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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
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
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]





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.


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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