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Public Benefit

Helping the community has always played a large part in the ethos of Dover College. The various articles below set out to highlight the large range and number of activities that happen through Dover College which do significantly benefit the public and the local community.

The wide range of what we do at Dover College is a great tribute to the dedication and effort of large numbers of the teachers and staff and all would hope that this public spirit continues to flourish here.

Maintenance of Historic Buildings

Dover College is fortunate to be located on the remains of the medieval Priory of St Martin, Dover, and thus has many fine buildings, some dating back to 1132. The school site is part of a conservation area (the Dover Conservation Area) and is also a Scheduled Ancient Monument.

Fundraising and work for Charities

Each year, Dover College adopts a particular Charity to be the focus for the year’s fundraising efforts. All major fundraising activity raises funds for the selected charity, but occasionally other charities are considered during the year for one-off special events.

Fundraising activities include:

  • The Annual Sponsored Walk (the whole school walks from Sandwich to Dover)
  • Young Enterprise annual donation of their profits to their chosen charities
  • The “Love in a Box” scheme
  • Harvest donations to the Women’s Refuge

Recent charities supported by Dover College include:

  • Royal National Life Boat Institution
  • Cornilo Riding – local riding school for the disabled
  • Teenage Cancer Trust
  • Kent Air Ambulance
  • Demelza House
  • Guide Dogs for the Blind
  • Local and wider community links
  • Ukraine Project

Members of Dover College also help local institutions and other partners in a variety of ways including:

  • Free entrance for local primary schools to Dover College productions
  • Use of our minibuses by various local primary school
  • Participation in the Rotary Debating
  • Hosting Higher Education Fairs with free access for local schools
  • Professional musical help to Ripplevale Primary School
  • Work experience in various departments such as Grounds, Kitchens, IT…
  • Organisation of the Dover College Inter-School Cross Country event
  • Prep-schools 5-a-side tournament
  • Sports Department provides referees for local schools
  • Dover College Society – free to all in the community
  • The Dover College Choir sings evensong in various local churches
  • The Dover College Choir sings in St Martin’s Guston for their annual Martintide Mass
  • Members of Dover College regularly help run Church Services at Northbourne Park – a local school without a Chaplain
  • Dover College staff are involved with much work for the local Duke of Edingburgh’s Award Scheme as well as providing facilities for meetings…
  • Dover College staff help with teaching at a local swimming club and officiating for the Kent ASA