A Prestigious Day & Boarding School in UK – Dover College
Dover College is located on the grounds of the 12th Century Benedictine Priory, in Dover, Southeast England. The school is located about 2 hours from Heathrow Airport and 90 minutes from Gatwick and Stansted Airports. London is just an hour train ride while Dover Port is just two minutes away by road.
Founded in 1871 by a group of local businessmen, heralded by the Mayor of Dover, Dr. Astley, Dover College is a co-educational independent day and boarding school for pupils between the age of 3 and 18. The school offers a friendly learning environment in a vibrant community that accommodates both local and international students.
With less than 400 pupils, Dover College offers a family atmosphere, where everyone is well-known, and supportive of each other. With a maximum of 15 pupils per class the teachers deliver creative teaching by encouraging autonomous and critical thinking to achieve excellent results. The school environment oozes warmth and positivity to encourage the pupils to think differently and succeed in not only their academics endeavours, but also to find their talents in other areas. Pupils indulge in a wide range of sports and activities to promote teamwork, leadership and self-belief.
Dover College has numerous small tutor groups for its pupils (two for the girls and two for the boys), whether boarding or day. The pupils are cared for by housemistress, housemaster, and tutors, who play a vital role in ensuring that pastoral care is provided. Dover College is non-selective as we strongly believe that children develop at different rates. Prospective pupils are assessed by previous school reports, a handwritten personal statement and an interview. The pupils favourably compete in A-levels and GCSEs with excellent grades commensurate with competitor independent schools.
• Building strength, consistency, thoroughness, and warmth in its pastoral care.
• Independence, Open-mindedness & Teamwork
• The watchword – Think Differently.
• Innovation and Confidence
The pupils are taught to achieve unprecedented results in their GSCE and A level examinations in a diverse and cosmopolitan environment that preaches mutual respect and integration. The small class sizes and well-qualified teachers offer an individualized and bespoke academic programme.
A Busy Co-Curriculum
• Art and Design Technology: Involves stimulating projects, fashion show, up-cycling and a photographic competition.
• Music and Drama: Inter-House Music Competition, Chapel Choir, opportunities to perform in plays, concerts, recitals and house competitions.
• Activities beyond the classroom: canoeing, horse-riding; fundraising for charity, setting up their own business; from overseas trips to theatre trips, entrepreneurial ventures.
• Sport: hockey, netball, tennis, a fitness suite, squash court, four outdoor cricket nets, lawn tennis courts and a dance studio.
A Creative Curriculum
The Senior School Creative Curriculum covers mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical, aesthetic, linguistic, creative and cultural education. The college operates a 3-18 approach to learning.
Early Years: Ages 3 to 5
The Early Years affords children the privilege to be involved in specialist and exceptional teaching through music lessons, bespoke P.E, and other activities. The pupils share the Great Hall daily with the rest of the students in the Junior School to support family cohesion and model behaviour.
Junior School: Ages 5 to 11
The pupil is taught best when their minds are free and able to think far beyond what their books tell them. The classes are small to allow individual growth and are taught by qualified teachers. From Year 4, the individual subject teachers make use of the state of the art facilities to make learning easy and fun.
Junior School Co-Curriculum
• Art: The pupils are encouraged to explore and work on their creativity through different stimulating projects. Basic techniques are taught in a wide range of processes and materials to ensure that art forms an important topic throughout the junior school curriculum.
• Drama: The pupils use drama for special productions for Early Years and Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.
• Activities: The college offers a broad range of activities that are held after school like football, netball, rounders, basketball, tennis, rugby, hockey, cricket, dodgeball, gymnastics
Extra Curriculum Activities:
Sports activities include basketball, tennis, rugby, hockey, cricket, dodgeball, gymnastics, football, netball, rounders and sailing
£10,000 (9-13 years per term) / £8,000 (7-8 years per term)
Senior Day Tuition
£4,150 - £5,200 per term
Junior Day Tuition
£2,500 - £3,450 per term
Academic / Music / Performing Arts / Sports / ADT
A-Level pass rate
95% pass rate, 73% A* - C
GCSE pass rate
83.3% pass rate, 83.3% A* - C
85% in 2017
Russell group entrance
50 - 60%
All pupils who applied to university in 2017 were given a place
Teacher - student ratio
Average class size
ESL / EAL / GCSE / A-Level
Dance / Film Club / Duke of Edinburgh's Award / Debating society / Chess / Table tennis / Basketball / Horse-riding / Tennis / Swimming / Sailing / Music / Art / Theatre / Football / Hockey / Rugby / Cricket / Netball / Cricket / Badminton / Athletics / Choirs / Drama / Young Enterprise / Coding / Charity & Fundraising / Fives / Zumba / Science club
Language courses offered
Latin (on request at extra charge) / French / ESL / EAL / Mandarin / Spanish
Age of entry
Age of entry to boarding houses
UCAS Preparation / Yes - Oxbridge
Senior School Counselling