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Dover Court International School
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550 pupils, ages 11-18 | Mixed | Day

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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 secondary school shares a grassy 12-acre campus with the junior school (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 teenagers to let off steam – 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). It’s non-selective but, at secondary level, children sit an online CAT4 test to give teachers an idea of academic potential.

Dover Court Academics

Dover Court has three learning pathways. The majority of pupils follow the English National Curriculum through to IGCSEs; 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 year groups but although it’s available in Year 9 for existing students, new students who need EAL can’t join the programme after Year 8. There is a reasonable selection of IGCSE subjects: maths, English and science are the only core ones; everything else is optional. Until Year 7, when French is added, Mandarin is the only language offered. Spanish is an option from Year 9 onwards.

Co-curricular

As in the primary school, music and performing arts are big. 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 here has come on massively and all the usual disciplines are offered (although they field fewer teams than some of the bigger schools, so only the strongest pupils 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 DofE, art, mindfulness, yoga, arts and crafts, dodgeball, poetry, journalism and newspaper club – means there’s something for everyone.

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 pupils 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.
  • University Destinations



    Last year's leavers went off to a variety of university destinations, including England, Scotland, Australia, the Netherlands and Ireland.
  • Sports

    Athletics
    Basketball
    Cross country
    Netball
    Rugby
    Soccer
    Swimming
    Volleyball
    Football
  • Fees

    Day fees per annum
    From 33,561.00 Singapore Dollars to 35,067.00 Singapore Dollars







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  • SEND


    This school currently delivers the following interventions to pupils in class and outside class to support their learning, health and/or physical needs:
    In Secondary school, they offer students the opportunity to access a range of iGCSE courses as well as alternative courses that focus on English, Mathematics as well as life skills and employability through ASDAN programmes and vocational qualifications such as the International BTEC Level 1 in Business. ASDAN is widely recognised as an engaging curriculum that empowers students through personalised learning and choice. The courses motivate and enhance students' confidence, self-esteem and resilience. In addition, students develop core skills in teamwork, communication, problem solving, research and self-management.

  • 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.
  • School Updates

    • VISIT: Dover Court's YouTube Channel

    • WATCH: Matt, Science Teacher and Year 11 Progress Leader at DCIS

    • WATCH: Meet Aini, IBDP Student in the Sixth Form at DCIS

    • WATCH: Dover Court Campus

    • WATCH: Welcome to Dover Court

    • Nord Anglia's tech-enabled learning and development programme achieves global accolade for third year running

Essentials

Address
301 Dover Road, Singapore 139644

Contact
admissions@dovercourt.edu.sg
(+65) 6775 7664

Website
nordangliaeducation.com/our-schools/singapore

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