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Welcome to Dover Grammar School for Boys

We are a school that welcomes external applications to its Sixth Form. We have a growing contingent of girls at Post-16 and are keen to see it grow still further.

What we ask of you is a firm commitment to fulfilling your intellectual potential and a keenness to contribute with your talents and energies to the life of a Sixth Form and to a School community more generally. If both those things are true of you, you will have two great years at DGSB.

About us

Dover Grammar School for Boys was founded in 1905 and has been on its current site overlooking the Castle and the Channel since 1932. Its unique buildings form part of the landscape of Dover and we are proud of our history. But we are a forward looking school committed to preparing our students for the 21st century, so you will see plenty of technology and modern facilities within the building. We are here to provide a high quality education for our students and to contribute to our local community.

Entry requirements for both internal and external applicants:
To gain a place, you will need to satisfy all three of the following criteria:
1) At least GCSE Grade C in both English Language and Maths.
2) At least GCSE Grade B in any subject (except Maths) to be studied at A-Level or at International  Baccalaureate Higher Level. For Maths, at least GCSE Grade A.
3) From your best six GCSE results, a total of at least 276 points according to the scale A*=58, A=52, B=46, C=40, D=34, E=28.
You will also be expected to attend the Sixth Form Induction Course that takes place at the end of June or beginning of July.
Applicants from other schools will be invited to visit the School individually for a discussion of their subject preferences.
Each student’s work is reviewed at the end of Year 12 and progress into Year 13 is dependent on satisfactory performance in the AS examinations.

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What we have to offer

The Sixth Form is the culmination of a student’s life in a secondary school and an opportunity to develop the qualities of personal integrity, consideration, awareness of the wider community and individual effectiveness. Academically, we seek to foster independent learning, self-reliance and teamwork. Most of our students will go on to university, and the aim is to prepare them for that next step in their education through encouraging them to take responsibility for their own learning and building confidence in managing their own lives.

Here is what you can expect from us:

  • a wide range of A-Level subjects arranged in combinations to suit the needs of students;
  • excellent, highly-qualified specialist teachers who have helped many previous Sixth Formers to obtain good results;
  • a specially-designed programme – HEdSTART – dedicated to helping students develop the necessary skills for Higher Education;
  • full advice and guidance on Careers and Higher Education in Year 12 followed by expert assistance in presenting your UCAS application in Year 13;
  • supervised Private Study as part of your timetable;
  • opportunity for private study and research using the well-resourced School Library;
  • enrichment by involvement in the larger life of the school (including music, drama, and sport) or by participation in activities within the local community, such as working with charities or with Primary Schools;
  • the right to stand for elected office within the Sixth Form Students’ Association;
  • leadership challenges such as serving as a School Prefect, mentoring younger students, or taking part in a Young Enterprise project;
  • above all, intellectual stimulation and personal growth in a challenging and congenial environment.

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Life & Work in the Sixth Form If you elect to pursue your education here, in a School Sixth Form, in preference to some other choice, that decision will be taken to imply acceptance of the academic package we offer and all that goes with it.

You will have a measure of both freedom and responsibility, on the expectation that you will have become more mature and more able to function like an adult.  Indeed, during the course of the Sixth Form, you will become an adult in the eyes of the law.  The relationship between teachers and students may be more relaxed and co-operative, but this always relies on students conducting themselves sensibly and courteously.  Such things should become second nature.  In the Sixth Form, you will have periods of non-contact time which you will be expected to manage responsibly for purposes of self-directed study and research.  Some of this time will be supervised by staff in order to help you acquire the right habits.  Homework will increasingly involve longer-term projects alongside assignments to be completed within the week.  There is no fixed homework timetable, but we look to every student to be putting in 20 hours’ work each week outside the classroom, irrespective of how much is actually set.

Expectations regarding work rate and attendance are high, and are monitored regularly by the Head and Deputy Head of Sixth Form, by Form Tutors and by subject teachers.  Failure to meet these expectations can result in the withdrawal of exit privileges or even of examination entry, but we find that the overwhelming majority of our students see very clearly the folly of running any such risk and conduct themselves in the self-responsible manner which one looks for in senior students.

In the belief that regulation at this level should exist only in support of crucial academic and personal values, we are currently operating an experimental Sixth Form dress code which imposes no requirements at all upon students beyond the obvious criteria of safety, decency, hygiene and cleanliness.  The School’s Governing Body will decide early in the New Year whether this policy merits continuation.  So far, however, it is fair to say that the Sixth Form have responded to their new sartorial freedom with pleasing maturity.

Students are invited during Years 11 and 12 to apply to become prefects.  Those appointed will receive certain privileges in exchange for the very considerable extra responsibilities and workload they take on in assisting the staff during lunch and break times and in representing the School on other occasions.  Becoming a prefect provides opportunities for leadership and helps students to mature through learning to deal with what can sometimes be challenging situations.

Learner success

The A Level Programme

If you decide to opt for A-Levels it is advisable to choose subjects which will work well together for you, bearing always in mind your future study and career intentions.

In some cases, a particular combination of subjects will be an absolute requirement for a university course.  Engineering, for instance, will require both Maths and Physics (though not, as sometimes believed, Design Technology).  Some university courses (Maths, English, History etc) cannot usually be accessed without an A-Level in the subject itself; in others (Law, Economics) that will not be a deal-breaker.  Sometimes, however, another subject is surprisingly required – what most Economics departments will want you to have is Maths.  In the classic case of Medicine, Biology (most people’s intuitive idea of the most closely-related subject) will not necessarily be essential; Chemistry, however, will.  In addition, definitions of subject groupings will sometimes vary.  Medical courses generally stipulate “Chemistry plus another Science” (or another two), but they will count Maths as a Science.  Sports Science courses will do likewise, but may also count Psychology.

The above are just examples of issues on which university applicants need to make sure they are thoroughly informed.  The key message is: research properly, by paying careful attention to each university’s published admissions criteria, and also by consulting the relevant teaching staff at School, and in particular Mr Hunt.

Whatever subjects you choose, however, you need to remember that a strong performance at AS-Level is crucial, since those are the only results you will be able to show at the moment when you are asking universities to consider you.  Be aware also that dropping one of your four subjects in Year 13 is unlikely to be a good plan – although in principle a university place can be gained with three A-Levels, most of your competitors for the same places will have at least one more.


  • Art & Design (Fine Art)
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Economics
  • English Literature
  • Film Studies
  • Geography
  • History
  • ICT
  • Mathematics and Further Mathematics
  • Media Studies
  • Modern Languages (French, German or Spanish)
  • Music
  • Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
  • Physical Education
  • Physics
  • Product Design
  • Psychology
  • Sociology


How to apply

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Last updated date: 23 November 2017
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