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The Duke of York's Royal Military School

A co-educational boarding school for students aged 11-18

Virtual Open Morning

Welcome to the Duke of York’s Royal Military School’s Virtual Open Morning.

Open mornings allow you to meet the staff who will be inspiring and nurturing your child, meet the existing students who are thriving in our full-boarding environment and envisaging your child among their new peer group within our school. Our Dukie family would like to meet you, provide support and information, and guide you on your Dukie journey. We have put together a selection of videos and live virtual meetings which can be accessed and booked below.

If you would like to visit the school, we will be delighted to welcome you to our 150-acre parkland estate, situated on top of the White Cliffs of Dover. Please select a convenient day and time through our booking portal, available by clicking here.

Book your tour of the school below:

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School (DOYRMS) is a unique place; we are more than just a school or a steppingstone to further education and careers, we provide an all-round education with a pursuit of excellence. Every child is encouraged to find and develop their strengths, be it in the classroom, on the sports field, performing on stage or in the Boarding House.

From the moment you enter the campus, you will be amazed by our stunning location, the incredible facilities on offer, and the breadth of opportunities our students can access. At DOYRMS every day is an open day therefore we urge you to book in for your personal tour of the school (dates are available below). When students enter our School, they become Dukies for life and we look forward to meeting our latest Dukies.

Welcome from the Principal

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Welcome from the Top Three

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Life as a Junior (Year 7) Dukie

When students join us in Year 7, they will enter one of our dedicated Junior Boarding Houses - Nelson for Girls and Trenchard for Boys. All students are carefully introduced into boarding life by the pastoral team, so they feel supported and confident in their new environment. All students have access to WI-FI across the school site, so staying in touch with home is easy.

Both houses offer dayrooms, quiet areas and games rooms. Students enjoy dormitory life with up to 7 other students per dorm. 

All our teaching staff work within a House pastoral team as either Houseparents or academic tutors, providing a support network. This allows our students to thrive in the Boarding Houses and also creates an enhanced relationship in the classroom.

You can book a virtual meeting with our Houseparents, Ms Cyndi Carvalho (Nelson, Year 7 Girls) by clicking here, and Miss Sarah Fox (Trenchard, Year 7 Boys) by clicking here

Alternatively, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: admissions@doyrms.com.

 
 

Life at a Senior (Years 8 - 11) Dukie

When students join us as a Senior Dukie (Year 8 through to Year 11), they board within one of nine separate boys and girls boarding houses. All houses offer large dayrooms featuring sky TV, games consoles and kitchen areas. Houses are run by Houseparents who are available at all times as they live within the Boarding House.

Initially sharing a dorm with up to 6 students, by Year 11, students have their own rooms and take on leadership roles within the House.

New students are carefully introduced into boarding life by the pastoral team, so they feel supported and confident in their new environment. All students have access to WI-FI across the school site, so staying in touch with home is easy.

 

All our teaching staff work within a House pastoral team as either Houseparents or academic tutors, providing a support network. This allows our students to thrive in the Boarding Houses and also creates an enhanced relationship in the classroom.

You can book a virtual meeting with some of our Houseparents, Mrs Christine Lawrence (Marlborough for girls) by clicking here, and Mr Steven Bird (Wolseley for boys), by clicking here

Alternatively, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: admissions@doyrms.com.

 

Life as a Sixth Form (Year 12 & 13) Dukie

Students who begin their Dukie journey in Sixth Form, join Centenary House.

Centenary is our designated Sixth Form Boarding House and provides a stepping stone to University or working life beyond the school.

As with all our boarding houses, a pastoral team of Houseparents, matrons and tutors are on hand 24/7.

Centenary House offers large dayrooms featuring sky TV, games consoles and kitchen areas, as well as quite, relaxation rooms. Year 12 students share a twin room with en-suite shower, while Year 13 have their own single en-suite rooms.

Our Sixth Form students benefit from access to a dedicated learning centre where the Head of Sixth Form and a Learning Mentor are on hand to help with UCAS applications, CV writing and study skills. You can book a virtual meeting with the Head of Sixth Form, Miss Hannah Couves, by clicking here.

New students are carefully introduced into boarding life by the pastoral team, so they feel supported and confident in their new environment. All students have access to WI-FI across the school site, so staying in touch with home is easy.

All our teaching staff work within a House pastoral team as either Houseparents or academic tutors, providing a support network. This allows our students to thrive in the Boarding Houses and also creates an enhanced relationship in the classroom.

You can book a virtual meeting with our Housemistress of Centenary, by clicking here

Alternatively, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email: admissions@doyrms.com.

 

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Pastoral Care and Boarding

Boarding lies at the heart of the school and we are committed to creating a home away from home, a comfortable environment and a friendly close-knit community.

Every child is encouraged to find and develop their strengths, be it in the classroom, on the sports field, in the music room or in the Boarding House. They learn about leadership and loyalty, tolerance and healthy competition, and they understand that they have to work hard and be fully committed to achieving their personal goals.

Boarding Life at DOYRMS

Our pastoral team comprises the following:

  • Assistant Principal (Boarding, Behaviour and Intervention) – Mr Jolyon Marsh
  • Designated Safeguarding Lead / RSM - Mr Andy Howell
  • Housemasters & Housemistresses
  • Deputy Housemasters & Housemistresses
  • Pastoral Leaders (Matrons)
  • Tutors

Parents have piece of mind knowing that house staff know and understand their students well. Students quickly feel a sense of belonging; they mature and develop in a nurturing environment, rise to new challenges and are able to confidently embrace every opportunity in a safe and secure environment.

