DOYRMS offers weekly boarding for first time in 200 years
The Duke of Yorks Royal Military School in Dover, Kent, is introducing weekly boarding for the first time in its 200-year history in response to demand from parents.
Weekly boarding is available from September 2015 with applications beginning now for 11 to 18-year-old GCSE and A-level students. Parents can also book places at the schools open day on 10 October 2015.
The school, founded in 1803 as an orphanage for children of soldiers and sailors killed in the Napoleonic Wars, was one of the UKs leading independent military boarding schools for the children of service personnel before joining the state education system as an academy in 2010 and opening its doors to all.
Chris Russell, Executive Principal of the school, said: We have always been a popular choice for service families posted around the world. Since we became an academy, we have also attracted a large number of parents in the UK who are not involved in the armed services but value the schools academic success, traditions and military ethos.
We recognise that some parents may wish their children to be involved in family life, special occasions and outings at weekends. Now, with parental permission, our students can opt to go home after Saturday morning lessons. Of course, if they choose to stay in school, weekends continue to be full of interesting and fulfilling activities for all.
Students enjoy ceremonial parades, a combined cadet force and a variety of sports and activities. Set in 150 acres of attractive countryside, the school has completed a 24.9 million building and refurbishment programme, including a new sports hall, recently opened by rugby legend Bill Beaumont, a drama studio, teaching blocks and sixth form boarding accommodation.
The school was recently rated Good in all categories by Ofsted and GCSE results are significantly above the national average.
The Duke of Yorks Royal Military Schools academy status means parents only pay fees for boarding while the cost of education is state funded.
To book a place at the next school open day or to arrange a personal tour, parents can call the registrar on 01304 245073 or visit www.doyrms.com.Published: April 17 2015