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Dover College in Dover, Kent, England is a co-educational independent boarding school for boys and girls aged 11 to 18 years old. Dover College is also a day school for pupils aged 3 to 18. Dover college is a private boarding school with four main sections:

Early Years (ages 3-5)

Infant and Junior School (ages 5 11)

Senior School (ages 11 to 16)

Sixth Form (ages 16 to 18)

 The Top UK boarding school wants to ensure pupils with a demanding and yet flexible academic curriculum which will challenge pupils with a great deal of various academic aspects and will be profitable for them while leaving the school. The Academic environment is friendly for pupils and  it can help them to realise their full potential. The Academic staff want to enable students to achieve the best results during examinations and to be able to continue their studies at international schools. Courses are focused on leadership and personal development because of a wide extra-curricular programme with the following activities: music, sports and drama.

This top independent boarding school adopts a ‘whole school approach’ to special educational needs.

The school is committed to:

Providing all pupils with the opportunity to achieve their potential both academically and in terms of personal development and to maximise their talents and strengths;

Ensuring that pupils with special educational needs can fulfil their potential and achieve optimal educational outcomes.


  • 7 days boarding: GBP 10,000 per term

School size and facilties

This one of the best UK boarding schools occupies some of the medieval buildings of Dover Priory, on a site just east of the eponymous railway station

Located within the main college’s spacious grounds, the Junior boarding school is housed in a large Victorian building with plenty of room to accommodate its seven classes. The well-stocked Accelerated Reader library is constantly occupied as the children choose their next book in order to reach their next target. Junior School pupils also benefit from being able to share the Senior School’s outstanding facilities, including: ICT suite, the Sports Hall, Design and Technology Room, Art Studios, Science Labs, stunning cricket ground at Maxton with the most beautiful view of Dover Castle and acres of sports fields. Senior Learning Resource Centre is a modern area for independent learning using information technology or the more traditional book. It contains extensive guidance on careers and University applications. It is a focal point for study outside the classroom and has open areas for alternative lesson delivery. The school has an extensive state-of-the-art ICT wireless system that allows pupils to access information on their own devices.  Intranet contains subject information from all our courses and information that goes beyond the confines of the specification. Laptops are extensively used as part of our lesson delivery. A recently built Lecture Theatre accommodates our extensive programme of talks for academic societies. In addition, the Sixth Form Boarding School has a programme of weekly lectures by outside speakers on a diverse range of topics.

Number of students

  Girls Boys Total
Boarding School: 29 66 95
Day School: 85 100 185

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About the school

  • Long description:

    Dover College is a co-educational boarding school for pupils aged 3 – 18,  located in a beautiful, historic site with easy access to Central London, the major airports and Eurostar terminals.

    Warm and family welcome, exceptional pastoral care, small class size (maximum 15 pupils) and  school size of under 400 pupils cause that nobody is left out and everybody is supported. This environment encourages high academic achievement, builds confidence and prepares pupils for adult life.

    This Kent boarding school is international and local at the same time. Welcomes pupils from across the Globe, which encourages everyone to be inclusive, unprejudiced and outward-looking.

    Busy co-curriculum is a big part of this really international boarding school life. From canoeing to horse-riding; theatre trips to fundraising for charity; participating in our busy co-curricular activities enables pupils to acquire the leadership skills and personal qualities necessary to enable them to face the future with confidence.

  • Dorm facilities:

    There is comfortable boarding school accommodation within the Close of Dover College (both boys houses are undergoing refurbishment which will be completed by September 2015).  A resident Housemaster or Housemistress, together with a Deputy, staff each House. Each pupil gets assigned a Tutor who is involved with the curriculum and academic life at Dover College. 


    The school day runs from 8.30am to 4.10pm, but a range of activities take place until 5.30pm as well as during  the weekends. 

  • Dress code: Formal

Social life & attractions

Activities – education of this top UK boarding school extends beyond the classroom

From canoeing to horse-riding; from fundraising for charity to setting up their own business; from overseas trips to theatre trips; participating in such events enables pupils to acquire the leadership skills and personal qualities necessary to enable them to face the future with confidence.

Academic life

  • What we offer ?

    Junior Boarding School:

    The Dover College Junior Boarding School Curriculum priorities are to engage and enthuse children in the learning process. Topics and themes provide the opportunity to immerse the children in their learning in a cross-curricular approach whilst having clear educational purpose and true educational value. 

