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Exceptional Pastoral Care

Dover College prides itself on the warmth, consistency and thoroughness of its exceptional pastoral care, which is at the heart of everything we do.

Visitors to our campus regularly comment on the warm, friendly environment that nurtures and cares for the children entrusted to us. This gives them the best chance of flourishing whilst both at the College and beyond. We pride ourselves on the strength of relationships that develop within our school community, which is further enriched by the diversity of our children. Our pupils thrive in an environment where they are well-known and cared for by staff, and where they feel happy and confident. Family values such as mutual respect, tolerance for others and kindness form the core principles for everyone within the College. You will see happy children with a real sense of purpose in a relaxed but safe and structured environment.

Each individual is known and cared for throughout their time with us. All pupils, whether they are boarders or day pupils, are allocated to one of our four boarding houses and are fully included in the life of the boarding house. Day pupils also belong to and are warmly welcomed and supported within one of the boarding houses and are able, and indeed encouraged, to stay during the week and take advantage of our very affordable flexi-boarding rates.

Priory House, is our designated day pupil house for all boys and girls in Years 7 and 8 and offers a safe environment for our younger pupils to explore all the opportunities and possibilities within the Senior School before moving into one of the four Houses for Years 9 to 13.

Each House is run by a caring and experienced team of adults. This team is led by a Housemaster or Housemistress, who are ably supported by a Resident Assistant, tutors and Matron, who are always on hand to deal with the day-to-day issues that arise for the pupils in their care. The House structure enables us to provide support tailored to the age of our pupils at every stage of their journey through the College.

Tutors also work closely with Housemasters, Housemistresses and parents to help support their tutees both academically and socially. The Deputy Head Pastoral has overall responsibility for pastoral care throughout the College and he and his family live on the College campus. The Chaplain, the School Counsellor and the School Nurses are also key members of our close community.