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Some Frequently ask questions asked by parents with with school aged children looking for a school near Sherwin Knight Infant Schoolf

How do I find out what schools are available around Rochester?

What date do you find out about school places 2020?

How do I find my school catchment area UK?

How do I find out how good a school is?


Nursery Schools

What's the difference between nursery and preschool? Preschools usually work around a formal curriculum and trained teachers - making them a little more expensive! Nursery schools are usually a more relaxed learning environment and more flexible enrollment terms. They are also cheaper and vary greatly.

What age is a preschooler? Ages up to 4 is considered preschooler with toddlers are 1 to 3 year old bracket. Basically 4-year-old are not 'toddling' around any more and so are no longer toddlers!

What does preschool mean?

Is Pre K considered preschool?

This page should help you answer these school finding questions!


Local Area Creches and Day Nurseries for ME2
Click also to find: Childcare Services, Nursery Schools, After School Care

PreSchools and Playgroups for Rochester

Meadow Pre School

Albert Rd, Rochester ME1 3DG, UK – 01634 814122

Really friendly, dedicated staff. Run as a community facility, not as a business. Sometimes a little disorganised.

New Road Primary School and Nursery Unit

Bryant St, Chatham ME4 5QN, UK – 01634 843084

Hl to all the starth

brilliant school

Greenvale Infant and Nursery School

Symons Ave, Chatham ME4 5UP, UK – 01634 409521

Well what can I say it is such a brilliant school from the first day when my daughter started she loved it teachers are very supportive of the children the school has a very happy and welcoming community mixed of the teachers parents and children if u want to send you child or children anywhere send them here if I could give more than 5 stars I would ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

After School Care

Delce Infant School

Fleet Rd, Rochester ME1 2QA, UK – 01634 844127

Lovely Children's Centre with really helpful and friendly staff. 💕

King's Rochester

Satis House, Boley Hill, Rochester ME1 1TE, UK – 01634 888555

KSR is a great school right in the heart of Rochester. The children are well-behaved, and the staff top-notch. The emphasis on tradition, respect, academic achievement as well as musical excellence is a reason why KSR is a highly recommendable institution of learning. However, what sets it apart is its focus on diversity, and the opportunity given to children from all walks of life to be the best that they can be.

It is a good school. Go to Kings School, Rochester

Gad's Hill School

Gads Hill Place, Gravesend Rd, Higham, Rochester ME3 7PA, UK – 01474 822366

What an absolutely fantastic school! Every child is an individual and is taught accordingly. An all-round, wholesome education provided :-) academic, music, drama, sport... You name it, your child will achieve in every field :-D 10/10 cannot fault it!

It's a excellent school

Choosing a school around Rochester. This is an Australian video but has some really good Tips!

Independent Schools - Prep & Secondary - for Rochester

Independent Schools for Rochester - private preparatory and senior schools. Prep schools age 8 yrs to 11yrs or 13 yrs. Senior schools age 11yrs or 13 yrs to 18yrs. Some independent schools have a pre-prep department (age 3 to 8yrs) as well as prep and senior schools. Independent schools can be co-educational or single sex.

Secondary Schools

The Rochester Grammar School

Maidstone Rd, Rochester ME1 3BY, UK – 01634 843049

I went here as a girl and it's a very good school (grammar) mainly for girls and they push their pupils a lot to achieve better grades

I am going there The girls show alot of respect to everyone no mattrr what

St. John Fisher Catholic School

79 Maidstone Rd, Chatham ME4 6DG, UK – 01634 543123

This school has improved beyond recognition, Head teacher is excellent. My Child has passed 2 GCSE's taken 2 years early thanks to this school and is on course to do very well in 2 years time

i like the food very good tasing and the cooks were phenomenal, great resturant

The Victory Academy

Magpie Hall Rd, Chatham ME4 5JB, UK – 01634 303005

I have re-evaluated my opinion of this school. On attending a parents evening recently, meeting my child's teachers and head of year and having a look around the school properly for the first time, I was somewhat more impressed. The teachers were more positive than I had anticipated and were helpful with setting future goals to help with my child's education. I left parents evening feeling very differently in comparison to my arrival, I felt the school was somewhat more approachful than a previous experience. Thumbs up!

I used to attend Sir Joseph Williamson's Mathematical School, but moved to this school, due to the fact misbehaving was the predominance of my nature. However, The Victory Academy, was a humbling experience, especially coming from that of a grammar school. The help I receive at this school be it: education, social issues or personal issues, surpasses that of the grammar school. The teaching is so adequate compared to how it apparently was before. I don't see the issue complacent individudals and gossipers have with the school - it earned an ofsted of "a 'good' school", for goodness sake. The amount of support I got at the Math School will never surpass or be in tantamount to that of the Victory Academy. The only issue is the fact majority of students don't value education and therefore, the sacrifices the teachers make and extra work they do to help the students, only benefit a minority who want to do better than just a passing grade. I highly recommend this school to students, but especially to those who are having issues in Grammar schools. You won't regret coming here! I don't.

