The Duke of York’s Royal Military School


by Alex Foreman, Principal of The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is a non-selective state boarding school with Academy status for pupils aged 11 to 18. Located in Dover, Kent the school is an ideal choice for those living in the UK and Europe as we are close to the ferry port and Eurotunnel, and an hour’s train journey from London St Pancras. Set in 150 acres of Kent countryside, your son or daughter will feel safe and secure in our close-knit community.


Excellent results

The school offers a broad range of GCSEs and our success rate is significantly higher than the national average. In the sixth form a wide range of courses are available. The curriculum is constantly under review and we respond positively to pupil feedback. Qualifications recently introduced include GCSE Dance and BTEC Engineering. All our pupils are encouraged to achieve the very best they can.

Military ethos

Originally established in 1803 to educate orphaned 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 prizegiving 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 put particular emphasis on traditional values such as courage, integrity, respect, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline – we believe this helps our pupils develop character and skills for life. The school often attracts unique opportunities such as performing with the military band at Twickenham, or being included in The Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall.

Wellbeing and pastoral care

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 pupils enjoy boarding and are able to forge strong friendships. Our experienced housemasters and housemistresses offer excellent pastoral care and support, alongside an in-house team of tutors, pastoral leaders and housekeepers. It’s a busy and vibrant place, especially on weekends, with various activities and trips on offer.

Many opportunities

A good school is about much more than what is learnt in the classroom – sports, outdoor activities, the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme and the Combined Cadet Force (CCF) continue to play a leading role in the lives of all of our pupils. 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.

We continue to work in partnership with a range of different schools locally, nationally and internationally. 

£24.9 million investment

Our £24.9 million building programme is now complete. New junior and sixth form boarding houses, a black box drama studio, teaching blocks and a sports centre have all been built. Our facilities include an indoor swimming pool, running track, assault course, astroturf area, squash courts and gym.

Our fees

Annual boarding fees are £14,445 (£4,815 per term) for 2019–20 and education is paid for by the state (to be eligible for a UK state boarding school, at the time of writing, pupils must hold a British or EU Passport, or have the right to reside in the UK). Armed Forces families eligible for CEA pay a parental contribution of just 8 per cent of the fee, which is only available at state boarding schools such as ours.


We recommend that pupils join us in Year 7, Year 9 or for the sixth form (Year 12) but will always consider applications for any year group, at any time of the year.

Why choose us?

Come and visit us

The school is non-selective, but all pupils are invited to a ‘suitability for boarding’ interview. However, the sixth form is selective and also requires the boarding interview. We encourage you to visit us to see what an extraordinary school we are, and we look forward to welcoming you.

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