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The Duke of York's Royal Military School

Guston, Dover, CT15 5EQ

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About us

Welcome to The Duke of York's Royal Military School

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Sixth Form is potentially one of the most crucial parts of a person’s education. It helps to define your personality and character; it’s a time when you’re discovering a sense of direction and purpose, and more importantly, a time when you’re beginning to allow your individuality to shine through.

At DOYRMS our sixth form students share common aims; to develop academic rigour, close friendships, career ambitions and independence in a caring and lively environment. The staff members who support them are passionate about ensuring that each and every student embraces a sense of possibility in what they can achieve, and has the ambition and confidence to drive themselves forward to be the best they can possibly be.

Being a Dukie is a very special credential to have in this competitive world, and past students are fully committed to developing a Dukie network with our current students through development of The Dukies’ Association and the Next Step Programme which makes sure every student is prepared for life beyond the School and able to achieve their future education and career ambitions. In addition to comprehensive UCAS and careers advice, the programme looks to go further in supporting the student's development for the 'Next Step'. The programme ranges from preparing a simple meal to generating links with industry, and looks to enhance the student's soft skills, that are so vital when seeking employment. The programme also offers support to parents, so they are in a position to help their child through this important period.


Our School motto is: "Looking forward with confidence, looking back with pride."

Potential Year 12 students, will need to achieve at least 5 GCSE passes at grade 5 with grade 6 in the subjects they wish to study. Some subjects require a higher grade as an entry requirement, as stated under subject information.


DOYRMS offers 80% academic scholarships to students that gain at least 8 GCSE passes including English and Mathematics, grade 7 or above in 5 or more GCSEs and can demonstrate an excellent behaviour record. A limited number of 50% scholarships are available for high achievers in sport, drama, music and military.

About us

In 1801, His Royal Highness Frederick Duke of York laid the foundation stone in Chelsea of what was to become The Duke of York's Royal Military School, a school for the children of military personnel. In 1908, the school relocated to its present site in Dover, Kent and in 2010, we became the first full state boarding academy, opening our doors to any family wishing to choose this unique and iconic school for their child’s secondary education.

KCC will bear the cost of education at the School and we are sponsored by the MOD which means the cost of some of our activities are either paid for or supported. Parents contribution will be the cost of boarding.

Centenary House offers superb en-suite accommodation for the Sixth Form and gives the students a greater opportunity for independence, whilst still providing the support they need in this vital phase of their education. In return, the House expects the students to set the highest personal standards; by working hard, contributing in all areas of House and School life, and becoming role models to the younger years.

Using our values of courage, integrity, respect, commitment, loyalty and self-discipline, our students are encouraged to apply these in everything they do, particularly in the classroom. Our students develop a level of maturity, resilience and are socially confident as a result of the Schools ethos and wealth of extra-curricular ventures. Students at the Duke of York's Royal Military School 'look forward with confidence and look back with pride'.



Why choose us for Sixth Form?

• Most students secure their first choice of University

• A personal tutor will offer help and advice throughout your course

• You will live and work in a friendly and supportive community

• There are opportunities to lead in all aspects of school life

• Sport, activities, CCF and outdoor pursuits complement academic study

• It is the perfect stepping stone to University

Student support

Additional support


Each member of the Sixth Form is allocated a tutor to assist them with their academic studies and preparation for life beyond the School. Tutor groups meet weekly to discuss progress and in addition, all tutors do a weekly evening duty in Centenary House, allowing for incredible academic support and mentoring.


You will enjoy excellent teaching from committed and skillful staff with a real enthusiasm for their subjects. It will be hard work - but it will also be exciting and highly rewarding.

What makes us different?

Facilities available

Our dedicated Sixth Form Centre, Centenary House is where our students studying for their A-Levels, have purpose built en-suite accommodation.


Centenary House has four members of staff whose living accommodation is attached to the boarding house, providing 24/7 support for the students. In addition, the house has two Pastoral Leaders on duty every day from 07.30 - 18.30 and one Pastoral Leader between the hours of 18.30 - 21.00. The role of the Pastoral Leader is varied; acting as a stand in parent, First Aider, Counsellor and giving guidance to all students. Centenary also has a team of tutors, with two tutors on duty every weekday 18.00 - 22.30 and from 13.00 - 22.30 at weekends. The vast majority of the tutor team is made up of teaching staff, giving incredible academic support for the students. The main social areas were specifically designed with large tables to help facilitate this and every day you will find students receiving extra tutoring and mentoring from the team.

In a busy boarding school environment, it is important that our students have the opportunity for some downtime. Centenary House has 4 large dayrooms (common rooms), each with SKY TV, comfortable seating and basic cooking facilities. The house holds regular activities at the weekends both on site and in the surrounding area.

Every Sixth Former holds at least one position of responsibility in the School whether as a mentor to the Junior and Senior Boarding Houses, as a Prefect or within our Ceremonial duty system.

The School provides a rich variety of opportunities outside of the classroom including; ceremonial parades, competitive sports fixtures, CCF, drama productions, Duke of Edinburgh, Model UN, debating, music ensembles and much more. Therefore every single student has a genuine opportunity to develop a passion outside of the classroom.


Our fantastic sports facilities include high-quality grass pitches, a floodlit AstroTurf, floodlit Olympic grade athletics track, indoor swimming pool, floodlit netball courts, a large fully equipped sports hall, full comercial fitness suite with an Olympic weights room, climbing wall, and squash courts.



The School has six full-time members of music staff and two visiting instrumental teachers. Their wide range of educational experience is enhanced by their professional musical expertise, including careers in the music services of HM forces, West End stage productions, the broadcasting and recording industries in addition to the Church. Whatever your musical passion, the Music Department will encourage you to achieve the best in your chosen artistic style.

Performing Arts

The School has a rich tradition in the Performing Arts and students have the opportunity to engage in a range of performances. Every year the School puts on a large production with recent shows including: the Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story and Cabaret. In addition, the School regularly performs at the Marlowe Theatre in association with the National Theatre Connections. There is also the annual Sixth Form pantomime, which is enjoyed by the whole School and allows many students to experience life on the stage for the first time.

Additional information

Learner success

Our A Level and BTEC results have been highly successful with 45% of exam results obtaining A* - B grades.

The pass rate obtained is 97%. We are particularly pleased 80% of students will be going to university to continue their education, 10% into the military and 10% employment.

Principal Alex Foreman said: “We have seen remarkable results and great progress this year with outstanding achievements in subjects such as Engineering where the average grade was the highest possible at Dist.*. This can be credited to our students thriving in our boarding environment, superb facilities and links to STEM resources through our extensive military connections. Other subjects with high level performances include History, Chemistry, Photography, and Performing Arts, demonstrating strength across all faculties. I’d like to congratulate all our students on an excellent set of results and wish them well in their chosen paths.”


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