Dover College


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  • Category: Nursery / Pre-Preparatory / Preparatory / Senior / Sixth Form
  • Pupils: Co-Education
  • Type: Day & Boarding
  • Religious Affiliation: Church of England
  • Roll: 162 (Boys) 118 (Girls)
  • Age Range: 3 - 18 years
  • Founded: 1871

General Information

At Dover College we believe wholeheartedly in developing confidence in young men and women giving them opportunities which they perhaps would have never experienced and encouraging them to exceed their own expectations.  We’re proud of being a family school where pupils are known individually. Our community spirit is central to this; we have a large number of families who live on site and their warmth of welcome and inclusivity encourages a home from home for boarders and day pupils alike.


Our class sizes help.

With a maximum of 15 pupils per class, teachers think differently delivering creative teaching which encourages independent and critical thinking, achieving exceptional results. Our academic programme is bespoke, individualised as much as possible at GCSE and the diverse and extensive post-16 curriculum includes both A-levels and BTECs.

Our school size helps.

Everyone at the College is well known and nobody is left out. We support each other in an environment that feels more like a family than a school. We eat together, pray together and stay together.

Our creative curriculum helps.

The Dover College Curriculum priorities are to engage and enthuse children in the learning process. We seek to foster in a child’s curiosity and a real enjoyment of lifelong learning. We achieve this with a broad and balanced curriculum delivered in a structured yet creative way, which provides a seamless transition from Junior School to Senior School.

Our community helps.

Welcoming pupils from across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas teaches everyone to think differently, to be inclusive, unprejudiced, cosmopolitan and outward-looking.

Our activities programme helps.

Our sports and activities promote leadership, teamwork and self-belief. We use our proximity to the sea for sailing and arrange international sports tours.

Our support for life after Dover College helps.

Our University and careers advice is second to none, and we have close links with higher education establishments around the world.

Our location helps.

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. We want our pupils to think differently, to discover their talents, to develop confidence and to realise their dreams. Only in an environment where children feel cared for and valued will this happen.

Isn’t it time to think differently?


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.

Open Days

All visits are welcome, please contact the school.



Day Fees (to include lunch). Pre-Reception and Reception (Age 3+, 4+): £2500 (KCC early Years Grant available for eligible pupils). Year 1 - Year 6: £2800 - £3450. Year 7 - Year 13: £4150 - £5200. All per term.

Weekly Boarding. Year 7 - Year 13: £6750 - £8000 per term.

Full Boarding. Year 7 - Year 13: £8000 - £10,000 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,


ISI Inspection 2017

School Contact Details

Headteacher: Mr Gareth Doodes

Contact for enquiries: Alison Wilson, Registrar

Dover College
Effingham Crescent
CT17 9RH

[t]: 01304 244522

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.

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School News

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James Tredwell, England International and Kent cricketer has opened the newly renovated strength and conditioning suite at Dover College.
The suite – which features state-of-the-art functional

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fitness equipment – was renovated with the help of monies raised by the Friends of Dover, a charitable organisation which exists to further the education of pupils of Dover College.
The suite will be used by all children in the school but particularly those pupils who are part of the school’s sports teams or studying BTEC Sport as part of the College’s academic programme. Looking to the future, all Key Stage 3 pupils are already undergoing an 8 week block of functional circuit training in their PE lessons. This will start to equip them with the skills and knowledge to train safely and effectively on a more independent basis as they move up into their senior years.
Tom Butt is Dover College’s Director of Sports. He says: “Through regular sessions in this new facility, we are teaching our pupils to understand the importance of proper strength and conditioning and the part it plays in their overall sporting and athletic performance. To have James visit Dover College and officially open the suite was a highlight for our pupils and reiterates that sport provision sits high on the Dover College agenda.”

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Dover College today saw its GCSE results improve on last year’s figures with a rise in the top grades, an increase in pupils receiving five

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passes or more and an increase in the number of points per candidate.

Measuring the GCSE pupils on their potential two years ago and projected results, the average grades they achieved today were nearly one grade higher across all subjects, demonstrating the results that can be achieved by a school that has as its key strengths small class sizes and a personal approach to teaching and learning.

Once again the school produced some quite exceptional results in a number of key subjects. Of the pupils entered for French or Spanish, 50% achieved an A* and no pupils received a result lower than a B grade, with 80% achieving an A* in French. There were similar excellent results of note in Maths and English.

Gareth Doodes, Dover College’s Headmaster, explained:

“At a time when nationally pupils are achieving lower top level grades we are bucking the national trend and demonstrating that our school is delivering some excellent results, enabling pupils to achieve better grades than they would have done elsewhere. Combined with the excellent A Level grades from last week, it is clear that academic results at the College are on an upward curve, which is matched by the ever growing interest in the College and the increase of our pupil numbers in the Senior School.”

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Dover College today celebrated some of the best results on the Kent coast with 44% of all A Level/BTEC results at a four year high

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of an A* or A grade. Over half of all grades were above a B, equating to an impressive average UCAS candidate points per entry total of 93 which is higher than local selective grammar schools on previous year’s results.

The value added through small class sizes and a caring individually focused approach was clearly evident across all departments with 77% of all A Level/BTEC subjects offered by the school recording no grade less than a C. Art, Textiles and Health & Social Care BTEC achieved nothing less than an A grade. Not to be outdone, out of a total of six modern language subjects on offer, including French and Spanish, 63% of all grades received were either an A* or an A.

Gareth Doodes, Dover College’s Headmaster said proudly:

“I am delighted by our excellent A Level and BTEC results. They are a testament to all the hard work of our pupils, staff and parents. In what is an extremely exciting time for the College with the launch of our Project 150 development plans, these results represent a strong platform on which to grow and consolidate.”

“Our leaving pupils can now proceed with confidence to university. They leave the College having had the benefit of small class sizes, creative teaching and high academic standards within a caring, family community.”

A Level/BTEC Results 2016:

A*/A 44%

A*-B 51%

A*-C 83%

UCAS Points per Entry 93

UCAS Points per Candidate 347

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