International Boarders

Our pupils often liken boarding at King’s to “living in a big family”. With a capacity of just under 70 beds, our two boarding houses (one for boys with 39 beds and one for girls with 24 beds) are warm, welcoming, friendly places where everyone knows everyone and newcomers are quickly made to feel at home.

Facilities in both School House (boys) and St Margaret’s (girls) are first rate and, as well as comfortable study bedrooms, pupils also have light, airy Common Rooms, well-equipped kitchen areas for making hot drinks and snacks, TV and Games rooms and access to tennis courts and a heated indoor swimming pool as well as to extensive playing fields. The historic town centre of Rochester with its Norman Castle and Cathedral is just a 5 minute walk away.

International pupils wishing to apply for a place at King’s Rochester should complete the Registration Form (available as a download on this page) and send it to Registrar, Mrs Susan Webb, King’s Rochester, Satis House, Boley Hill, Rochester, ME1 1TE or by email to We assess all applicants on the basis of their school reports, qualifications achieved to date (if appropriate) and the reference from their current Headmaster/ Headmistress as well as on the face to face or Skype interview with the Principal or the Headmaster of the appropriate part of King’s.

Pupils of all ages sit papers in English and Mathematics and pupils wishing to enter Years 7 or 8 also sit tests in Non Verbal Reasoning. For entry to Year 12, five 4 grades at GCSE or equivalent are required with a 6 grade or equivalent in the subjects to be studied at A Level. IELTS 5.5 is minimum requirement and IELTS 6.0 is preferred.

We assess every applicant’s level of English as part of the application process. For students under 18, we require applicants to take our English test under supervised conditions, either here at King’s or under examination conditions in their own school by special arrangement or in their local British Council office.

Our English as an Additional Language (EAL) department co-ordinates the programme of extra English lessons for our international students. An experienced teacher provides tuition as appropriate depending on ability. Upon joining the school, the English ability of each overseas student is reassessed so that an individual programme of EAL lessons may be devised, and this is monitored regularly so that lessons can be increased or reduced accordingly.