Beyond the Curriculum

Education that extends beyond the classroom

Dover College offers a full and diverse co-curricular programme throughout the academic year. From our sporting provision to Performing Arts together with our ever expanding activities timetable.

Led by specialists in each area, our expertise enables a supportive environment for pupils at all levels regardless of experience or ability from starting out to the very highest levels.


Nurturing a team spirit

Sport is important for developing character and we encourage pupils to participate in a broad range of sporting activities throughout the year.

Pupils should be enthusiastic about a healthy, active lifestyle, which must be championed over all. This is to say, that although competitive team sports may not be for all, health and fitness should be. Sport at Dover College engenders values integral to developing positive personal qualities such as respect, perseverance, determination and fair play, which we aim for pupils to take away from the College and into adult life.

Although there is an emphasis on traditional team sports such as football, hockey, rugby, netball and cricket, pupils frequently compete in other sports such as tennis, cross country, athletics, sailing, rounders, basketball, and swimming. Within the Senior Games programme, horse riding and yoga are also available.

Our facilities include a first class Astroturf surface used for hockey, netball and tennis, a sports hall, a newly renovated functional fitness suite, squash court, fives court, four outdoor cricket nets, lawn tennis courts and a dance studio. Our Farthingloe sports ground boasts four excellent football and rugby pitches whilst our Maxton cricket ground is one of the most picturesque in the county, with magnificent uninterrupted views of Dover Castle.

College teams regularly compete at Regional and National level across our major Games. ISFA tournaments, the Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens, Kent County and Granville League competitions provide the external test our athletes require. A termly programme of house matches across all our major Games fosters a healthy atmosphere of internal competition and house pride for boarding and day pupils. Domestic and international tours are in place on an annual basis across a variety of sports, maximising our location as the closest school to the Continent.


Education that extends beyond the classroom

From canoeing to horse-riding; from fundraising for charity to setting up their own business; from overseas trips to theatre trips; participating in such events enables pupils to acquire the leadership skills and personal qualities necessary to enable them to face the future with confidence.

Numerous expeditions, Outward-bound activities and excursions take place during the course of the year, all of which are of enormous benefit to the pupils.

These include residential trips in North Wales, the Lake District or Spain where pupils undertake a demanding programme of team-building and entrepreneurial ventures.

Dover College pupils are actively involved in fundraising activities for school charities from the annual sponsored walk between Sandwich and Dover, cake sales and themed non-uniform days and even visiting Ukraine to help build an orphanage.

Pupils are encouraged to develop a sense of service and not only for the benefit of their own community but for the wider community beyond school. Pupils also lead and take an active part in college services, school council and our food committees.

Music and Drama

Confidence comes from self-expression

Our thriving drama department strives to challenge and entertain, to inspire and build self-esteem, and to develop a strong sense of teamwork, both on the stage and behind the scenes.

Pupils are not only encouraged to develop their confidence on stage but also to collaborate as stage crew members specialising in areas such as: stage management, sound design, lighting design, costume design, hair and make-up. We run a regular technical enrichment programme that sees a select team of pupils receive training enabling them to manage and run all the technical aspects of any Dover College performance event.

In addition to this, we offer peripatetic LAMDA tuition and encourage all pupils to hone their technique in one or more of the following disciplines:  Public Speaking, Acting, Musical Theatre and Speaking Verse and Prose.

Art and Design Technology

Cultivating creativity

Pupils are inspired to explore their creativity by involvement in a variety of stimulating projects, the most recent being an up-cycling fashion show and a photographic competition.

Our aim is to encourage pupils to attain an excellent grounding in basic techniques, which includes work in a wide range of materials and processes including resistant materials, two-dimensional media, fine art, photography, textiles, ceramics and the use of computerised aided design (CAD) software.