Dover College believes that a broad education that takes in the academic, cultural, spiritual, sporting and outward bound sides of life, set in a cosmopolitan community where approximately 30 different nationalities work and play together, is a clear public good and very much a charitable purpose. Indeed, it is the main charitable purpose of the foundation.
Dover College provides for a great deal of participation in sport, Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, music and drama, alongside its academic work.
Dover College educates a broad spectrum of abilities and is thus open to a wider section of the local communities than the Grammar Schools or other Independent Schools. The value added by Dover College, comparing GCSE results with baseline tests, shows that the school improves the chances of its pupils by increasing their GCSE results by approximately 0.6 grades per candidate, per subject. Moreover, Dover College has always aimed to keep its fee levels down to a modest size, thus widening access to many families locally who have only modest incomes.
The independent sector as a whole has a large number of pupils studying “difficult” subjects. Dover College in particular has exceptional results in Modern Languages and Chemistry – both shortage areas.
In the Infant and Junior Department our intake is in line with national norms but each year its Key Stage 2 test results are well above the national average.
Dover College operates an NQT programme to train and induct teachers into the profession at no cost to the state.