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A unique and iconic school

Alex Foreman, Principal of The Duke of York’s Royal Military School
A warm welcome to all
The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is a non-selective boarding school for students aged 11 to 18. Located in Dover, Kent, the school is an ideal choice for those living in Europe as we are close to the Ferry port and Eurotunnel, and an hour's train journey from London via the high speed link to St Pancras. Set in 150 acres of Kentish countryside, your son or daughter will feel safe and secure in a close-knit community.
Excellent results
The school offers a broad range of GCSEs and our success rate is significantly higher than the national average (5A* to C including Maths and English). In the Sixth Form, a wide range of courses is available, currently 16 at AS Level and 17 at A2 Level. The curriculum is constantly under review and we respond positively to student feedback. Recent qualifications introduced include GCSE Dance and BTEC Military Music (which has proven to be popular as we have our own student military band). All our students are encouraged to achieve the very best they can and regular evening prep is set for students overseen by House tutors. 
Military ethos
Originally established in 1803 to educate children from military families, the school continues to maintain and be proud of its strong military ethos. We Troop the Colour each year on our prize giving day at the end of the Summer Term, and we mark important commemorative dates in the calendar including Remembrance Sunday with the whole school and military band on Parade. We place particular emphasis on traditional values such as self-discipline, self-reliance, spirituality, leadership and respect for others, as we believe it helps our students develop character and skills for life. The school often attracts unique opportunities such as performing with the military band at Twickenham and at The Sun's Military Awards, or being included in The Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall. 
Full and weekly boarding 
By choosing to live and study with us, your child is choosing to become part of a very special community. It's extremely important to staff that our students enjoy boarding and are able to forge strong friendships. Our experienced Housemasters and Housemistresses offer good pastoral care and support, supported by an in-house team of Tutors, Pastoral Leaders and Housekeepers. It's a busy and vibrant place, especially at weekends, with various activities and trips on offer.
From September 2015, we are pleased to offer the increased flexibility of weekly boarding as well as full boarding. This means that with parental permission, students can opt to go home some weekends after Saturday lessons and commitments. They can return either late on Sunday night or early on Monday morning. 
So many opportunities
A good school is about much more than what is learnt in the classroom; sport, outdoor activities and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme continue to play a leading role in the lives of all of our students. Extra-curricular opportunities include over 70 clubs and activities (such as Chapel choir, fencing, horse riding and trampolining) while all the key sports are played here including rugby, netball, hockey, cricket and athletics.
This year we have continued to work in partnership with a range of different schools locally, nationally and internationally. Most notable was the involvement of students in a critically acclaimed production of ‘West Side Story’, both in Dover and in the USA, which was put on by students in a joint American and British cast.
£24.9 million investment
A £24.9m building programme has just been completed to enhance our already impressive school site and facilities. New junior and Sixth Form boarding houses, a black box drama studio, teaching blocks and a Sports Centre have all been built. Students enjoy all major sports with us and our facilities include an indoor swimming pool, running track, assault course, astroturf area, squash courts and gym. 
Our fees
Boarding fees are £10,995* per year and education is paid for by the state. If you qualify for Continuity of Education Allowance, you pay 10% of the boarding fee. (To be eligible for a UK state boarding school, students must hold a British or EU Passport, or have the right to reside in the UK.)

We recommend that students join us in Year 7, Year 9 or for the Sixth Form (Year 12) but we will always consider applications from any year group, at any time of the year. 
Why choose us?
  • Graded Good in all areas by Ofsted.
  • Our GCSE results are significantly above the national average.
  • Every student is encouraged to achieve their potential in a supportive community.
  • Military ethos helps develop character and life skills.
  • Your child will enjoy an independent school lifestyle with sport, music, drama and CCF. 
  • You only pay for boarding costs, and if you qualify for CEA, that would be £1099.50 for 2014–15*.
  • Your child’s laundry, meals and boarding fees are all covered in our yearly charge. 
  • We are a busy school with full and weekly boarding providing many exciting opportunities to develop individual talents. 
Come and visit
The school is non-selective, but all students are invited to a ‘suitability for boarding’ interview.  We encourage you to visit us to see what an extraordinary school we are. Our students will give you a tour of the school and answer any questions you may have.
Contact details 
The Registrar, DOYRMS, An Academy with Military Traditions
Dover, Kent CT15 5EQ
Civ: 01304 245073  www.doyrms.com

Alex Foreman started teaching at an independent public school in Rutland in 1999 after studying philosophy at university. He then moved to an inner city boys’ comprehensive in Leicester. He moved from a Service children’s school in British Forces Germany to join DOYRMS in January 2017. Mr Foreman has a passion for education and sport and an indestructible attachment to Leicester Tigers Rugby Club. He has represented the county at rugby, cricket and hockey and still coaches all three sports whenever possible. He is married with two children.



Schools founded by the Military
School Address Phone Type PR Weblink
Duke of York\'s Royal Military SchoolDover, Kent. CT15 5EQ01304 245024Bo, M, 11-18 
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