duke of york summer school

Duke of York School is a large campus in the countryside just outside the historic port town of Dover and within sight of the famous Norman castle that protects the port. The school is 200 years old but has extremely modern facilities including the new junior accommodation buildings and a state-of-the-art theatre. There are also huge playing fields, a beautiful Edwardian swimming pool and a terrific sports hall.

This centre is perfect for younger students, allowing them to feel comfortable in the multi-bedded dorms making new friends and learning from each other from different cultures. Older students will also benefit from the wide range of facilities the school has to offer including their fitness gym and can take advantage of smaller en-suite rooms if desired.

The programme takes full advantage of the superb facilities while offering weekly full day excursions to popular destinations in the area such as London and Brighton. Half day excursions allow customers the opportunity to visit a wide range of local attractions.

Our standard accommodation is within two buildings Junior Boarding House and the Crescent Houses. The Junior boarding houses were opened in 2014 and provide a purpose-built boarding environment. Accommodation in these houses offers spacious, comfortable dormitories, each with a common area and shared bathroom. Each boarding house also has a large common room equipped with sofas, TVs and study areas.

Accommodation is also available within the Crescent Houses. These recently refurbished houses each provide 3 to 6 students sharing a room with shared bathrooms and a large and comfortable common room between wings, so they are perfect for groups that would prefer to stay together.

Great Facilities
New Accommodation
Traditional School

Junior programme

8-10 year olds

This special course for groups of children from 8 years old provides a fun way to learn English in a safe environment and focuses on learning through classes, discovery activities, along with sports, excursions and arts and crafts for students to enjoy.

Free Climbing

Try climbing for the first time or learn a new wall at Duke of York. Learn the ropes with a professional instructor and experience new heights.

Classic COURSE OVERVIEW – all programmes

Our summer English courses are designed to give students the opportunity to practise their English in a friendly, multicultural environment. Students are actively encouraged to practise their English with students from other nationalities, both in class and outside. We concentrate on raising their confidence and fluency, and bringing out the English they already know, but can’t yet use.

About our courses:

  • Five levels from Elementary to Advanced
  • All students are tested on arrival to grade their spoken and written English to place them in the class of the correct level
  • 15 hours of teaching per week from qualified teachers including project work to allow them to use their English creatively and learn more about British culture and history
  • A certificate on completion of their course
  • Full activity programme including 5 afternoon activities and 7 evening activities
  • One half day excursion to local towns and cities
  • One full day excursion to more prominent towns and cities further away

All courses include the above.


Half Day excursions may include: Canterbury, Dover Castle, Margate

Full day excursions may include: London, Brighton, Cambridge

Optional excursions may include: Leeds Castle, London, Brighton

Sample Activity Programme

duke of york school sample programme

Key Facts:

Highlights: Modern facilities and close to London
Location: Dover
Nearest Big Cities: Canterbury and London
Closest Airports: Gatwick and Heathrow
Other Travel Options: Close to Eurotunnel and Dover Ferry Port
Services Included: 24 hour Welfare and Student Support, WIFI and small laundry service
Staff to Student Ratio: 1:8
School Size: 220 students per week
Age Range: 8-10 year olds. 11-14 year olds. 15-17 year olds
Full board accommodation is included as standard

Courses Available

Classic Course
Junior programme for group students
FREE guided Climbing experience for each student

Student Testimonials

"Next summer I would like to stay 3 weeks."
Prior Park College
"I love this school. My favourite excursion is Brighton."
Royal Russell School
"People are very friendly and polite. Students are my new friends. I’ll come here next year, if it’s possible."
Prior Park College
"It [the food] was so yummy and if I could I want to come back next year."
Royal Russell School
"I love the excursions and the activities."
Prior Park College
"It was really cool! You are a very nice team."
Royal Russell School
"I had 2 amazing weeks. Thanks for everything."
Royal Russell School
"I like the teachers and the staff."
Prior Park College
"It’s a relaxing, enjoyable and meaningful stay because I know a lot of teachers and friends."
Royal Russell School

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