Duke of York's Royal Military School
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Duke of York's Royal Military School
CT15 5EQ
11 - 18
Academy sponsor led
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5+ GCSEs grade 9-4 (standard pass or above) including English and maths
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The Duke of York’s Royal Military School opened as an academy in September 2010. Prior to this the school was an independent boarding school. Both this school and its predecessor have strong links with the military. Many governors and staff have military connections and around 70% of students come from families with close military connections, including parents, carers and family members who are currently on active service. All students are part of the Combined Cadet Force, and there are regular student parades of the whole school. Military music is an important part of school life and 90 students form a full military marching band which leads parades and other ceremonial events. The school is small. All students are boarders. An unusually high proportion of students start at the school after the major intake in Year 7 and many have experienced disruptions to their education. About half of the students in the sixth form joined the school after obtaining their GCSE examinations. Students come from a range of different backgrounds. The largest group is White British, but other groups include Nepalese and students of African heritage. Just under one in five students speaks English as an additional language. An above average proportion of students are identified as requiring additional help with their learning, but few have a statement of special educational needs. Around half of the students are eligible for the service pupil premium funding. This is for the children of parents or carers who have been in military service within the last six years. In addition, a very few students are eligible for pupil premium because their families are experiencing financial hardship. The school meets the government’s floor standards, which set the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress. The school does not routinely enter students early for GCSE examinations.

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Our heat maps use groups of postcodes, not individual postcodes, and have naturally soft edges. All pupils are included in the mapping (i.e. children with siblings already at the school, high priority pupils and selective and/or religious admissions) but we may have removed statistical ‘outliers’ with more remote postcodes that do not reflect majority admissions.

For some schools, the heat map may be a useful indicator of the catchment area but our heat maps are not the same as catchment area maps. Catchment area maps, published by the school or local authority, are based on geographical admissions criteria and show actual cut-off distances and pre-defined catchment areas for a single admission year.

This information is provided as a guide only. The areas from which pupils are admitted to a school can change from year to year to reflect the number of siblings and pupils admitted under high priority admissions criteria.

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  1. Look at our school catchment area guide for more information on heat maps. They give a useful indicator of the general areas that admit pupils to the school. This visualisation is based on all attending pupils present at the time of the annual School Census.
  2. Use the link to the Local Authority Contact (above) to find catchment area information based on a single admission year. This is very important if you are considering applying to a school.
  3. On each school page, use the link to visit the school website and find information on individual school admissions criteria. Geographical criteria are only applied after pupils have been admitted on higher priority criteria such as Looked After Children, SEN, siblings, etc.

Duke of York's Royal Military School Reviews

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“Great school”
"> The school very kindly accepted my son who is in a wheelchair. The care and support they have given him has been amazing. They have taken a child who could have 'gone into himself' and given him confidence and the will to believe he can achieve great things, which I think he now will. I rate this school as excellent.
“Son very happy”
"> My son is just completing his first year (Yr 7) at the Duke of York's and I can say that he is very happy and has become very motivated since joining the school. All good so far!
"> A school that helped shape my future, and gave me life long friends. I continue to have very fond memories of my time at the school. #SonsOfTheBrave
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