About Us

Gad’s Hill School is set in the expansive and beautiful grounds of the former family home of Charles Dickens, in the village of Higham, just on the outskirts of Rochester, Kent.

Our independent day school is a wonderfully happy and vibrant school, educating girls and boys aged 3-16 years in the Kindergarten, Junior and Senior Schools boasting modern facilities, while retaining its famous literary heritage and many of the traditions established since its foundation in 1924.

The new part of the School, including theatre, refectory and sports hall, was built in 2013 and sits aside the 18th century.

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 Hill enjoys the reputation of receiving excellent GCSE results year-on-year.

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 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.