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The Rochester Grammar School (RGS) is a heavily oversubscribed six form entry selective girls‘ school that admits male students into the Sixth Form. In September 1990 the school moved into new buildings and the original 1888 building closed. The school has 1150 pupils, with 300 in the Sixth form. There are 72 full time teachers and 4 part time teachers. We have 35 support staff. In November 2010 the school became an “Academy of Excellence” under the government‘s academy programme for outstanding schools. In June 2012 All Faiths‘ Children‘s Community School became an academy and formed a Multi Academy Trust with the RGS, forming “The Thinking Schools Academy Trust”. This Trust is now highly successful and expanding in both Medway and in Portsmouth.
The school has excellent facilities, including interactive whiteboards in all classrooms, network and wireless ICT, a sixth form centre, a two newly built and hi–tech teaching and training suites named after one of the school‘s famous ex–students — Evelyn Dunbar. Evelyn was the only female commissioned war artist. Pictures illustrating her famous sense of the home front during World War II decorate the suite. The latest new suite, which will be completed by March 2014, has six air conditioned new classrooms, a teacher training facility and a conference room with video conferencing installed. It is named after our first headmistress “The Elizabeth Easton Suite”.
In the sixth form, as well as A Levels, we deliver the International Baccalaureate diploma, as an IBO World School. We have the full International Schools Award, Healthy Schools Award and Investor in Careers and we are a designated “Advanced Thinking School”, accredited by the University of Exeter. The RGS is a National Support School and a National Teaching School.
The Thinking Schools Academy Trust, ranked the best multi-academy trust (MAT) in the country for the performance of its secondary schools by the DfE, is made up of a family of schools that work together to “improve the life chances” of all our children and young people. We share a common mission to nurture successful children who are confident and can think and act independently. Our cognitive approach to education defines us but does not create a “one size fits all”.
At the heart of The Thinking Schools Academy Trust is the belief that the work that we do must transform the life chances of students.
We believe that the best way to transform life chances is to actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny.