Dover College

Dover College based in Kent is an independent co-educational day and boarding school for children aged 3 to 18 years of age. We offer a vibrant national and international community and are committed to academic excellence and providing a holistic education.

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    Dover College

    Choosing a school for our children is one of the most important decisions we make. I hope this information 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.

    Category: Nursery, Pre-Preparatory, Preparatory, Senior, Sixth Form

    Pupils: Co-Education

    Type: Boarding and Day

    Religious Affiliation: Church of England

    Age Range: 3-18 Years

    Founded: 1871

    Location Description

    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.

    School Contact Details

    Headteacher: Mr Simon Fisher

    Contact for enquiries:Alison Wilson, Director of Admissions & Marketing

    Effingham Crescent, Dover, Kent, CT17 9RH

    Tel: 01304 244522



    The College sits in idyllic surroundings in the grounds of a 12th Century Benedictine Priory. Meals are eaten in the original Priory Refectory.

    We have extensive facilities for art, music and drama, and encourage our pupils to find their talents and build confidence with our co-curricular provision.

    Sporting facilities include Astro pitches, cricket pitches and nets, rugby and football pitches, tennis, netball, basketball and Eton Fives courts. We also have a fitness suite and dance studio.

    2021 will be the 150th anniversary of Dover College and to celebrate this we are undergoing a programme of redevelopment called Project 150. This includes recent enhancements to our curriculum, refurbishment of our buildings, upgraded sports facilities and plans for a new state-of-the-art theatre. Further information can be found on our website:


    Scholarships are awarded to new and existing Dover College pupils at 11+, 13+ and 16+ levels in the following categories: Academic (11+, 13+, 16+), Art / Design Technology (13+, 16+), Drama (13+, 16+), Music (11+, 13+, 16+) and Sports (11+, 13+, 16+). Some bursaries are available, please contact the school for details.



    Day Fees (to include lunch). Muddy Knees Nursery and Pre-Prep (Age 3+, 4+): £3,075 (KCC early Years Grant available for eligible pupils). Prep 1 – Prep 6: £3290 – £4,100. Shell – Upper Sixth: £4,875 – £5,950. All per term.

    Weekly Boarding. Shell – Upper Sixth: £8,500 – £10,050 per term.

    Full Boarding. Shell – Upper Sixth: £10,945 – £12,250 per term.

    Dover College has a long history of welcoming Forces Families. Should you be entitled to the Continuation of Education Allowance, Dover College’s bursarial system tops up your allowance so that you only need to pay 10% of our full boarding fees,

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