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Independent School Spotlight

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

Dover, Kent


Full Boarding, Weekly Boarding

I should like to wish you a very warm welcome to The Duke of York’s Royal Military School. Our history goes back over two hundred years, when the school was founded by Royal Warrant and opened in 1803 in Chelsea. In 2010 we became an Academy sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.

We have a rich military heritage that provides the backbone of the Academy; it is a huge benefit to the ethos, values and learning culture of the school. We are proud to provide a stable, caring and understanding environment for the children of members of the armed forces, but also children from all backgrounds.

We believe in the education of the whole student, mirrored by our philosophy to ‘develop each and every child and offer them life skills and leadership opportunities’. Our Spiritual and Military ethos underpins the school aim of producing successful individuals through integrity, loyalty and fostering respect; ‘Dukies’ developing into citizens that are compassionate, empathetic and knowledgeable about the issues their world faces.

Our aim is simple; nurturing accomplishment through hard work, discipline and evolving individual talents. Our unique Academy provides a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities that allows our students to develop courage, skills and experiences they would not normally be exposed to. But it's not only our young people who will be striving to be the best they can be, our staff too will constantly evaluate and evolve their own practice and development to ensure that on offer here, is high quality teaching for your children.

If you are considering the next stage of education for your child, I hope you will choose The Duke of York’s Royal Military School for our very special ingredients of military and education. Our students are the best thing about our School; I would be delighted if you were able to visit us, meet our fabulous young people and see for yourself what's on offer here.

Alex Foreman, Principal

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What are UK 'Independent Schools'?

A UK Independent School is independent of its finances and governance and typically charges fees for attendance instead of being funded by the UK Government. Pupils at Independent Schools (synonymous with ‘Private Schools') don’t have to follow the national curriculum.

Ofsted inspects half of all UK Independent Schools. The Independent Schools Inspectorate inspects schools that are members of the associations that form the Independent Schools Council. The School Inspection Service inspects some other schools.

Independent Schools are typically governed by a board of governors that is elected independently of government and has a system of governance that ensures its independent operation.

Independent Schools in the United Kingdom play a central role in education both UK & International students contribute over £9.5 Billion to the UK economy.