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Dover College

Effingham Crescent, Dover, Kent, England CT17 9RH
Tel: +44 (0) 1304 205 969

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 3 - 18 Years Day & Boarding (Full, Weekly)

We encourage the philosophy of the Round Square organisation, Internationalism, Democracy, Environmental, Activity, Leadership. Personal bests matter and look different for each and every child.

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Word From The Head

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Simon Fisher

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

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. You can read more here about how that approach is paying off in our public examination results.

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 turned 150 in 2022! This important anniversary was 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.

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.

Mr Simon Fisher

What We Offer

  • A Level - Advanced Level Examinations
  • BTEC - Business and Technology Education Council
  • GCSE - General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • IELTS - International English Language Testing
  • IGCSE - International General Certificate of Secondary Education
  • LAMDA - London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art
  • SATs (UK) - Standard Assessment Tests
  • Business studies
  • Critical Thinking
  • Design Technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • ICT
  • Media/Film studies
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • Psychology
  • Chinese - Mandarin
  • English
  • English As Foreign/2nd Language
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-Country
  • Fencing
  • Fitness Training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Hockey
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Water Sports
  • Adventure Training
  • Beavers
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • Horse Riding & Management
  • Orienteering
  • Public Speaking
  • Rowing
  • Sailing
  • Skiing
  • Young Enterprise
  • Hearing Impairment (HI)
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • After School Club
  • Armed Forces Children
  • Before School Club
  • Diplomatic Children
  • Expatriate Children
  • Gifted Children
  • International Students
  • Rail Services
  • School Bus Service
  • Special Diets


  • Common Entrance
  • Entry test or exam
  • Interview
  • Report from previous school
  • References
  • Academic
  • All-rounder
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Art
  • Bursaries
  • Choral
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Siblings
  • Sixth Form
  • Sport
  • All denominations welcome
  • Church of England
  • English

    Age Range & Fees

    Age Range3 to 18
    Annual Day Fees *£11037 to £19677
    Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£25500 to £30150
    Annual Full Boarding Fees *£32835 to £36750
    * Currency: GB Pound

    Number Of Pupils

    34Full Boarding21
    6Weekly Boarding3
    Boys Girls

    Number Of Staff

    Full-time: 40
    Part-time: 8

    % Pupils Gaining
    GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

    % Pupils Gaining
    A Level Grades A – C

    % Pupils Going
    To University

    School Reviews


    Pupils development is excellent throughout the school, fully meeting its aims of developing confidence by educating the whole person.  


    It's spacious because it's nicely spread around The Close. And it's nice that you have all the Houses and Refectory around The Close. The academic side is on another side of the School so in the evening, if you are a boarder, it feels more like your home." Year 10 International pupil "The one...  

    Mr Lynch, current parent

    Dover College brings the best out of its pupils. My two children have settled in amazingly quickly and gained confidence in leaps and bounds since September. Money well spent!  

    Dr and Mrs Fairclough, former parents from Folkestone.

    You made him feel very much at home. We can say with pride and honesty that Ben has thoroughly enjoyed his time with you and you have pushed him on to achieve some excellent 11-plus results. But much more than that, you have given him the confidence to try new things and instilled in him an...