An internationally diverse network of 200 like-minded schools in 50 countries across six continents, Round Square schools connect and collaborate to offer world-class programmes, experiences and exchanges that aim to develop global competence, character and confidence in its pupils. Built around six themes identified by German educational philosopher, Kurt Hahn, the IDEALS – International understanding, Democracy, Environmental stewardship, Adventure, Leadership and Service enable member schools to share a commitment to character education and experiential learning.

Founded in 1956, the Round Square organisation enables pupils to make positive and meaningful contributions and connections to the local, national and global society, which will enrich them for the rest of their lives. With a diverse range of experiences and opportunities extending far beyond the classroom, pupils are challenged and stimulated physically, emotionally and intellectually.

Exchange opportunities enable pupils and staff to experience other languages and cultures for extended periods of up to three months. Dover College is looking forward to its first exchange in the coming academic year recognising the significance of fostering global relationships and respecting diversity of culture, religion and language across the globe.

Service projects give pupils the opportunity to work as volunteers on community projects abroad with clear objectives such as installing clean water systems and building school buildings. In addition, there are regular opportunities for pupils to attend conferences including the International Conference, which takes place on a different continent each autumn.

In summary:

  • We are an International school.
  • We have a healthy Democratic society and provide opportunities for student voice.
  • We care for the Environment around us.
  • Adventure is promoted through visits and trips.
  • Leadership is embedded within student committees and prefect body.
  • Service is encouraged through charitable fundraising and community involvement.


More details about the Round Square organisation can be found through www.roundsquare.org

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