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Dover Court International School Singapore, Singapore 3 - 18
Dover Court International School
700 pupils, ages 7-11 | Mixed | Day

Upper Primary

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This inclusive, all-through co-ed with a community feel began as a British prep school in the 1970s and, in 2014, it was taken over by the Nord Anglia Education group. With a strong sibling policy and first-class teaching, Dover Court International School Singapore stands out for its supportive, nurturing approach.

Where is Dover Court International School?

Built on what was once an officers’ mess for the Royal Corps of Signals, the primary and secondary schools share a grassy 12-acre campus (each has its own playground) on the Dover Road ‘educational corridor’ (there are several international schools along here, so expect a bit of congestion during drop-off).

The exterior of the low-rise buildings lacks aesthetic appeal but don’t fret: there was a big renovation programme in 2019, which means that inside you’ll find light airy classrooms and modern add-ons such as the dance studio and music-technology room. We love the outdoorsy feel of Dover Court International School and the sheer amount of green space there is for children to run around – refreshingly, this doesn’t feel one jot like a penned-in city campus – just one of the many reasons why it's so popular among parents seeking international schooling in Singapore.

The Headmaster at Dover Court

New head Richard Dyer takes up the reins fresh from another Nord Anglia outpost, The British International School Budapest. Mr Dyer is no stranger to international schooling – he’s worked at six different British international schools across South East Asia and Europe during his career so far. He’s also presented at a number of global education conferences, whilst still making time for a role as an inspector for the UK’s International Schools Inspectorate.

The Admissions Process at Dover Court

There’s a rolling waiting list by date of application, with sibling priority. Often parents will enrol one child here for the excellent SEN provision but, in keeping with its all-encompassing family ethos, the school hopes that all siblings will join (to encourage this, the application fee is per family rather than per child). The school is non-selective, so at primary level children are only assessed if they need EAL.

Dover Court Academics

Dover Court has three learning pathways. The majority of children follow the English National Curriculum, with elements of the topic- and theme-based International Primary Curriculum woven in; the second pathway is the same but taught in smaller classes of up to 10, so there is much more individual support. The third option is a more specialised, skills-based curriculum for those with SEN, involving individual learning plans, counselling and lots of OT, physiotherapy and speech and language therapy where needed. Whichever pathway children are on, the amount of support and commitment from teachers is huge, ensuring that everyone can reach their full potential. An EAL programme runs across all Primary year groups.


Music and performing arts are well-loved here. Being part of Nord Anglia means that the music curriculum was developed in association with The Juilliard School in New York (after which the performing-arts centre is named). There’s also a new black-box theatre and drama studio, and a lovely creative space called The Yard for DT – pupils can pop in between lessons to work on projects under supervision.

Since the secondary school opened, sport has come on in leaps and bounds and all the usual disciplines are offered (although they field fewer teams than some of the bigger schools, so only the strongest children compete in tournaments). Dover Court is in the FOBISIA (Federation of British International Schools in Asia) and the ACSIS (Athletics Conference of Singapore International Schools), and brings home its share of trophies and glory. The major highlight (other than all the green space) is the full-size grass football pitch, encircled by an athletics track – a serious boon in Singapore.

A good spread of extracurricular – including art, mindfulness, yoga, arts and crafts, dodgeball, poetry, journalism and newspaper club – means there’s something for everyone (note: not all activities are offered to every year group).

School community

The community here is the backbone of Dover Court – and what makes it a really special addition to the Singapore schooling system. New starters are welcomed with a family buddy as well as individual pupil buddies, and children make friends easily across all three learning pathways. The 60 nationalities across the school – including British, Australian, Japanese and Korean – reflect the inclusive vibe (40 per cent of teachers are from the UK, the rest from far and wide across the globe). Lots of social events too (barbecues, quiz nights), arranged by the parents’ Dover Court Association.

And finally....

Dover Court might not be as slick in appearance as some other international schools (and it’s definitely not a hothouse), but for those seeking a strong community feel and teachers who go above and beyond, it is an absolute winner.


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  • Admissions

    Applications are accepted throughout the year, for both the current year and future academic years. They do not operate an annual application system. Once you have applied you will remain on the list until either you are offered a place or you ask to withdraw from the list. Completed applications should be sent to the relevant email address, along with your application fee.
  • Languages and bilingual streams


  • Destination Schools

    Transition between the Upper Primary School and the Secondary School is seamless.
  • Sports

    Cross country
    Touch rugby, Football
  • Fees

    Day fees per annum
    From 32,163.00 Singapore Dollars to 32,163.00 Singapore Dollars

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  • Transport Links

    Nearest underground station: Dover (EW line) and Buona Vista (EW line)
    Nearest international airport: Singapore Changi Airport
  • FAQs

    What is Dover Courts' speciality?

    Many people sign up to Dover Court based on its SEN programme, allowing students to flourish through the highest quality teaching to ensure growth in a supportive environment.

    How many students go to Dover Court School?

    There are currently approximately 1,750-day students undertaking British-based curriculum studies, working towards iGCSEs, IB Diplomas and BTEC qualifications.

    What is the uniform like at Dover Court International School?

    The uniform at Dover Court International School is simple and includes a short-sleeved pinstriped shirt with a tie. Boys will be seen wearing light grey suit trousers, whilst girls sport a matching grey knee-length A-line skirt.


301 Dover Road, Singapore, 139644

(+65) 6775 7664



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