Houses & Boarding


Boarding at Dover College seeks to replicate the family atmosphere of a home. The boarding house is a home-from-home, where relationships are familiar in nature and the environment relaxed and stable. Houseparents lead these communities and encourage strong and close bonds between pupils of different ages within their boarding houses.

We believe that in this environment young people flourish and develop in confidence and in character. They become more considerate and better at relating to a wider diversity of people.  Furthermore, they develop independence within carefully set parameters so that they become more able to be self-regulated young people when they go on to university, where most students are ‘boarders’.

The College has a long tradition of welcoming international pupils and there is no doubt that the school benefits from a rich diversity of cultural backgrounds. Pupils come from many different countries including Germany, Nigeria, Hong Kong, France, Bulgaria, Russia, Italy and Spain.

Every Senior School pupil, boarding or day, is assigned a House. Shell (Year 7) and Remove (Year 8) pupils spend their first two years in Priory House. During this period a great focus is placed on ensuring that they settle into life at the College. In Third Form (Year 9), they move to their Senior House where they remain for the rest of their time at the College.


Housemistress: Mrs Clara Hebblethwaite

Deputy Housemistress: Miss Taylah Hutson

The House prides itself on its warm, friendly atmosphere, in which every girl is valued and instrumental in the smooth day-to-day running of the house. Boarders often share their meals with staff in the Great Hall

Situated on the outskirts of ‘The Close’, next to St Martin’s House, Duckworth boasts a comfortable and intimate Common Room, which provides a social hub to the House.

Life in the house is dependent on age with younger boarding girls going to bed earlier than older girls.

The big sister, little sister relationships in Duckworth are clearly visible.


Housemaster: Mrs Michelle Rolfe

Leamington House has very proud traditions dating back to 1920. The House name of Leamington comes from the town of Leamington Spa where the College was situated from 1917 to 1919 during the Great War.

Leamington Boys are expected to be participants, to the best of their ability, in all that is asked of them, within the House, Dover College and the wider community. Leamington House is very proud of its sporting and academic achievements.

No matter how great our meal times are, boys are always hungry so the recently renovated kitchen is always very busy!

Leamington Boys are encouraged to take responsibility of their own private and communal living spaces and volunteer for particular duties within the House to ensure its smooth running throughout the year.

Mr Hill is supported by his wife, Louise.


Housemistress: Mrs Cerys Messenger

Deputy Housemaster: Mr Edward Breeze

Priory House is a Day House for all Shell and Remove year group pupils. Pupils will spend the first two years of their time in the Senior School at Dover College in Priory before moving up to one of four Houses in the Third Form.

Priory is a modern two-storey building situated adjacent to the Medical Centre. In the large Common Room, there are several sofa-seating areas where pupils are able to chat, read, play board games and relax during break times. There are two separate levels for the boys’ changing facilities located on the ground floor and the girls’ on the second floor. Shell pupils are assigned to a Senior House on entry and will have various opportunities to visit and link up with their Senior House during their time in Priory


Housemaster: Mr Lee Irwin

Deputy Housemistress: Ms Michelle Rolfe

School House is the largest of our boarding houses. It is not only a friendly and welcoming House, but is set in the imposing main building.

The School House formed the core of the original school in 1871 and now it is a vibrant community, which has enjoyed great success academically, on the sports field, and in cultural pursuits.

The School House is a very dynamic place to be. It is a popular choice for pupils, each of whom gets his own single study as soon as he begins boarding.

The recent refurbishment has given the house an even greater home-from-home feel, as has the renovation of the new Common Room and House kitchen.

Mr Irwin is supported by his wife, Jo, and their two children.


Houseparents: Mr Jack Payne and Mrs Charline Marie-Payne

The centrepiece of St Martin’s is a beautifully fitted dance room that is used in the evenings for Jazz, Ballroom, Latin, Modern and Lyrical dance lessons and in the afternoons for aerobics, modern yoga and spinning sessions.

There is also a large Common Room and two television rooms. The House Matron and her staff keep the fabric spotless and most girls have a study bedroom to themselves.

Day girls are fully integrated into House life. They form part of the inter-House Swimming, Hockey, Netball and Tennis teams, attend the regular social functions and provide an invaluable contact with the local community and families for those boarding girls far from home.

Mr and Mrs Marie-Payne are supported by their French bulldog, Hobbs.