    This Junior Boarding school develops core skills, and focus most of the morning lessons on improving skills in reading, writing and numeracy. The staff follow the National Curriculum for English and Mathematics so as to ensure the vital building blocks are in place for future life skills, challenges and examinations. Languages begin in Year 1 with French and Spanish and run all the way through to Year 6. Children as young as 3 enjoy Music lessons twice weekly. In preparation for Senior School, Years 5 and 6 make use of the senior school facilities and expertise in additional subjects such as: Art, Design and Technology and Science.

    Senior School: GCSE, A -level Boarding School in England 

    Pupils achieve exceptional GCSE and A-level results within a caring, cosmopolitan and diverse environment that encourages integration and mutual respect. Good results are achieved by our small class sizes, teachers who are well-qualified, able to differentiate, and provide extension work for Able, Gifted and Talented pupils and reinforcement work for those who need it. The 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.

    Pupils in Years 7 to 9 follow a curriculum which incorporates the best features of the National Curriculum with added subject choice. Pupils are provided with opportunities for learning which will prepare them to cope with the rigour of GCSE study at the highest level. The curriculum reflects this, providing a wide range of both traditional and modern courses of study from which to make the final GCSE level choices. During the first three years in the Senior School, the emphasis is placed on sound preparation in academic skills and developing an enthusiasm for the subject. In Year 9, thorough advice on appropriate GCSE options is also provided which includes careers education. Pupils are placed in ability sets in subjects where this enhances achievement; these include Mathematics, English and Modern Foreign Languages.

    Pupils study the core subjects of English, Mathematics and Science. They will also study History, Geography, French, Spanish, PE, Information Technology, Art, Design Technology, Music, Drama, Business Studies, Economics, Religious Studies and a Modern Foreign Language, Textiles and English as an Additional Language is taught to International pupils requiring it. Latin and Mandarin have recently been introduced to Years 7 and 8.

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Sport and culture

  • Sport Facilities:

     Facilities of this best international boarding school include a first class Astroturf surface used for hockey, netball and tennis, a sports hall, a newly renovated functional fitness suite, squash court, four outdoor cricket nets, lawn tennis courts and a dance studio. Farthingloe sports ground boasts four excellent football and rugby pitches and our Maxton cricket ground is one of the most picturesque in the county, with magnificent uninterrupted views of Dover Castle.

  • Sports what we offer:

    Although there is an emphasis on traditional team sports such as football, hockey, rugby, netball and cricket, pupils frequently compete in other sports such as tennis, cross country, athletics, sailing, rounders, basketball, and swimming. Within the Senior Games programme, horse riding and yoga are also available

  • Culture and arts:

    Art and Design Technology at Top UK independent boarding school – cultivating creativity

    The aim is to encourage pupils to attain an excellent grounding in basic techniques, which includes work in a wide range of materials and processes including resistant materials, two dimensional media, fine art, photography, textiles, ceramics and the use of computerised aided design (CAD) software. Art forms an integral part of every topic or theme throughout the junior school curriculum.

    Music and Drama at this Kent boarding school

    Music and drama are at the heart of the Dover College curriculum, with exciting opportunities to perform in plays, concerts, recitals and house competitions. The heart of the music department lies in the rich and wide diversity of opportunities for pupils to engage with music throughout the school, from Chapel Choir to the popular and competitive Inter-House Music Competition. Thriving drama department strives to challenge and entertain, to inspire and build self-esteem, and to develop a strong sense of teamwork, both on the stage and behind the scenes. 

  • Religions:
    Christian , Non-denominational

Interests & Activities

  • Support programs
    College Counseling, ESL: Advanced, ESL: Beginning, ESL: Intermediate, Evening Study Assistance, Learning Center, Learning Differences Support, Peer Tutoring, Study Skills Assistance, Subject Tutoring, Technology Center, Writing Center

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Dover College: Dover, Kent, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Dover College: Dover, Kent, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Dover College: Dover, Kent, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Dover College: Dover, Kent, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Dover College: Dover, Kent, UK | Best Boarding Schools
Dover College: Dover, Kent, UK | Best Boarding Schools


Location Description

Dover College is an independent day and boarding school in Dover in southeast England.
Gatwick and Stansted airports are 1.5 hours by car. Heathrow airport is 1.45 hours by car.
Dover College is in the centre of the town of Dover.
Dover College is a three minute drive from the port of Dover.
There are ferry crossings 24 hours a day with a departure every 30 minutes.
Dover College is just 15 minutes from Eurotunnel services from Folkestone.


Effingham Crescent, Dover, Kent CT17 9RH , Dover, Kent, United Kingdom, Postcode - CT17 9RH
Email - info@best-boarding-schools.net

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