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A Busy Co-Curriculum

Art and Design Technology – cultivating creativity

Pupils are inspired to explore their creativity by involvement in a variety of stimulating projects, the most recent being an up-cycling fashion show and a photographic competition.

Our 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.

Music and Drama – confidence comes from self-expression

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.

Our 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.

Pupils are encouraged to become involved in sound, lighting, costume design, hair and make-up.

Activities – education 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.

Numerous expeditions, Outward bound activities and excursions take place during the course of the year, all of which are of enormous benefit to the pupils.

These include residential trips in North Wales, the Lake District or Spain where pupils undertake a demanding programme of team-building and entrepreneurial ventures.

Dover College pupils are actively involved in fund raising activities for school charities from the annual sponsored walk between Sandwich and Dover, cake sales and themed non-uniform days and even visiting the Ukraine to help build an orphanage.

Pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of service and not only for the benefit of their own community but also for the wider community beyond school. Pupils also lead and take an active part in college services, school council and our food committees.

Sport – nurturing a team spirit

Sport is important for developing character and we encourage pupils to participate in a broad range of sporting activities throughout the year.

Representing the college boosts self-confidence and nurtures a team spirit that extends well beyond the sports field.

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.

Our facilities include a first class Astroturf surface used for hockey, netball and tennis, a sports hall, a well-equipped fitness suite, four outdoor cricket nets, lawn tennis courts and a dance studio. Our 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.

College teams regularly compete at Regional and National level across our major Games. ISFA tournaments, the National Schools Sevens, Kent County and Granville League competitions provide the external test our athletes require. A termly programme of house matches across all our major Games fosters a healthy atmosphere of internal competition and house pride for boarding and day pupils. Domestic and international tours are in place on an annual basis across a variety of sports, maximising our location as the closest school to the Continent.