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Dover College, Kent

School Details
School Crest
Effingham Crescent,
United Kingdom,
CT17 9RH

Tel: +44 1304 205969
Fax: +44 1304 242208

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Mr Gareth Doodes

Admissions Co-ordinator:
Vassie Henderson

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
All denominations welcome, Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
3 - 18
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Age 3-11 is for day only while 11-18 is for day and boarding, Please apply to school, References, Entry test or exam, Interview, This is a non-selective school, Report from previous school, Common Entrance

Scholarships & Bursaries:

6th Form, Sport, Means tested scholarships, Drama, All-rounder, Siblings, Music, Art, Senior school entry, Choral, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Academic, Other bursaries

What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Economics
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • French
  • Spanish
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • English
  • Athletics
  • Fitness training
  • Golf
  • Fencing
  • Rugby
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Cross-country
  • Cricket
  • Badminton
  • Rounders
  • Tennis
  • Netball
  • Water sports
  • Basketball
  • Swimming
  • Rowing
  • Dance
  • Adventure training
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Chess
  • Orienteering
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Drama productions
  • Young Enterprise
  • Sailing
  • Horse riding and management
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • After school club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Vegetarian
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
Head PhotoDover College is a small dynamic school, where all pupils are given the opportunity to fulfil their potential within a happy and caring environment. Pupils benefit enormously from small classes, the excellent teaching they receive and from the breadth of education on offer.

Founded in 1871, Dover College occupies a beautiful twelfth century Priory site. The College Close with its medieval and modern buildings creates an attractive enclosed haven of tranquillity and learning. Pupils still use the original 12th Century Refectory and Chapel.

Great importance is placed upon literacy, numeracy, information technology and key skills. Music, art and drama are an integral part of the curriculum and all pupils participate in a variety of sports. Class size up to GCSE are generally between 15-20 and at A level 10-15.

Pupils in the sixth form are able to choose AS and A levels from a list of 21 subjects. Btec Business Studies, Leisure and Tourism and Physical Education are also available. The School works in close liaison with a Kent Careers' Services, to deliver a careers' education and guidance programme, enabling pupils to make informed career plans before attending the universities of their choice.

On site are tennis courts, a modern sports hall, an astro-turf facility and a new music school. The School's playing fields are a short distance away. Swimming takes place at the local indoor swimming pool. Golf, sailing and riding are offered locally.

All pupils benefit from a carefully designed system of pastoral care. Each pupil belongs to a House and Boarders are provided with good quality accommodation in one of four boarding houses. A Housemaster/mistress, supported by a team of tutors, runs each House. It is their role to give pastoral support as well as supervising their academic progress.

The School's International Study Centre provides intensive English courses for pupils whose first language is not English. These courses vary in length and the aim is to enable all pupils to integrate fully into the life of Dover College as soon as possible after their arrival.

The Individual Needs department looks after those pupils who need a little extra academic support and guidance and does cater for some cases of dyslexia.

Dover College is the closest school to continental Europe, with easy access via the Eurotunnel. Dover Priory Station and good road links are within easy reach of the school making London an hour away and the major airports very accessible.
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