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.
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. We work hard on community service, developing our pupils into well rounded individuals. 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.
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.
Pupils are inspired to explore their creativity by involvement in a variety of stimulating projects, the most recent being an upcycling 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.
Dover College recognises that learning extends beyond the walls of the classroom, beyond the boundaries of the school and transcends the geographical restrictions. Our pupils become lifelong learners and are able to develop and grow in all areas of life.