Dover College, Effingham Crescent, Dover, Kent, United Kingdom, CT17 9RH
Senior School pupils at Dover College, day and boarding, belong to one of five houses (Duckworth, Leamington, Priory, School House or St Martin’s). Those joining Shell (Year 7) spend their first year in Priory House, where the focus is on settling into the routine of their new school. They then progress into their senior house, where they remain for the duration of their time at the College.
There are four boarding houses, between them accommodating well over 100 boarders. All boarders are allocated a single room. Sixth Form boarders are typically accommodated separately from young pupils, affording them greater independence in readiness for life beyond school.
Our house system retains a traditional strength and encourages loyalty which grows from security within a close-knit community of manageable size. There is a full range of inter-house competitions, at junior and senior levels, throughout the year. Notable among these are House Music, House Drama and various sports tournaments. These offer a particular opportunity to those who do not play in the major school teams. The great majority of pupils naturally find a number of ways in which they can contribute to the life of their House, and such participation is warmly encouraged.
Central to the life of the boarders is their Matron, who plays a critical role in managing the day-to-day running of the House and helping the Houseparents with the pastoral care of the pupils. Matrons get to know each pupil really well, assisting with day-to-day practicalities, offering comfort and support when pupils are unwell or may need emotional support.
The Houses also contain common rooms, changing facilities, and small kitchens for the pupils’ use.
Sixth Formers also have use of the Sixth Form Centre and a dedicated study space above the College Library. On some days they will register with the Head of Sixth Form in the Sixth Form Centre. However, Sixth Form pupils remain a member of their House in all other respects.