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The Duke of York’s Royal Military School

The Duke of York's Royal Military School (DOYRMS) is not a disciplinary school.  It is a modern mainstream school with a rich military ethos and heritage. The word 'Military' in the School's title denotes the long-standing connection that the school has with the British Armed Forces, enabling the children of serving personnel to have a stable education during their parent's regular postings. 

Established in 1803, the school began at what is now the Saatchi gallery in London. Originally co-educational, the School became all boys in 1825 at which point full Regimental Colours were awarded to the School by King George the IV.  The move to Dover happened in 1909. Originally educating children from forces families to join the military, the school changed in the 1960s, when it was brought in line with independent schools (sport, prep, Saturday morning schooling) and children from military families were encouraged to go to University. 

In 1994 the School welcomed girls back and in 2010 it became an academy, sponsored by the Ministry of Defence.  There is no longer any need to join the Military from the School and Dukies go into many diverse careers.

We offer a traditional syllabus of GCSEs and A-Levels. We pride ourselves on being a non-selective egalitarian school, which offers a fully rounded education developing character and resilience in our students. 

DOYRMS has its own RSM, who overseas the traditional ceremonial aspects of the school, and takes students for Drill and Parade. Part of his role focuses on encouraging Dukie leadership, and organising trips away such as Borneo and the Himalayas. The School also has a Director of Military Music, who is in charge of a 70 strong student military band.  

DOYRMS is a state boarding school which means that education is provided for free by the state. Parents only pay for the boarding costs. We welcome applications from students who hold a British or Irish passport or have leave to remain in the UK.

Admissions contact
Boys / Co-Ed / Girls

The country’s only state Co- Ed
Boarding School

Age range

11-18 years

Type of exam

Non Selective

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