Dover College



Dear Parents and Guardians,

As we head towards half term, and we continue to monitor our pupils’ work and progress, please could I ask that day parents are checking and signing-off their son/daughter’s Prep Diaries on a regular basis? This helps teachers and house staff in the Senior School enormously, and provides us with very helpful feedback on how things are progressing with work at home. For boarders, house staff undertake the same process and monitor how pupils are doing.

The new timetable in the Senior School has been well received, and we have adapted Saturday activities to allow boarders more time for personal study as well as structured activity and teaching time. The feedback from parents last term concerning the timetable that we adapted was very welcome, and we would appreciate any further feedback as and when you feel it pertinent.

As a school, we are closely monitoring the Coronavirus developments. I will update parents with any further information as and when we receive it. At present there is no cause for alarm, and it is very much business as usual. Half term destinations of our pupils will be considered and advisory action taken accordingly.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Doodes.


Sports Report

Week 2 saw the start of our Netball and Rugby commitments.

Twenty-two Girls from Third to Fifth Form represented the College in superb fashion on Thursday 16thJanuary against our visitors, Duke of York’s. The number participating is a reflection of the record number of girls choosing Netball as their Lent Sport this year.

The A Team captained by Lottie Hide (St Martin’s, 4th) comprehensively defeated their opponents with some excellent passing and movement, coupled with accurate shooting. Libby Turbutt (St Martin’s, 4th) was player of the match.

The B Team, with a sharp shooting duo of Esme Cobb (Duckworth, 5th) and Milly Wilford (Duckworth, 5th), also left their mark on our visitors with some very good play, especially at this early stage of the season.

A young C Team, captained by Chloe Leedham (St Martin’s, 3rd), lost narrowly but performed very well and showed much promise for future fixtures.

The Under 15 Rugby boys opened their account with a very valuable and hotly contested training match against Gad’s Hill on Tuesday 14thJanuary. In quite awful conditions, the boys scored some excellent tries and defended stoutly, before we mixed up the teams and played the final two quarters with boys from each school on both teams.

Last weekend, Libby Turbutt finished 5thin the Long Jump in the South of England Indoor Championships, competing two age groups up at U17 level.

This week sees the Priory pupils play their first matches of the term, and the Senior School Swimming Gala on Tuesday afternoon.


Debating Club

Located in LW3, Debating Club meets every Wednesday at 16:30.

Discussions vary considerably, already covering topics such as: changes to the age of criminal liability, the importance of physical versus mental wellbeing and the impact of modern technology on society.

Whilst providing an opportunity for individuals to voice and develop their own opinions, students are regularly encouraged to present arguments which do not always necessarily reflect their own beliefs, helping to develop empathy as well as key analytical and oratory skills.


St Martin’s ‘Good Fairy’

St Martin’s House is very proud of Upper Sixth pupil, Freya Laidlow-Petersen, who has starred as a good fairy in the Beauty and the Beast pantomime put on by the St Margaret’s Players Theatre Group. She has performed five performances in total. Well done Freya!


Music Library Cataloguing Volunteer Required

Your College needs you!

With the expanding number of ensembles and lessons taught at Dover College, we are undergoing a re-configuration of the rooms and resources in the Tallis Music Building. This involves the re-location of our incredibly valuable and useful Music Library.

During this re-location, we would like to formalise the cataloguing of the Library. Therefore, we are looking for a volunteer, preferably with an interest in music and or cataloguing, to supervise this process. It would be beneficial if the volunteer were familiar with electronic spreadsheets, such as Microsoft Excel, though this is not essential.

We hope that our Music Library Catalogue Volunteer will be able to assist us in utilising a valuable resource to its greatest extent.

If you are interested and would like further information, please contact Dover College’s Director of Music, Mr Ian Stephens –


Old Dovorian Cocktail Party 2020

On Friday 17thJanuary, the College Prefects were guests of the Old Dovorians at the annual OD Cocktail Party at the RAF Club in Piccadilly. There were over 130 guests at the event and the occasion provided an excellent chance to meet some of the recent leavers as well as ODs of older age.


Duke of Edinburgh Successes

Congratulations to Tyler Henderson (Duckworth, 4th) and to Gabriella Hood (Duckworth, 4th) who successfully achieved their Bronze Level DofE Award.  Congratulations, too, to Harry Cordell (Leamington, 5th) for achieving Silver Level DofE this week.

Tyler Volunteered in the Prep School, completing six months of boxing at Fighting Fit Academy in Dover, with drumming lessons for her skills section. Gabriella also volunteered in the Prep School, went horse riding for the physical section with learning Italian as her skills. Both Gabby and Tyler completed their qualifying expedition with a two-day walk and overnight camp in the Elham Valley.

For his Silver Award, Harry Cordell spent six months coaching under 10’s at Folkestone Rugby Club, where he also completed his six months of physical by playing in the youth Rugby team. His skills was to improve his singing abilities and so he volunteered for the school choir. Harry’s qualifying expedition was with his group on a 3-day/2-night’s expedition in the Ashford Forest area.


Art in English

Lower Sixth student Harrison Seal (Leamington) is applying his learning in Art A-Level to his English Literature A-Level. Below is his interpretation of Christina Rossetti’s poem ‘Song: When I am dead, my dearest’ which he has been studying. We could have the next William Blake here at Dover College!

Song: When I am dead, my dearest

When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me;
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Be the green grass above me
With showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.

I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain:
And dreaming through the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.


Chinese New Year

In order to further develop our understanding of Chinese New Year celebrations, Luke Lu (Leamington) delivered Lower Sixth PSHE. He taught the class about the legend of the monster Nian and how this has led to red becoming the traditional colour for Chinese decorations. He also told us how his family celebrate with red envelopes holding money and with the buying of new clothes and shows. Luke showed the class how to write and say ‘Xin nian kuai le’.




Geography Field Trip

Geography A-Level pupils Ben Preusser (School, U6), Bekas Yusuf (Leamington, U6) and George Ting (School, L6) were in for a surprise when they realised, after not so long in Lewes that they actually had to work hard on field trips! Nevertheless, there are many benefits of getting out into the field.

Geography Field Trips Top Eight

  1. Hands-on experience in the field facilitates learning and understanding.
  2. Team building and bonding through intensive subject specific vocabulary.
  3. Fresh air over extended hours makes young George tired.
  4. Opportunities to get to know other pupils better.
  5. Field centre food makes for a true appreciation of Dover College culinary quality and variety.
  6. Ben will return to Dover College appreciating a bed in which he fits – he is very tall!
  7. School House boys get the chance to experience the joys of being in a dormitory and we all learn who snores.
  8. Bekas smiles at 19:45 when he realises he might nearly be finished for the day.

These notes are applicable to certain A-Level Academic Field Trips only.



Dover College Barn Dance!

Save the Date for the Dover College Barn Dance!

Join us on Saturday 7thMarch at 6.30pm in the Refectory dancing and dinner with music from Contraband.

Tickets will be on sale soon from Priory Lodge and the Prep School Office.






Recycle your crisp packets

Your used crisp packets will be turned into life-saving funds for the Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex. Please do bring them in to Priory Lodge!


Mumps/Measles Awareness

Parents and guardians should please be advised that there is a continuing increase of Mumps and Measles in the area. Both are highly infectious and spread very easily. The best way of protection is to have the MMR vaccination, which can be arranged through your General Practitioner or via the Community Immunisation Team on 0300 123 5205. The school Medical Centre can be contacted for any further questions – 01304 244530.