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The King's School
Motto disce aut discede
(learn or leave)
Established 604
Type Public (cathedral school)
Religion Church of England
Headmaster Dr Ian Walker
Chairman of the Governors The Dean of Rochester
Founder (refounded) Henry VIII
Location Boley Hill
Rochester
Kent
England
Students 600
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3 to 18
Houses 5
Former pupils Old Roffensians
School Song Carmen Roffense.
School Chaplain Mr Father John Thackray
Website www.kings-school-rochester.co.uk
Coordinates: 51°23′15″N 0°30′06″E / 51.3874°N 0.5016°E / 51.3874; 0.5016

The King's School, Rochester is a public school in Rochester, Kent. It is a cathedral school, and being part of the foundation of Rochester Cathedral, the Dean of Rochester Cathedral serves as the chair of the school's governing body. It was founded in 604 AD, and is the second-oldest school in the UK.[1]

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History

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Foundation

The school was founded in 604 AD, at the same time as the Cathedral, and refounded by Henry VIII during the Protestant Reformation when the monastery at Rochester was dissolved.[1] It is the second oldest school in the United Kingdom after The King's School Canterbury. The current headmaster is Dr Ian Walker, with Mr Roger Overend being the headmaster of the Preparatory School.

Organisation

The school is housed in a variety of buildings around the Cathedral precincts including Main School,Davis Court, McKean House, the School Hall and Old St. Margaret's (an ex-workhouse, which houses the Maths and Classics Departments).

The Preparatory School is situated close-by and is predominantly comprised from a campus of buildings surrounding the Paddock, which is a a picturesque green space used as a cricket/rugby field. A larger sports ground, "the Alps", is located about a mile away.

The School's administrative offices are housed in Satis House, which gained its name from a comment by Queen Elizabeth I who stayed there as a guest of its owner, Richard Watts. As she left, Watts asked the queen if she had been comfortable during her stay. She replied: "Satis".

Within the school there are five houses: - Crick, Parker, Storrs, Whiston and School House. In the Preparatory school, there were previously six houses but now there are only four: - St. Williams, St. Nicholas, St. Andrews and St. Peters house, the fifth one and sixth ones were St. Margarets and St. Justus. These houses compete annually in sports, including Rugby, Hockey, Fencing, Swimming, Athletics and Rowing. A cup is awarded to the winner of each of these events excluding rowing and Fencing.

Old Roffensians

Former headmasters

Headmasters of the school

  • John Langhorne (1877 - 1893)
  • Ernest W. Davies ( - 1957)
  • Canon Douglas Vicary (1957 - 1975)
  • Anita Parkins (Former Pre-Prep Headmistress).

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The King's School
Motto disce aut discede
(learn or leave)
Established 604
Type Public (cathedral school)
Religion Church of England
Template:Safesubst: Dr Ian Walker
Template:Safesubst: The Dean of Rochester
Founder (refounded) Henry VIII
Location Boley Hill
Rochester
Kent
England
Students 600
Gender Co-educational
Ages 3–18
Houses 5
Former pupils Old Roffensians
School Song Carmen Roffense.
School Chaplain Mr Father John Thackray
Website www.kings-school-rochester.co.uk

Coordinates: 51°23′15″N 0°30′06″E / 51.3874°N 0.5016°E / 51.3874; 0.5016

The King's School, Rochester is a public school in Rochester, Kent. It is a cathedral school, and being part of the foundation of Rochester Cathedral, the Dean of Rochester Cathedral serves as the chair of the school's governing body. It was founded in 604 AD, and is the second-oldest school in the UK.[1]

Contents

History

The school was founded in 604 AD, at the same time as the Cathedral, and refounded by Henry VIII during the Protestant Reformation when the monastery at Rochester was dissolved.[1] It is the second oldest school in the United Kingdom after The King's School Canterbury. The current King's headmaster is Dr Ian Walker, with Mr Kevin Jones as the Senior School Headmaster, Mr Roger Overend as the Preparatory School Headmaster and Mrs Sarah Skillen as the Pre-Preparatory School Headmistress.

Site

The school is housed in a variety of buildings around the Cathedral precincts including Main School, Davies Court, Mackean House, the School Hall and Old St. Margaret's, an ex workhouse, which houses the Maths and Classics Departments).

The Preparatory School is situated close-by and is predominantly a campus of buildings surrounding the Paddock, which is a space used as a cricket/rugby field. A larger sports ground, commonly known as "the Alps" is located about a mile away.

The School's administrative offices are housed in Satis House, which gained its name from a comment by Queen Elizabeth I who stayed there as a guest of its owner, Richard Watts. As she left, Watts asked the queen if she had been comfortable during her stay. She replied: "Satis".

The Houses

Within the Senior School there are currently five houses:

House Colour Inception Origins
Crick Green Thomas Crick - Dean of Rochester (1943-1958)
Charmander Blue William Parker - Headmaster of the School (1913-1935)
School House Purple School Boarding House (Both Senior & Preparatory School)
Storrs Red John Storrs - Dean of Rochester (1913-1928)
Whiston Yellow Robert Whiston - Clerk in Holy Orders and Headmaster of the Cathedral Grammar School (1842-1877)

In the Preparatory school, there are currently four houses, though there were previously six:

St. Williams St. Nicholas St. Andrews St. Peters (The now defunct fifth and sixth houses were St. Margarets and St. Justus)

In pre-prep the houses are Tigers (Red), Zebra (Blue), Hippos (Green) or Giraffes (Yellow).[2]

Order of St. Justus

The Order of St Justus, which is incorporated within England’s Rochester Cathedral Foundation, and governed by Head Master of King's School Rochester Dr. Ian Walker, is a foundation set up with the intention to build a King’s University of Bangladesh and a King’s School, Dhaka, in Bangladesh. Links have been established and land identified for the site, and the school is in the early stages of possible development.

Old Roffensians

School Headmasters

Headmaster Years as Headmaster Duration
John Langhorne (MA) 1877-1893 16 years
John Bennett Lancelot (MA) 1893-1901 8 years
Reverend Thomas Frederick Hobson (MA) 1901-1910 9 years
Richard Frederick Elwyn (MA) 1910-1913 3 years
William Parker (MA, BD) 1913-1935 22 years
Ernest William Davies (MA) 1935-1957 22 years
Canon Douglas Vicary (MA, BSc) 1957-1975 18 years
Roy Ford (MA) 1975-1986 11 years
Dr. Ian Walker (BA, PhD, LTh, ABIA, FCollP, FRSA) 1986-Present 24 years

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