King's School, Rochester
|Motto||Disce aut discede
(Learn or leave)
|Type||Independent day and boarding school
|Religion||Church of England|
|Principal||Mr Jeremy Walker|
|Chairman of the Governors||The Dean of Rochester|
|Founder||(refounded) Henry VIII|
|Colours||Blue, black and white|
|Former pupils||Old Roffensians|
|School Song||"Carmen Roffense"|
The King's School, Rochester is an independent 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. The school claims to be the second oldest continuously operating school in the world, having been founded in 604 AD. [a]
The cathedral school at Rochester was founded in 604 AD, at the same time as the cathedral, and was refounded by Henry VIII in 1541 during the Protestant Reformation, when the monastery at Rochester was dissolved. It is the second oldest school in the United Kingdom after The King's School Canterbury. The current King's Principal is Mr Jeremy Walker, who also acts as the Senior School Headmaster, Mr Roger Overend as the Preparatory School Headmaster and Mrs Sarah Skillen as the Pre-Preparatory School Headmistress. The longest serving teacher at the school in present time is Mr Brian Richter, the international languages teacher (teaching Russian, German and French), has been teaching at the school for 32 years.
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 reputedly 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", which in translation means "enough" or "satisfactory".
In 2011 the school bought the Stirling Center and in September 2013, it re-opened as the King's Rochester Sports center. It is now open to students and the public.
The school also has a boat house in Maidstone, south of the Allington Lock. It is used for Rowing and Kayaking. The building is also known to school pupils as "The Boat House".
Within the Senior School there are currently five houses:
|Crick||Green||Thomas Crick – Dean of Rochester (1943–1958)|
|Parker||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). Zebra used to be called 'Snakes', but the children got scared, so they subsequently changed it to 'Zebra' house.
Order of St. Justus
The Order of St Justus, which is incorporated within England’s Rochester Cathedral Foundation, and governed by former 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.
- Sir Edwin Arnold, poet, author
- Sir Derek Barton, Nobel Prize-winning chemist
- Michael Brown, Archdeacon of Nottingham
- Richard Dadd, artist
- Edward Mortlock Donaldson, World War II flying ace
- Christopher Gabbitas, singer with The King's Singers
- John Griffiths, Warden of Wadham College, Oxford
- John Gummer, Baron Deben, former Conservative cabinet minister
- Peter Gummer, Baron Chadlington, Conservative peer
- John Hemming-Clark, politician and author 
- Richard Keen, lawyer
- David Clive King, author
- Dinsdale Landen, actor
- Harold Stephen Langhorne, Brigadier-General in the Royal Army Ordnance Corps
- Geoffrey Lees, cricketer and educator
- G. R. S. Mead, author and member of the Theosophical Society
- Peter Rogers, film producer
- Simon Shackleton, musician from Lunatic Calm
- John Storrs, Dean of Rochester
- Pete Tong, BBC Radio 1 disc jockey
- Sir Cecil Wakeley, 1st Baronet, surgeon
- Matthew Walker, professional cricketer
- Martin Warner, Bishop of Chichester
- Sir Michael Wilkes, Adjutant-General to the Forces
- Douglas Wilson, Bishop of Trinidad
|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)||1986–2012||25 years|
|Jeremy Walker (MA)||2012 to date||2 years|
- "King's School Rochester: History". 28 September 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2011.
- Page, Anne. "Rochester, King’s School". Of Choristers – ancient and modern. Retrieved 19 October 2012.
- Note that Mr Jeremy Walker took over as Principal from Dr Ian Walker in 2012, the same surnames have caused confusion.
- King's Rochester: Pre-prep Pastoral Care
- "Dinsdale Landen". The Independent (London). 31 December 2003.
- "Matt Walker player profile". Cricinfo. Retrieved 23 November 2007.