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  • Astor College (A Specialist College for the Arts)
    Astor Avenue
    Dover
    Kent
    CT17 0AS
  • Head: Mr Christopher J Russell Ba (Hons) Pgce Npqh
  • T 01304 201151
  • F 01304 225170
  • E [email protected]
  • W www.astor-college.co.uk
  • A state school for boys and girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 899
  • Religion: Does not apply
  • Open days: Please contact us to arrange a visit.
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Requires improvement 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Good 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Requires improvement 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Requires improvement 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Requires improvement 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Requires improvement 1
    • 1 Full inspection 20th September 2017
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Requires improvement on 27th March 2015
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What the school says...

'Astor College is a good school with a good Sixth Form and many features are now outstanding. Ofsted.

We are a friendly, caring and successful College, that strives to enable all of our students to achieve their very best. We: provide a safe, caring and friendly environment, where all students can take pride in their work and be valued as individuals; promote real opportunities and experiences for students to find enjoyment and pleasure in their learning; encourage good relationships, respect for others and the importance of good manners; champion academic excellence and work to ensure all students have the opportunity to follow the most appropriate qualification for them as individuals.

We endeavour to provide our students with the skills to become well rounded adults, who are able to make valuable and worthwhile contributions to society and play a positive role in their own families, work and at leisure.

Astor College is an integral member of The Dover Federation for the Arts Multi Academy Trust. An exciting and vibrant community, whose combined expertise and resources offer the very best opportunities and experiences for our young people. We know that our students will only fulfil their potential in an environment where they are happy, motivated and inspired to achieve.

Our students happiness is of paramount importance. At Astor, we place great emphasis on the smooth transition from primary to secondary school and have strong links with primary schools enabling us to welcome Year 7 to our cimmunity. We are proud of our whole College community spirit and value its influence on the emotional wellbeing of our students. Our strong pastoral support highlights our commitment to our students as individuals, with each child having a dedicated team of professionals who work alongside them throughout their time with us. These include Personal Tutors, Attendance officer support, Director of Year, Directors of Departments, Pastoral Manager and a full time First Aider. Ofsted reported, 'The outstanding care, guidance and support provided contribute significantly to students' confidence, self-esteem and good behaviour.'

Mr Ed Pallant - Principal
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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Excellent performance by Boys taking English Literature at an English Comprehensive School (GCE AS level)
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Interpreting catchment maps

The maps show in colour where the pupils at a school came from*. Red = most pupils to Blue = fewest.

Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

For help and explanation of our catchment maps see: Catchment maps explained

Further reading

If there are more applicants to a school than it has places for, who gets in is determined by which applicants best fulfil the admissions criteria.

Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

The 'hotter' the colour the more children have been admitted.

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