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The school slogan is ‘think differently’, and from juniors up to GCSEs, teaching is delivered via themes eg ‘coffee, tea and chocolate’; ‘war and peace’ or ‘two thousand years ago’. What children learn across the subjects is therefore inter-connected, and they’re encouraged to debate and discuss. ‘The key thing in a school is creativity,’ says head, himself a devotee of all things artistic, ‘and I want to re-establish creativity at the heart of the curriculum.’ Regular productions – we looked in on an animated rehearsal of Scrooge...

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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'.

What the parents say...

Since the arrival of the latest Headmaster there has been a massive push on standards and achievement. The children are worked hard but there is a strong pastoral and support network. The teaching standard is excellent and the teachers are extremely supportive and class sizes small. My son is now a 6th form day pupil and joined for his GCSEs. He is neither academic nor sporty but he is a worker. He has felt very supported and encouraged in this environment and has thrived. He now even enjoys cross country running!. The Headmaster is very personable and approachable. He is extremely ambitious for the school and this is reflected throughout.

Commented on 15th Dec 2017

I have children in both the senior and junior schools and have been very happy with their progress and development so far. Classes are small and a family atmosphere pervades the campus. Children and encouraged to challenge themselves and supported well in doing so. It's a hidden gem, have a look!

Commented on 15th Dec 2017

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.

International Study Centre - school has a linked, international study centre for overseas students wishing to improve their English.

What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Gareth Doodes MA. Educated at Eastbourne College, where he boarded in sixth form, then St Andrew’s (history) and Cambridge (PGCE). Taught history at Taunton School, followed by a stint as housemaster at Oakham. Joined Milton Abbey School as deputy head, but after six months (and aged only 32) was offered the top job, a role he filled for five years. Then briefly principal at George Heriot’s School in Edinburgh, but realised he preferred to be back in Blighty and accepted the headship at Dover College, whose governors fell on his neck with cries of joy after what had been a challenging few years. Married to Jess, who works in the school’s marketing department. They have a young son and daughter, both at the school.

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Independent schools frequently offer IGCSEs or other qualifications alongside or as an alternative to GCSE. The DfE does not record performance data for these exams so independent school GCSE data is frequently misleading; parents should check the results with the schools.

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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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