Rochester Independent Summer School
Rochester Independent College (RIC), one of the UK’s most well-established independent colleges, are proud to offer a range of refreshingly distinctive summer courses. Building on the College’s reputation for both academic excellence and mind-blowing creativity, we are offering 4 different courses in very small classes where international visitors will study and socialise alongside local students.
At RIC the focus is on individuality, diversity and flexibility, values we’ve woven into our courses. We are looking forward to welcoming young people from all over the world to Rochester from July to mid-August to improve their English, develop their passions and have a taste of life at a British boarding school.
Rochester Independent College and SBC are both part of the Dukes Education family of schools. The Rochester Summer School is delivered by RIC in collaboration with SBC.
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.
Studying at Rochester Independent College combines academic rigour with a creative buzz. Students enjoy being here and are treated as young adults. Our teachers have masses of expertise and experience and really get teenagers. It’s a place for individuals and a real alternative to traditional schools.
Our courses are carefully designed to give students a flavour of studying at a UK College as they prepare for GCSE, A-Level, or University study.
RIC summer courses will offer a balance of sports, music, cultural activities, games, arts, walks and competitions so there is something for everyone on the programme. We listen to our students and if there’s something you’d really like to do we’ll try and make it happen.
Rochester has parks in the castle and along the Esplanade and Shorne Woods Country Park has 288 acres of ancient woodland. Rochester offers a range of quirky vintage shops and independent boutiques as well as museums, delicatessens and second hand bookstores.
We have our own on site sports facilities but we can also use local leisure centres. At the end of each week of courses we hold a summer festival party and barbecue in the college gardens, a showcase celebration of student artwork, music and performance
Close to but outside of London, Rochester is ideally placed as a base to explore England from. It’s a short journey from Rochester to Whitstable, so seaside day trips are a breeze and the art galleries and theatres of London are only 40 minutes away by train.
Trips to London are an integral part of each course. From nationally and internationally acclaimed museums such as the National Gallery, Tate, Victoria and Albert Museum and Design Museum to exciting independent London projects such as Shoreditch Street Art tours and RIBA London Open House Architecture walks.
During excursions, students will have some supervised free time in small groups, allowing them to visit shops and explore the local area.
RIC’s boarding is all on-campus and our summer students will have their own study bedrooms, some with en-suite facilities. As all of RIC’s accommodation is site students do not have to travel between teaching buildings and their residences.
As well as common rooms and study areas, summer students have access to the College’s sports pitch, fitness centre, on-site cinema, art studios and award-winning wildlife gardens. The historically distinctive site with eye-catching listed buildings linked by award-winning wildlife gardens creates a special sense of place to explore and in which to live, study and work during your summer course.
The welfare and wellbeing of our students is our main priority and our dedicated staff team are available 24 hours per day to assist with any needs that a student might have during their stay with us.
We take great care to ensure that RIC is a safe environment for all our students and staff. RIC has the Boarding Schools’ Association ‘Covid Safe Charter.’ The College buildings are ‘deep cleaned’ regularly. Students and staff wear face coverings when in group situations and they follow all guidance on social distancing. Students and staff follow all hygiene guidance with specific regard to regular handwashing. Staff conduct any testing required and temperature monitoring. Sanitiser gel is widely available throughout the College.
All courses are 2 weeks in duration. The ‘Early Bird Discount’ is £2,400, available until 28 February 2021. After which, the fee increases to £2,600. Price includes return transfers to/from London Heathrow, London Gatwick and London St Pancras Eurostar station for flights/trains scheduled to arrive/depart between 09:00-16:00 on published arrival and departure days.