Students enjoy constructive and positive relationships with the staff around them. They reported how they had developed trust with houseparents and felt that they could talk to them about anything. One student said, “The new housemaster is so awesome. He really listens to us.” Other students said, “Being 'Dukies' is like being in a big family that always looks after you". 

- Ofsted (April 2018)

 

Meet Our Heads of Academic Faculties 

Our superb facilities and fantastic teachers combine to encourage students to achieve academically. All classrooms are large, bright and well resourced. Each classroom boasts a large teaching screen and students are issued with their personal laptop.

State-of-the-art classrooms provide the perfect backdrop to enhanced, interactive and immersive teaching and learning resulting in DOYRMS being nationally recognised as being in the top 2% of Schools for GCSE progress 8.

Below you will find videos from our Heads of Academic Faculties where you will find out more about each subject offered at DOYRMS. 

Art & Photography

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Business Studies

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Computer Studies

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Drama

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Engineering

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English Language & Literature

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Food Preparation & Nutrition

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Humanities (Geography, History, Psychology & Religious Education)

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Mathematics

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Music

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Physical Education, Sport & Dance

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Science

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For more information about the subjects taught at GCSE, BTEC and A Level, please click the links below.

 
 
 
 

Alternatively, please email admissions@doyrms.com with any questions or queries. 

Outstanding Co-Curricular Opportunities

Dukies benefit from outstanding co-curricular opportunities including; Arts production (encompassing Drama, Dance and Music), Combined Cadet Force, ceremonial parades, The Duke of Edinburgh's Award, Music and Sport. 

In addition, the school offers over 80 clubs from which students can select the activities which they wish to pursue.

Co-Curricular Opportunities

A variety of exciting trips and expeditions throughout the year are available to students and include:

  • Weekend House Activities – such as trips to the cinema, bowling, Dover and Canterbury visits, Bluewater shopping centre and House dinners.
  • Academic Trips – range from science expeditions (to places such as CERN in Switzerland), theatre trips and  photography days out to maths workshops, cultural food trips and national competitions like The Maths Challenge and Young Consumer Competition.
  • Foreign Exchanges - to Spain and France as part of the Modern Foreign Languages curriculum.
  • Adventure training - All students from Year 7 to Year 13 are able to take part in adventure training during term-time and holidays; and all students embark on a progressive programme of outdoor activities enabling them to learn vital leadership and team building skills, overcoming challenges, confronting fears and developing important life skills. Students enjoy sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, raft building, high ropes course, trapeze, tree climbing, gorge walking, mountain biking, climbing, abseiling, and more.
  • International Expeditions - Every two years the school runs an international expedition. In 2019, students spent 21 days travelling through the South of India exploring and experiencing the wonderful scenery and culture. While there students volunteered in a local school and helped to construct a new school building. Our next adventure will be Ecuador; exploring the Amazonian rainforest and trekking the volcanoes of Laguna Quilotoa.

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If you wish to find out more about our co-curricular opportunities please email admissions@doyrms.com with any questions or queries.

Our Designated Medical Centre and Nurses

We are extremely proud of our on-site Medical Centre which provides students with an excellent level of care and is linked with a local GP Practice.

Set within a welcoming and comfortable environment, there are eight beds across three rooms along with treatment and a private consultation rooms accessible to all students.

Highly qualified Registered General Nurses assess, triage and treat a wide range of medical conditions, minor illness and sports injuries.

Our medical team is also fully supported by two medical administrators and visiting doctors from St James’ Surgery in Dover. 

If you wish to discuss any medical conditions or have questions for our Nurses, please click here to book a virtual meeting. Should you not find a suitable appointment, alternatively, you can email admissions@doyrms.com and a Nurse will get back to you.

Learning Support and SEND Provision

we endeavour to make available inclusive provision to ensure that all students, including those identified with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, can enjoy and benefit from a broad and balanced education with access to the National Curriculum at a suitable level, so that they may achieve their full potential.

Our teachers and staff work very hard in providing Quality First Teaching to give our students the best possible learning environment in class.

If you wish to discuss any Special Educational Needs or have questions for our SEND Team, please click here to book a virtual meeting. Should you not find a suitable appointment, alternatively, you can email admissions@doyrms.com.

Ready to Start Your Dukie Journey?

We are grateful for the time you have taken to visit our Virtual Open Morning event, this event will remain live throughout March and April should you wish to revisit at any time. 

If you are ready to begin your journey to becoming a Dukie, please complete the application forms which have been emailed to you. 

if you have not received these forms or you have any questions regarding our admissions process, please do not hesitate to email us: admissions@doyrms.com or call us: 01304 245023.

 

Book Your Personal Tour

If you are ready to come and visit us, we will be delighted to welcome you to our 150-acre parkland estate, situated on top of the White Cliffs of Dover. Please select a convenient day and time through our booking portal, available by clicking here.

 
 

Contact our Admissions Team

To discuss our admissions process or ask any questions you may have, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Email: admissions@doyrms.com

Phone: 01304 245023