Headmaster’s Welcome

Thank you for visiting our website, through which I hope you will gain an insight into this very special community.

The values of the family run through Dover College. Here we take the time to really get to know your child, putting in place the right balance of challenge and support to enable them to succeed academically, grow in confidence and prepare for life in a rapidly changing world. This is a school which recognises that success is different for every child, and looks beyond just the conventional methods for measuring it.

We like to think differently. Our distinctive curriculum, connecting Early Years right through to Sixth Form, focusses not only on achieving excellent results but also developing inquisitive minds ready for the challenges ahead. As a member of the Round Square organisation, a group of 150 worldwide schools, we prize their core values of internationalism, democracy, care for the environment, adventure, leadership and service. We encourage all pupils to participate in sport, music and drama. The many opportunities on offer in these areas promote leadership, teamwork and self-belief, all of which play an important role in life here. We use our proximity to the sea for sailing and arrange international sports tours. Our Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme is thriving and growing in popularity.

We are international and local. We welcome pupils from across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas, encouraging everyone to be inclusive, unprejudiced, cosmopolitan and outward looking.

We prepare pupils for life after Dover College, and have a strong Alumni and Old Dovorian network. Our university and careers advice is exceptional and we have close links with higher education establishments around the world.

In 2019 we were shortlisted for the TES Awards for our Senior Leadership Team, our Curriculum, our Marketing and as Boarding School of the Year. We’re also very proud of our Good Schools Guide review.

Dover College turns 150 next year! This important anniversary is an opportunity to celebrate a century and a half of successful education, during which time nearly five and a half thousand pupils have been educated at the College, as well as reflect on how we will continue to develop into the future. Our development plan, Project 150, is seeing major investment in our sport, music and drama facilities.

Please do come and visit! We are two minutes by road from Dover port, an hour by train from London, and just over an hour and a half by road from Gatwick, Stansted and Heathrow airports. I can promise you a very warm welcome.

Mr Simon Fisher BA


About our Headmaster

Simon read History at the University of Exeter before taking a PGCE in Secondary Education.

His first teaching post was at Wycliffe College in Gloucestershire, where he was quickly promoted to Head of Department and subsequently onto the Senior Management Team. In 2011 he moved to Worth School in West Sussex, where as Assistant Head he led on the use of ICT to enhance learning and teaching. In 2015 he was promoted to Deputy Head, with responsibility for the academic provision. During Simon’s tenure in this role the school achieved its best ever set of GCSE results and received the highest possible ISI grading for academic standards.

Simon is a governor on the board of the Effingham Schools Trust and is a member of their academic committee. He is a keen amateur photographer, and when not at work can often be found with a camera in his hand!

Simon is married to Abigail. They have two young children who both attend Dover College Prep School.