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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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Academy Advisory Board (AAB) Membership More information about the AAB and governance across the Thinking School Academy Trust can be found at: Contact the Governing Bodies In the first instance, please contact Mr Peter Martin, Chair of…

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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. It is the…

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The Rochester Grammar School is a member of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust (TSAT), a successful growing family of schools that work together to improve the life chances of all its children and young people. It makes fulfilment, personal development…


Examination Information

For information relating to teacher assessed grades in Summer 2021, please review the documentation here This page provides information regarding external examinations for all qualifications that are taken at The Rochester Grammar School. It includes important documents which students must read and also information on the release of results…

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GCSE Key Stage 4 2020 A Level The A Level and IB results were outstanding with over two-thirds of grades at grade B and above. Full Key Stage 5 Results Key Stage 5 (A Level) 2020 International Baccalaureate Students take…

Future Developments

School Fundraiser – Wednesday 19th December   As a result of feedback from the student body our student School Council has put forward the idea of a whole school fundraiser to raise money to create a new outdoor, undercover seating area. This…

The TSAT Governance Model is different to the way a governing body in a non-academy or traditional school undertakes governance. Essentially, there are two elements to the governance of the TSAT academies – local governance which is delivered via the…

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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 girls’ grammar…