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Good range of subjects offered in sixth form. The introduction of BTECs in sport and PE, travel and tourism and health and social care has meant that more are staying on for sixth form. ‘A lot of the pupils are not that academic but the school brings out the best in them’, said a parent. The emphasis on building confidence produces comfortable well-adjusted children who are happy to strike up a conversation with anyone, but without a hint of arrogance. Life is full on here and as one pupil said.

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What the school says...

The school is dynamic and small enough to provide a disciplined and caring environment, with small class sizes giving pupils the opportunity to fulfil their potential within a friendly community. Most pupils achieve more than their potential suggests on entry.
'Dover College believes in developing confidence and individual talents'.

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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Gareth Doodes, previously (briefly) head of George Heriot's School in Edinburgh, and before that head of Milton Abbey School in Dorset. Read history at St Andrews; PGCE from Cambridge; worked at Taunton school then at Oakham for seven years, two as master of scholars and five as a housemaster, before joining Milton Abbey.

Academic matters

One class per year group in the junior school and class sizes limited by the size of the classrooms – usually 10 to 12 but up to 16 at key stage 2. Non-selective so a wide range of abilities. Spanish taught from year 1 and French from year 3. Pupils take annual NFER tests in maths and English, with CATs (cognitive ability tests) from year 4. Optional Sats from year 2 onwards.

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Special Education Needs

Dover College has an Individual Needs department, fully staffed by trained professionals, which provides one-to-one withdrawal lessons for pupils with not only specific needs (eg dyslexia) but also those who need a little extra support for self-esteem, organisational difficulties, etc. We are accredited by CReSTeD. We also have a fully staffed international study centre (ISC) which offers small class tuition for overseas pupils entering the school. Pupils in the ISC participate fully in mainstream lessons when they are competent English users, and are always full members of the school for all other activities.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia Y
Dyslexia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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