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Welcome to The Rochester Grammar School’s Virtual Open Day

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Clare Brinklow, Principal

Hello and welcome to our Virtual Open Day, I’m Clare Brinklow the Principal at Rochester Grammar School. My team and I are passionate and dedicated to our ethos of “excellence for all”; we have the highest expectations of all of our learners in terms of their commitment to academic achievement, respect for others and contribution to the school community.

Here at Rochester Grammar school you’ll usually find an excitable hum from all classrooms, our students are animated and creative and we encourage this with collaborative work and in-class discussions.

We focus on raising aspirations and delivering excellence. Our Mission Statement, “Transforming Life Chances”, articulates the strength of personal support, care and guidance given to each learner.

Our school has six houses, named after eclectic and powerful women in the fields of music, mathematics, sports and literature such as (Lady Anne) Byron, (Eva) Cassidy, (Ella) Fitzgerald, (Mary) Somerville, (Jane) Tomlinson and Hildegard (of Bingen). These houses compete in events throughout the year, including inter-house year tournaments such as netball, dance and football. At the end of the year the houses compete in sports day, Olympiad and house arts day competitions involving a variety of performances such as solo singing.

While I’m disappointed that I won’t get to meet you this year, show you around our school halls and chat further about your daughter’s exciting next academic steps, our Virtual Open Day has been created and curated to show you all that Rochester Grammar has to offer…

 

Meet our Principal

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REMEMBER: Application deadline
30th November 2020

Our Heads of Department, Classrooms & Students

 What is the International Baccalaureate?

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At RGS, we believe the International Baccalaureate (IB) has a number of benefits, with students studying six subjects; three at a higher level.

Students taking the IB also look into the Theory of Knowledge and complete a range of non-assessed activities designed to encourage students to be involved with a variety of activities outside their academic lessons.

This means a package can be tailored to allow them to excel in their strengths while expanding their skills in a wide range of fields, both academic and otherwise. The IB puts students in a very strong position in terms of both university admissions and today’s highly competitive careers market.

We are very proud that several students at our school have achieved the maximum 45 points, placing them in the top 0.3% of students worldwide, and that many more have won places at the world’s best universities. Below our Head Girl, April, shares why she chose to take the IB…

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FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE

Our IB Learner Profile

An IB Learner Profile is made of ideals to be used as inspiration, motivation and focus, it identifies specific skills and values for long term education that go beyond academic success.  Through learning, the skills are developed to help students become inquiring, knowledgeable, caring young people who help to create a better world through understanding and respect.

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Inquirers: Develop a natural curiosity to become lifelong learners.

Knowledgeable: Explore ideas of importance and dig deep into its meaning creating a balance of learning.

Thinkers: Apply thinking skills to tackle complex problems in creative ways.

Communicators: Understand and articulate information in confident, creative ways, including a second language.

Principled: Individuals are honest, fair, just and full of integrity. They strive to solve their own problems and to take responsibility for their own actions.

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Risk-Takers: Being brave in the face of new challenges. Strive to take on new roles and to defend beliefs.

Reflective: Reflect on their own learning. From this, adjust for weaknesses and strengths.

Caring: Actively care about others and participate in active service.

Balanced: Understanding the need to be emotionally, physically and mentally balanced.

Open-minded: Understand and embrace other cultures. Recognise and celebrate backgrounds.

At Rochester Grammar School your daughter will learn to not only ask; “What is the right answer?” but “What are the different ways I could approach this problem?”

 

 The top three things you need to know about our Trust

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1. WHO THEY ARE: You may hear us referring to our Trust as TSAT, this stands for Thinking Schools Academy Trust. Affectionately nicknamed Our Trust, it’s effectively the family name for the 17 schools in Our Trust, The schools within Our Trust are situated across Medway, Deal and Hampshire.

2. WHY A THINKING SCHOOL IS THE ONE FOR YOUR CHILD: A Thinking School challenges students to think deeply about their thinking, to be their best self and to gain the knowledge, tools and skills to shape their success in a life beyond school. The children and young people we’re presently educating will retire around 2070. According to experts most of the jobs our children will have don’t even exist yet, and this is why developing skills to think independently and become life-long learners is so important.

3. HOW A THINKING SCHOOL WORKS: Our cognitive approach to education defines us but does not create a ‘one size fits all’. Each and every member of the TSAT family is equally as important and shares a direction and ethos; put simply, we believe that we are stronger together. Our schools work with each student so they are aspirational and ready to move forward and understand their role within their local community and beyond. The Thinking School approach to education is unique and we believe that it genuinely transforms the life chances of our children, teaching them the critical thinking skills they need to be resilient in life after school.

The future’s almost here

Take a virtual stroll around out proposed school expansion. We’re excited to reveal that the planned enhancements to existing facilities at the school include a new, Sports England-approved sports hall, refurbishment of the existing gym into a Creative Activity Space, construction of a new Art and DT block of two classrooms, and the conversion of two existing classroom into Science labs. Once completed, RGS will lead sport sessions for local primary schools, offering students from deprived backgrounds access to the new facilities.

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A snapshot of Rochester Grammar School

Catering at Rochester Grammar School

 

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Chartwells are the caterers at The Thinking Schools Academy Trust. Their team are innovative in their commitment to finding imaginative new ways to enhance the student experience, making school food delicious and appealing.

The food is prepared from fresh, sustainable, locally sourced ingredients.  All Chartwells menus are compliant with the School Food Standards as set out in the School Food Plan and approved by a qualified nutritionist.

School Uniform

A school uniform is vital for a student to feel a part of something, it promotes commonality among students, improves concentration and fosters a sense of pride, especially when they wear it outside of school. The RGS uniform consists of the blue blazer with RGS badging, blue school blouse with flat V-shaped ‘revere’ collar with RGS logo, and tartan skirt. The PE kit is white polo t-shirts complete with RGS badging and blue shorts.

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Would you like to know more?
Email us at office@rochestergrammar.org.uk
0333 360 2120