insideKENT Magazine Issue 49 - April 2016 - Page 132

EDUCATION King’s Rochester TOP RESULTS AND SO MUCH MORE Founded in 604 AD, King’s Rochester is the oldest Cathedral Choir school in the world and the second oldest school. Academic results are impressive at all levels in this broad-ability school and in 2015, King’s A level pupils netted over 80% A* to C grades with over a third being A* or A and almost two thirds, A* to B. At GCSE, nearly half of all grades were A* and A and just under 70%, A* to B. In Pre-Prep and Prep, 2015 Key Stage 1 and 2 results again far exceeded national scores and the latest (2013) inspection report (ISI) deemed PrePrep, Prep and Senior Schools “good” or “outstanding” in all areas. At King’s they recognise that every child is unique with talents and strengths which extend far beyond the classroom. Unsurprisingly, music plays a central role there and many concerts are staged in Rochester Cathedral – the school’s chapel. The Cathedral Choristers have recorded for BBC radio and television, performed on London’s South Bank and taken part in many more local festivals in addition to singing at the daily cathedral services. Most recently, they performed at London’s Ronnie Scott’s Jazz Club alongside the James Taylor Quartet, the first Cathedral Choir ever to sing at the legendary venue. The outstanding musical abilities of their pupils cross all musical disciplines from choral music to strings, piano to percussion and opera to jazz. of the King’s Rochester Chorus, impressed the audience with a stunning and dramatic performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. Internationally acclaimed singers, Laure Meloy (Soprano), John Pierce (Tenor) and Simon Thorpe (Baritone) gave dramatic performances of the challenging solos. Former pupil and music scholar Tabitha Reynolds, returned to the school and cathedral with an awesome rendition of Elgar’s sublime Sea Pictures. Since leaving King’s in 2012, Tabitha has been studying at the Royal College of Music where she gained a full scholarship upon entrance. King’s Rochester Sports Centre provides first-rate facilities with seven outdoor (Lawn Tennis Association (LTA) approved) tennis courts, five netball courts, a large multi-purpose sports hall, fitness gym and physio suite. Together with a boathouse on the Medway for rowing, King’s pupils also have a heated indoor pool on site and acce