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Dover College

Effingham Crescent, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom CT17 9RH

Age Range & Fees

Age Range3 to 18
Annual Day Fees£8985 to £117400
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£24750 to £29250
Annual Full Boarding Fees£28500 to £35985

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
107Day101
55Full Board24
3Weekly3
165Total128

Number of Staff

Full-time: 40
Part-time: 8

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Mr Simon Fisher


Choosing a school for our children is one of the most important decisions we make. I hope these pages will give you an insight into this happy and successful school community.

Small is beautiful! The values of the family run through Dover College. Our class sizes allow us to nurture confidence, encourage inquisitiveness and celebrate individuality.

We are academically ambitious. We take the time to really get to know each child so that the right balance of challenge and support is in place based on their needs. This is a school which recognises that success is as unique as the individual and celebrates achievement where it represents the personal best for the child.

We like to think differently. Our distinctive curriculum, connecting Early Years right through to Sixth Form, focusses not only on achieving excellent results but also developing inquisitive and creative minds ready for the challenges ahead. We are a member of the Round Square organisation, a group of 150 worldwide schools, and share their commitment to an all-round education. We prize their core values of internationalism, democracy, care for the environment, adventure, leadership and service. We encourage all pupils to participate in sport, music and drama, recognising the way these areas promote leadership, teamwork and self-belief.

We are international and local. We welcome pupils from across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, encouraging everyone to be inclusive, unprejudiced, cosmopolitan and outward looking.

We prepare pupils for life after Dover College, and have a strong Alumni and Old Dovorian network. Our university and careers advice is exceptional and we have close links with higher education establishments around the world.

In 2019 we were shortlisted for the TES Awards for our Senior Leadership Team, our Curriculum, our Marketing and as Boarding School of the Year. We're also very proud of our Good Schools Guide review.

Dover College turns 150 next year! This important anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate a century and a half of successful education, during which time nearly five and a half thousand pupils have been educated at the College, as well as reflect on how we will continue to develop into the future. Our development plan, Project 150, is seeing major investment in our sport, music and drama facilities.

Please do come and visit! We are two minutes by road from Dover port, an hour by train from London, and just over an hour and a half by road from Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports. My team and I can promise you a very warm welcome.
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What we offer

  • Business studies
  • Critical thinking
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • German
  • Mandarin
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water sports
  • Adventure training
  • Beavers/Cubs/Scouts
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Horse riding and management
  • Orienteering
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Percussion
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Vegetarian
  • Hearing
  • Dyslexia

Method of Entry

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

Scholarships & Bursaries

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

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • AGBIS
  • AMDIS
  • BSA
  • ISC
  • Round Square
  • SHMIS

Religious Affliations:

  • All denominations welcome
  • Church of England


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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