Independent Schools

St Andrews

24 - 28 Watt's Ave, Rochester ME1 1SA, UK – 01634 843479

A truly outstanding school.


Rochester Independent College

St Margarets Banks, 254 High St, Rochester ME1 1HY, UK – 01634 828115

Went on the GCSE easter revision course and it helped so much in gearing me up for the exams and pushing my final grades to at least two grade boundaries higher. Thanks RIC!

King's Preparatory School Rochester

St Nicholas House, King Edward Rd, Rochester ME1 1UB, UK – 01634 888577


Local Authority Schools - Primary & Secondary Schools

Local Authority primary and secondary schools for ME2 2JP . LEA primary schools age 4yrs (the year in which a child is 5) to 11yrs. Secondary schools age 11yrs to 16yrs or 18 yrs. Each school has a local catchment area.

Primary Schools

Chattenden Primary School

Chattenden, Rochester ME3 8LH, UK – 01634 250861

This school is a great place to go love it so far

Temple Mill Primary School

Cliffe Rd, Rochester ME2 3NL, UK – 01634 338200

A very good primart school.

Very nice school. Well planned school area properly fenced so kids are safe. Round drop off point. Pretty location with nice surroundings. Kids are happy

Elaine Primary School

Elaine Ave, Rochester ME2 2YW, UK – 01634 294817

I was very appriensive about sending my son to this school but I have nothing but praise for the school and teachers in the special needs unit , my son loves his school and is thriving , they understand my son and his needs and never suspend him like the last two schools . Well done , j and jj .


Ofsted is the Office for Standards in Education, Children’s Services and Skills. Ofsted reports directly to Parliament and is independent and impartial, inspecting and regulating services which care for children and young people, and those providing education and skills for learners of all ages.

Click for the full database of OFSTED's inspection reports - check out schools in ME2 or anywhere in the country.
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Independent Schools Council Website - has a search facility: by county, school or postcode. The ISC brings together eight associations of independent schools, their heads, bursars and governors and represents over 1,200 independent schools in the UK and overseas.
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BBC Live Educational News

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Dyslexia support centres
Click also to find: Education Agencies & Authorities, Schools - Independent & Preparatory
Special schools for Rochester for moderate to severe learning difficulties, ADHD, Autism, Physical impairment, complex health needs, communication difficulties, dyspraxia and other special needs.

Special Needs Schools around you

Abbey Court Community Special School

150 Cliffe Rd, Rochester ME2 3DL, UK

Abbey Court School

Rede Court Road, Strood, Rochester, Kent ME2 3SP, UK – 01634 338220

Blue Skies School

126 Maidstone Rd, Chatham ME4 6DQ, UK – 01634 357770

Website with facility to search for many different kinds of special needs schools and links to lots of support groups.  Find a special needs school near Rochester or search the website for special schools throughout the UK

Adult Education Centres for ME2 - Language Tuition

Adult Education Centres for Rochester which may run evening or daytime language classes

Adult Education

Medway Adult Education

Rochester Community Hub, Eastgate, Rochester ME1 1EW, UK – 01634 338400

Good range of courses, although if doing a course which extends over several weeks, you have to pay for all of them at the beginning.

I have done a lot if creative courses and made lots of friends

H20 Swim Fitness Ltd

Hilltop Road, Wainscott, Rochester ME2 4QN, UK – 07763 733980

A fantastic swim school, with excellent teachers, highly recommended

Go Train Chatham

8th Floor Anchorage House, High Street, Chatham ME4 4LE, UK – 01634 818400

Language Schools

King's School

Kings School Rochester, Boley Hill, Rochester ME1 1TE, UK

8/8 M8

Language Schools for Rochester

Language schools for ME2. Also consider Adult Education Centres which might run evening language classes

Private Tutors for Rochester

Private Tuition for ME2
Click also to find: Language Schools, Translators & Interpreters

Private Tutors

Tuition Academy

B7 Centre Court, Sir Thomas Longley Rd, Rochester ME2 4BQ, UK – 01634 714449

Tuition Academy is and has always been highly professional education establishment. They have been very strict in their approach to bring out the best in children and provide a very effective level of additional education. I’ve had both my children attend in the last 2 years and their way of working has proved very effective and helped my children very much. I’d highly recommend them to all.

My child has attended the Tuition Academy for the 11+ since January, she has really enjoyed coming each week and has improved so much at school. She is now exceeding on her school report and her confidence has grown. Her Saturday teacher is full of energy and makes her love learning. She used to have a private tutor and this didn’t work out. I wish I’d known about this place before. Thank you Medway Tuition!

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