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Armed Forces education at England's only military school

Principal Alex Foreman welcomes the military-style review of education proposed by the Government

Posted by Charley Rogers | April 06, 2018 | School life

The Duke of York’s Royal Military School, near Dover, was established in 1803 and is now an academy for boys and girls. While many of the students have parents currently serving in the Armed Forces, the school is open to all weekly and full-time boarders aged 11 to 18.

Mr Foreman said: “While academic results are important, so are the life skills, good values and attitude of young people entering an adult world. We equip our students with more than knowledge as our military ethos permeates across the curriculum and all activities. This develops character and resilience through respect, commitment, integrity, self-discipline, courage and loyalty. All students, whatever their abilities, are encouraged to achieve their full potential.” 

“The school’s aim of ‘looking forward with confidence – looking back with pride’ contains a powerful message about collaborating effectively to ensure the best education for all young people.”

“Our students take part in prestigious national ceremonial events such as Remembrance Day along with military celebrations and commemorations here and abroad. In recent years, we have been visited by HRH Prince Harry and the British Army’s Chief of the General Staff Sir Nicholas Carter.”

We equip our students with more than knowledge as our military ethos permeates across the curriculum and all activities. – Alex Foreman, Principal, DOYRMS

“We also have a strong Combined Cadet Force which gives students so many opportunities with adventure trips away that require team work and leadership skills. On top of this we have a magnificent 90-strong Marching Band and we celebrate our historical military traditions with a full Trooping the Colour ceremony on Grand Day. Students wear the cap badge of a family member who has served in the armed forces on their dress blues. It’s called their ‘heart badge’ and is a poignant recognition of their own family's military heritage.”

Ofsted grades the school, set in 150 acres of Kent countryside, as ‘Good’ in all areas with more than 80% of students securing their first or second choice of university.

In recent years, the school has benefitted from a £24.9 million refurbishment which has included a new sports centre with a gym and climbing wall, high-quality accommodation, teaching blocks and a performing arts centre.

Mr Foreman joined the school as Principal in January 2017 from the mixed 450-pupil King’s School at Mansergh Barracks, British Forces Germany, where he was Headteacher.

For more information, visit www.doyrms.com. 

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