The Careers Programme is supported with a range of relevant and up-to-date materials in our Careers Library, designed to give access through printed and electronic media to all relevant information as well as advice about Higher and Further Education and Training. Pupils are encouraged to make use of this facility, which is available on an open access basis.
Information, guidance and advice are given by the Careers Department who attend Parent evenings. Parents also have the opportunity to consult with Common Room. Staff are always available for any further advice or queries and the aim is to ensure that the decisions pupils make are informed and fully considered. Housemasters, in conjunction with parents, the Head of Sixth Form and the Director of Studies, retain overall responsibility for ensuring that pupils move forward successfully to the next stage of their lives.
In the Lower Sixth (L6), pupils:
In the Upper Sixth (U6):
Dover College firmly believes in an all-round education where academic pursuits combine with outstanding co-curricular opportunities. For personal development, advancement and sheer joy, there is nothing to rival the enrichment opportunities offered by the co-curriculum provision at Dover College.
From Sport to Computing, Creative Arts to Academic clubs, volunteering, fundraising and the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, we provide a plethora of experiences to enrich pupil’s lives, cultivate new talents, and build upon the pupil’s existing passions and interests.
At Dover College, the pupil’s determine our offer. Our wide-ranging programme of activities, societies, events and trips allow the pupils to explore and enjoy different ways of living and learning. By involving the pupil’s in our full enrichment programme, we hope that their enjoyment of school life is enhanced and personal skills develop.
Dover College recognises that learning does not always take place in the classroom or in the school environment. This is why we offer a full and stimulating package of trips for all of our pupils. The boarding pupils have a full range of weekend and evening trips available throughout the school year. These range from ice skating and bowling to trips to Canterbury and London. All pupils have access to our extensive off site educational visits. These could be to the Lake District or Wales or further afield to Iceland or Europe. Being so close to France, we make full use of our position and will often arrange visits so the pupils can experience different cultures and people.
These undertakings are at the centre of our drive to develop assured, enthusiastic and empathetic young people. The skills they develop as a result – from time management to compassion, from logistical planning to mindfulness – will stay with them for life, enhancing their health, well-being and value to society.
We welcome representatives from a range of charities each year to contribute to the PSHE programme and to attend different events that are organised. Our hope is that, through their exposure to a range of activities and causes, our pupils will develop a sense of the type and scale of need that exists in modern life.
In line with Dover College’s philosophy of providing an excellent all-round education, the purpose of the College’s Co–Curricular Programme is for pupils to experience a range of activities and develop skills beyond those in the core curriculum or core games and sports programmes. Hence, whilst composition varies seasonally, and with interest from staff and pupils, suitable provision diversify the pupil learning experience and cater for all standards and abilities.
Our Co-Curricular aims are to help pupils:
Pupils choose their co-curricular activities from an appealing list of varied, challenging and often unusual clubs, pursuits and experiences. The activities integrate into the school day, providing balance and fulfilment across the week. We look at the importance on ensuring pupils enjoy stimulating and life-enhancing experiences throughout their time at school.
Some of the options available include debating, linguistics, games club, psychology, science club, Warhammer, song writing, coding, film society and a whole host of musical clubs and activities, and varied sporting options from the mainstream to the more unusual.