Dover College

Houses & Boarding

our houses

The School day for the Senior School pupils commences 8.30am with registration in houses before teaching starts promptly at 8.40am to maximise pupils’ alertness and concentration. Each lesson is 40 minutes in length with a break mid-morning, at lunch and mid-afternoon.

Our timetable offers a considerable amount of contact time, particularly in core subjects. All pupils have a timetabled tutor period, which allows tutors dedicated time to monitor and support the academic progress of the pupils under their care. Pupils attend Chapel twice a week, a Senior School assembly on Monday morning and Friday Evensong to close the working week.

All activities and games sessions take place in the afternoon with every child having a minimum of three hours of games lessons each week. Pupils in years 7 and 8 have two sessions of activities per week,  as well as a timetabled prep session at the end of the day so that they may complete their homework before the end of the school day. Pupils in years 9-13 have a minimum of one session of activity per week but there are also opportunities to do other activities throughout the day such as instrumental and LAMDA lessons and the chapel choir.

The school day officially ends at 5.30pm for day pupils when they are collected by parents / guardians or depart on the school buses.

On Saturdays morning, pupils in years 9-13 will be invited to attend curriculum enrichment sessions and there will also be educational trips.


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.