Ofsted Report published Jan 2019 (PDF)


Ofsted Progress Monitoring Report published Sep 2019 (pdf)


Ofsted Reports

Following Ofsted's visit in November 2018, City of Rochester School (then named Magic Arc School) received an Inadequate judgement. Headteacher Alicja Emmett has since joined the school and has, with colleagues, been working through a new Action Plan: re-structuring the school, re-staffing, upgrading facilities, reviewing policies & procedures and preparing a new curriculum. All of these improvements have and will give every pupil better outcomes on their educational journey. 


City of Rochester School had an unannounced Ofsted visit on Tuesday 24th September. This was a one day monitoring inspection to check progress against the Independent School Standards and against the recommendations made at the last inspection. 

"I am very pleased to advise you that we have passed this monitoring inspection and that all of the Independent School Standards have been met. 

This is a major step forward for City of Rochester School, for our pupils, parents/carers, staff, Trustees and wider stakeholders. Ofsted have recognised the significant progress that we have made and this monitoring inspection report is a strong platform from which we can build and move forward. 

I would like to take this opportunity to emphasise once again that the school works in partnership with all stakeholders including parents and carers and that our children’s progress, socially and educationally is of paramount importance to us. I would like to thank you, as always for your continued support."

Alicja Emmett - Head teacher

Please click on the button below to visit the City of Rochester School reports section of the Ofsted website, or download a PDF version from the buttons at the start of this section.

Complaints for Academic Year September 2018 to August 2019

The City of Rochester School defines a complaint as any matter about which a parent of a pupil is unhappy and seeks action by the school. A complaint is likely to arise when there are issues of physical or emotional wellbeing and security at stake, or when the school's stated aims or values are being ignored. A breach of the law will always constitute a complaint.

City of Rochester School aims to be a listening and responsive school. We encourage pupils, parents and staff to inform us of their concerns while they are still minor ones which can more easily be resolved. City of Rochester School takes seriously complaints and concerns as they arise. City of Rochester School gives careful consideration to all complaints and will deal with them as swiftly as possible. We aim to resolve any complaint through dialogue and mutual understanding and in all cases, we put the interests of the child above all other issues. We provide sufficient opportunity for any complaint to be fully discussed and then resolved. Throughout the process, City of Rochester School will be willing to: listen, learn, admit mistakes, apologise if appropriate, address any issues raised and change practices and procedures if appropriate.

In the academic year from September 2018 to August 2019 there were two complaints registered with the school.

In the academic year from September 2019 to the current day there have been no complaints registered with the school.

If you feel you wish to raise a complaint the process of how to raise your concerns and the process is covered within the City of Rochester School Compalints Procedure for Parents which can be found below or within the Policies section of the website.


1. CoR Complaints Procedure - July 2019 (pdf)