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The Thomas Aveling School is a very successful non-selective mixed school; we are a happy school, a school for all abilities and a school for the local community of Rochester.

We create a culture of high expectations and success for all students and staff.  This is grounded in a supportive ethos where each student is treated as an individual, with their needs and ambitions supported by a great pastoral and children’s team.  A student’s well-being is of equal importance to their academic progress, the support we offer is outstanding.

As well as supporting students of all abilities to make fantastic academic progress, Thomas Aveling provides an excellent all round education valuing Music, Drama, Sport and the Arts highly with exceptional facilities – we regard these subjects as providing the soul of the school and give students additional opportunities to excel.  The standard of teaching at the school ensures strong progress is seen in the core subjects of English, Maths and Science without affecting the time given to creative and practical subjects - students enjoy the full breadth of experiences.

As a previously designated Training School, we take staff development very seriously.  We are a leading and founding member of Kent and Medway Teacher Training.  We lead the Medway Valley Partnership of training schools, and over 15 teachers are trained every year at Thomas Aveling, many of whom are then employed within Thomas Aveling or the wider Trust.

Everything we do as a school is grounded in our 5 Student Virtues – the characteristics we want to develop in all our students – Ambition, Resilience, Respect, Pride and Creativity.  Students are given a massive range of opportunities in and out of the classroom to develop these virtues.

Our website can only ever give you a flavour of what Thomas Aveling has to offer, please do come, and visit us at one of our Open Events to meet our fantastic students and amazing and dedicated staff.

Paul Jackson - Headteacher


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Year 9 Parents' Evening
Thursday 7th December: 4-7pm

Music Concert

Thursday 14th December:  5.30pm

Sixth Form Parents' Evening

Thursday 18th January: 4-7pm

Year 8 Parents' Evening
Thursday 1st February: 4-7pm

Year 10 Work Experience 

Monday 5th February - All week

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