Rochester's strong educational tradition stretches back to the seventh century. The private King’s School (which is co-ed, ages three to 18) is the second oldest school in the world (after The King's School, down the road in Canterbury), and also the oldest choir school.
There are three local state grammar schools all of which are rated “outstanding” by Ofsted:
* Fort Pitt (girls, ages 11 to 18) in Fort Pitt Road just over the border in Chatham;
* Rochester Grammar (girls, ages 11 to 18, with boys in the sixth form); and
* Sir Joseph William’s Mathematical (boys ages 11 to 18, with girls in the sixth form) – known locally as The Maths – in Maidstone Road.
Other private schools in Rochester:
* St Andrew’s School (co-ed, ages three to 11) in Watts Avenue;
* Rochester Independent College (co-ed ages 11 to 18) in Star Hill which specialises in GCSE and A Level resits; and
* The Cedars (ages, three to 16) in Maidstone Road, a small Christian school.
Rochester has no primary schools judged “outstanding” by Ofsted but the following are judged “good”: St Peter’s in Holcombe Road; Delce Infants and Delce Juniors in Fleet Road and The Tideway; The Pilgrim School in Warwick Crescent; and Balfour Infants and Balfour Juniors in Pattens Lane and Balfour Road.