Duke of York’s Royal Military School,约克公爵皇家军事中学 Dover, Kent CT15 5EQ
Tel: 01304 245024 Fax: 01304 245019
• CO-ED, 11–18, Boarding
• Pupils 500, Upper sixth 50
• Termly fees £450 (serving parents), £650 (non-serving parents)
• SHMIS, SHA, BSA
• Enquiries/applications to the Headmaster’s PA
What it’s like
Founded in 1803, the modern establishment is purpose-built, in 150 acres of
pleasant parkland 2 miles from Dover. Its president is the Duke of Kent and the
governing body consists of 15 commissioners some of whom are appointed by the
monarch. Though largely financed by the Ministry of Defence it is a school not a
military unit. The aim is to offer a broad, balanced boarding school education
for children of service personnel, whose different postings can otherwise
disrupt education. It was founded as a co-educational school. Standards are high
and examination results good. It has excellent facilities. There is a strong
sporting tradition and regional and national representation in all major team
sports. Music and drama also strong and there is a wide range of
extra-curricular activities, including a large and active CCF.
Pupils & entrance
Pupils: Age range 11–18; 500 boarders (300 boys, 200 girls).
Entrance: Main entry ages 11 and 13 and 16. Own entrance exams used
(English and maths). For sixth-form entry 5 GCSEs at least grade C. Only
children of service personnel of at least 4 years’ service (serving or retired)
admitted; must accept the Christian ethos of the school.
Head & staff
Headmaster: John Cummings, in post from 1999. Formerly Headmaster of Keil
School, Dumbarton; and Head of Sixth Form at Wycliffe College, at Tonbridge
School and at Glasgow Academy.
Teaching staff: Staff:pupil ratio of 1:10.
GCSE: In 2003, 85 in upper fifth: 98% gained grade C or above in 5+
subjects. Average GCSE score 58 (57 over 5 years).
A-levels: 50 in upper sixth: 90% passed in 3+ subjects. Average final
point score achieved by upper sixth formers 273.
University & college entrance 95% of 2003 sixth-form leavers went on
to a degree course (50% after a gap year). Others typically go on to further
education, training courses or into the services.
Curriculum GCSE, AS, A-level and Vocational A-levels (AVCEs). 19
AS/A-level subjects, 3 AVCEs.
Sixth form: Most sixth formers take 4 subjects at AS-level, 3 at A-level;
in addition, all take AS and A-level general studies. Key skills under
Languages: All sixth form study a European language. French and German
exchange trips and work experience abroad.
ICT: Taught both as a discrete subject (2 lessons/week) and across the
curriculum. 20 computers for pupil use (13 hours a day); all pupils have access
to email. Many pupils have own laptops.
Music: All pupils learn a musical instrument (tuition free in Year 7);
instrumental exams may be taken. 7 musical groups eg military bands, orchestra,
jazz band, string quartet, choirs. Kent regional winners (string quartet),
military band played at Army & Navy match at Twickenham. 1 member in National
Youth Orchestra, 2 members in National Children’s Orchestra.
Drama & dance: Drama and dance offered, pupils take GCSE, AS and A-level
drama. All pupils involved in school and house productions, on average 3
productions per term.
Art & design: On average, 20 take GCSE; 8 AS and A-level. Design,
pottery, textiles and food technology also offered.
Sport & activities
Sport: Rugby, netball, hockey, swimming, cricket and rounders are
compulsory. Optional: cricket, tennis, squash, badminton, athletics, golf, water
polo, cross country, soccer, fencing, sailing, trampolining. GCSE, AS and
A-level offered. Regional and national representatives in all major team sports.
Winner of regional netball tournaments.
Activities: Pupils take bronze, silver and gold Duke of Edinburgh’s
Award. Community service optional. CCF compulsory for 3 years from Year 9;
special ceremonial aspect to school, only school to have own colour. 40 clubs
including karate, sailing, engineering, cycling.
Uniform: School uniform worn throughout.
Houses & prefects: Competitive houses. Prefects, head boy/girl, head of
house and house prefects, appointed by the Headmaster and elected by school.
Various school committees.
Religion: Attendance at religious worship compulsory.
Social: Theatre visits (London), debates, sixth-form balls, discos with
other schools. Exchanges and work experience in France and Germany. Sports tours
(Germany, Canada 2003), expeditions and adventure training, bi-annual World
Challenge. Meals formal. School shop and post office. No tobacco or alcohol
Discipline Pupils failing to produce homework once might expect
warning (if persistent, detention); any pupil caught smoking cannabis on school
premises could expect permanent exclusion.
Boarding Full boarding for all pupils. 40% have own study bedroom.
Single-sex houses of about 50, same as competitive houses. Resident qualified
nurse. Pupils can provide and cook some own food. 2 overnight exeats each term.
Visits to local towns allowed twice a week from age 13.