About Us

One of the most precious gifts you can give your child is a good education. What better way is there of knowing that your child is getting a good start in life than the reassurance that they are learning in a school whose priorities are to ensure that your child is safe, happy and able to flourish? This is what Gad’s Hill School offers.

Our school is a wonderfully happy, vibrant, forward looking community. Located in the small, semi-rural village of Higham, between Rochester and Gravesend on the North Kent coast, we provide independent day school for boys and girls aged 3-16.

Set in the grounds of the former Georgian home of world-renowned author Charles Dickens, overlooking the countryside and just 22 minutes by train from London, the school enjoys a superb setting for the nurturing of young minds and development and growth of our pupils.

Higham is an area that is rich in culture and history and enjoys a spectacular setting between the North Downs, the Medway Towns and River Thames. Cathedrals, castles, beaches and cities and historic towns such as Rochester with its Cathedral and Norman Castle and Chatham with its ancient Royal Dockyard are on our doorstep, and we make the most of our surroundings to enrich the educational experience of all our pupils.

Childhood is celebrated every day at Gad’s Hill School and high academic expectations, together with outstanding pastoral care and exceptional drama, music and sports facilities and provision, make the school a wonderful place to be educated.

Academically, Gad’s enjoys the reputation of receiving excellent GCSE results year-on-year, with the school being named as the country’s top independent school early in 2011 by the BBC, The Times and in the Government’s School League Tables, as well as eighth best school overall when including state schools.

We believe our success is largely down to the fact that we are a small school. We aim to restrict our class sizes to 20 children, therefore our pupils benefit by learning in a friendlier more comfortable environment and are taught by teachers who know each child as an individual and can tailor their learning accordingly.

We are different from other schools and are rightly proud of this. We stand for traditional values, self-respect and have a strong sense of friendship, family and community spirit.

Our parents, who come from all walks of life, believe in and support the school by sharing and committing to our values.

Gad’s Hill School is a caring, compassionate and self-disciplined environment which will encourage your child to give their best. There is, however, no substitute for seeing it for yourself and we warmly invite you to pay us a visit. You will not be disappointed.

David Craggs, Headmaster.