Dover Court International School

Dover Court International School (DCIS) is an international school in Singapore. Founded in 1972, DCIS delivers the English National Curriculum and IBDP to 1650 students between the ages of 3 and 18. Over 60 nationalities are represented in the school, with the majority of teachers coming from the United Kingdom. In 2015, DCIS registered with the Committee for Private Education of Singapore and since April 2014[1] it is part of the Nord Anglia Education group of schools.[2]

Dover Court International School
301 Dover Road

PrincipalMr. Christopher Short
EnrollmentApproximately 1650
HousesJurong, Kranji, Newton, Ubin
Color(s)Teal, white
Athletics conferenceACSIS, FOBISIA
AccreditationIPC: International Primary Curriculum, IB World School, CIS: Council of International Schools, Edexcel, FOBISIA


Dover Court International School was founded in 1972 as Dover Court Preparatory School by Ernest Alliott. The campus was established in April 1972 on Dover Road, in the former Officer’s Mess of the Royal Corps of Signals, constructed by the British military in 1952. Dover Court Preparatory School was first registered with the Ministry of Education of Singapore in 1972, owned and managed by International Preparatory Schools (Pte) Ltd, later known as Dover Court Preparatory School (Pte) Ltd. Both the school and the company were founded by the late chairman, Alliott, who previously had been a British Government Headmaster in Singapore.

Under Maureen Roach, principal from the 1990 to 2015 the school developed its department for supportive education. The school is still known in Singapore for its inclusive approach to learning and the Department of Supportive Education is extensive and well-regarded.[3][4][5]

In April 2014, the school changed ownership and became part of the Nord Anglia Education family of schools.[2]

The school underwent an extensive refurbishment project during the 2014 summer period. In September 2014, the school changed its name from Dover Court Preparatory School to Dover Court International School. In 2016, Christopher Short was appointed Principal. In January 2018, the school was awarded the Outstanding Senior Leadership Team of the Year prize at The British International School Awards.[6] In September 2018 Year Group Leader Ms Monica Dolan was announced as the winner of the Future Leaders Category at BritCham's 19th Annual Business Awards.[7] Dover Court International School was also awarded the UK Impact in Singapore prize in October 2019 at the BritCham's 20th Annual Business Awards.[8] [9]

Dover Court International School started with just 25 students and has over the years had a steady pattern of growth and development and the current number of students is approximately 1650.


Dover Court International School is located on Dover Road in district 05 in Central Singapore. DCIS sits on a leafy green site of over 12 acres in the educational district of Dover, near several other educational institutions. The campus has been refurbished in recent years and has extensive outdoor facilities including a running track, a grass football pitch, basket- and netball courts, a six lane 25 metre swimming pool, a shallow learning pool, a sensory garden and several playgrounds. The school comprises specialist suits for science, music, design technology, art drama, a radio studio, a TV recording studio along with therapy suits. Its new Secondary building opened in August 2019.


Dover Court International School teaches the English National Curriculum, adapted for an international setting. Nursery and Reception follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. Key Stage 1: Year 1 and 2, and Key Stage 2: Year 3, 4, 5 and 6 follow the English National Curriculum along with the International Primary Curriculum. Students in Year 10 and 11 sit the iGCSE and in the Sixth Form the International Baccalaureate is offered.

All Primary School students have daily Mandarin lessons and in Secondary School the students are able to choose between French, Mandarin and Spanish.

Through Nord Anglia Education, DCIS is part of a network with 60 schools across the globe and the students are able to connect and learn with 50,000 NAE students as part of the Global Campus programme. The STEAM subjects at Dover Court International School are supported by a collaboration with MIT.[10] The school also offers a music curriculum developed by The Juilliard School. In early 2015, the Juilliard - Nord Anglia Performing Arts Program was developed by Juilliard in collaboration with Nord Anglia Education.[11] This enabled Dover Court International School's students to be a part of the first 10 schools to pilot the program alongside other schools in Washington, Prague, Shanghai and Thailand, among other cities.

In 2018, Dover Court International School partnered the Asian Business Aviation Association (AsBAA) to launch a science, technology, engineering, and math program that took students on a tour to Jet Aviation.[12]


Dover Court International School has several competitive sports teams: football, netball, basketball, rugby, touch rugby, swimming, cross country, athletics, indoor cricket and Gaelic football. DCIS is part of the Athletics Conference Singapore International Schools, ACSIS[13] and participates also in international sports events through the Federation of British International Schools in Asia, FOBISIA.[14]

DCIS has an active music department with a school orchestra and several choirs, together with the drama department annual musicals are produced. In May 2018 a DCIS student won the Best Drama and Best Special Effects awards in the Across Asia Youth Film Festival (AAYFF) with his film War Photographer.[15] The film The Clutches of the Curtain, created by a group of DCIS IB students won the Special Effects Prize at the 2019 Across Asia Youth Film Festival (AAYFF). [16]

There are annual residential trips for all year groups from Year 3 and above, as well as opportunities to participate in expeditions to the Swiss Alps and Tanzania. Students also participate in the United Nations High Level Politician Forum in New York, a Global Orchestra for Nord Anglia students held at The Juilliard School and in annual STEAM workshops at MIT.


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