencing installed. It is named after our first headmistress “The Elizabeth Easton Suite”.

In the sixth form, as well as A Levels, we deliver the International Baccalaureate diploma, as an IBO World School. We have the full International Schools Award, Healthy Schools Award and Investor in Careers and we are a designated “Advanced Thinking School”, accredited by the University of Exeter. The RGS is a National Support School and a National Teaching School.

Leadership and Management

The Senior Leadership Team is currently composed of the Trust Chief Executive Officer, Principal, Vice–Principal, three Assistant Principals. The Trust Chief Executive Officer is a National Leader of Education. The school has an extended senior leadership team of Associate leaders. Middle leadership consists of Curriculum Leaders, Heads of House, Lead Practitioners and performance coaches. We have an innovatory curriculum with a two year compressed KS3 which allows for early entry to GCSE and then access to a range of appropriate courses by the end of Year 11.

Care and Support

The pastoral system is inextricably linked to the ethos “Every child achieves”. Academic monitoring of overall student performance has been clearly established and is a strength of the school. Form groups are organised vertically with Years 7 to 12 mixed. This provides excellent care and support as well as peer mentoring and leadership roles for older students.

Teaching and Learning

The school received an outstanding Ofsted report in November 2003, and again in November 2008 we were graded as “outstanding” and we were praised for our commitment to the highest standards in teaching and learning. We aim to create a working environment where our students can think independently and engage enthusiastically with their own learning.

Equal Opportunities and High Expectations

Equal opportunities for all students continue to be a feature of the school and all staff are expected to contribute to this aim. There is a high expectation from staff, pupils and parents that the students will proceed to higher education.

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National Support School The Rochester Grammar School was awarded National Support School status in January 2010. This is a recognition that the school is judged to be an outstanding school with capacity to support other schools.…

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At The Rochester Grammar School, we actively promote positive, inclusive values. These include democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and Acceptance of those of different faiths and beliefs. We believe British Values…

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GCSE 2017 GCSE Examination Results A Level The A Level and IB results were exceptional with 79% of grades A*-B. Full Key Stage 5 Results 2017 A2 Level Examination Results International Baccalaureate Students take…

”We are each gifted in a unique and important way. It is our privilege and our adventure to discover our own special light.” Evelyn Dunbar, Celebrated War Artist and RGS alumni Sporting Excellence Rochester Grammar School has…

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The Rochester Grammar School has a unique history. It was opened in 1888 under the Endowed School’s Act of 1869 which allowed the charitable trustees of the Bridge Wardens to donate the necessary funds for a…

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Latest news and press releases from The Rochester Grammar School.

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Termly newsletters are published to provide parents and carers information about our past events, performances, trips, and successes, to provide information about important dates and upcoming events.

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Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills, which inspect and regulate services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages. Ofsted…

The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is made up of a family of schools that work together to “improve the life chances” of all our children and young people. We share a common mission to nurture all…

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Our school policies aim to provide staff, students, parents and guardians with clear information about the standards of behaviour expected by all members of our community. This page provides downloadable copies of some of our policies.…