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The Duke of York’s Royal Military School is a co-educational secondary school in Dovermarker, Kentmarker, open to pupils whose parents are serving or have served in any branch of the armed services at any rank. The school is an executive agency of the Ministry of Defence.


The Duke of York’s Royal Military School was founded in 1803 by Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of York and Albany, son of King George III and Queen Charlotte and Commander-in-Chief of the British Army. The school was originally named the Royal Military Asylum and located at Chelsea, Londonmarker. In 1892 the RMA was renamed The Duke of York's Royal Military School and, in 1909, moved to new premises constructed on the cliffs of Dovermarker, Kentmarker, United Kingdom. The RMA was founded as an establishment to deal with many orphans of the armed forces during the years 1793-1815 from during conflict between Britain and Revolutionary France. The RMA was modeled on the Royal Hibernian Military School (1769-1924) with which it merged in 1924, and based on a monitorial system of education.

Sports facilities

Pupils are well provided for, and the school has a strong sporting culture. The 150 acres (607,000 m²) of land provides more than enough room for, among others, a full size athletics track, astroturf, swimming pool, indoor squash courts, gymnasium and dozens of full size grass pitches for rugby union and cricket.

Boarding houses

The school is currently divided into nine Houses. Until the school became coeducational in 1994, only eight boarding houses existed and these were subdivided into two junior (Haig and Alanbrooke male and female respectively) and seven senior ( Kitchener, Roberts, Wolseley, Wellington, Clive, Wolfe and Marlborough) houses.

(Haig and Kitchener) houses were re-modelled in the 1960s to hold 4 dorms instead of the traditional and usual 3, the extra room being built onto the end of the house past the bootroom and toilets. These extensions included a laundry room, the dorm itself, a shower area, the Deputy Housemaster's room and a second multi-use room. The long, open dormitories were remodelled in the mid 1980s with more private cubicles and the multi-use room was modified to contain 3 extra cubicles.

As part of the preparation for coeducational status, the former sanatorium was converted into a ninth boarding house, Alanbrooke. This was initially a mixed-age house housing all of the school's female pupils. As additional girls arrived over successive years, Marlborough was converted to a senior girls house. The male incumbents were moved into Kitchener which then became a senior boys house. The intake of male junior school pupils was, of necessity, reduced at this time due to the limited space available to convert into additional bedspaces in Haig.

Wolfe and Clive houses have also since been converted to female houses for the Senior School girls, Alanbrooke being used exclusively for the Junior School girls.
House Name House Colour Gender Age
Alanbrooke Jade Green Female Junior
Haig Light Blue Male Junior
Clive Green Female Senior
Marlborough Jade Green Female Senior
Wolfe Yellow Female Senior
Roberts Black Male Senior
Kitchener Blue Male Senior
Wellington Light Blue Male Senior
Wolseley red male Senior

The Military Band

The Duke of York's Military Band has performed at;

School Hymn

Sons of the Brave

Oh LORD, Thy Banner floateth o'er us,Beneath its folds we stand and sing,In Majesty go Thou before us,Our Saviour Christ! Our Captain-King,Sons of the Brave! our hearts now hail TheeBravest of all! and cry to TheeOh LORD, make us Thy faithful soldiers,And lead us on - to Victory!

We come to Thee, who in Thy meeknessDid once our boyhood's perils faceThat Thou might know our wants and weakness,And all our need of help and grace,Sons of the Brave! we would be worthyOf this our name in fight for TheeOh LORD, make us Thy faithful soldiers,And lead us on - to Victory!

We come to Thee for Thine assistance,Our foes are fierce - the battle longAlone, how feeble our resistance!With Thee beside us we are strong.Sons of the Brave we know can never,Uplift a prayer unheard by TheeOh LORD, make us Thy faithful soldiers,And lead us on - to Victory!

We come to ask Thee that Thy blessingMay rest on comrades far away,May they each day, Thy Name confessing,Still find in Thee their strength and stay.Sons of the Brave! may all be gathered,Bravest of all at last to TheeOh LORD, with all Thy faithful soldiersGive us the palm of Victory!


The pupils are well known for their high school spirit which continues well after school through a strong Old Boys (and now Girls also) network. It is common for pupils generations apart to socialise with each other as if they had grown up together. This can be particularly useful when travelling as the school's unique background has resulted in a wide spread of ex pupils across the globe. There are particularly high concentrations in Australia and Hong Kongmarker.


The School celebrated its bi-centenary in 2001–02. It held a commemorative service at Christmas in 2001 as well as a special Parade at the end of 2002, where it received new colours from HRH Duke of York, who also acted as inspecting officer on the parade. Select pupils of the then years 7+8 were involved in the re-enactment of the founding of the Royal Asylum at Chelsea.

The school celebrates the centenary of its move to Dover in 2009 and amongst many special events it is hosting a reception at the House of Lords, a march through Dover followed by Drum Head Service, a drama production of Romeo and Juliet and several concerts. Current pupils will be treated to a day of forced supposed fun activities and BBQ in the Summer term (it rained).


Until 1999 the School's headmasters were all serving military officers. Since then there have been two civilian headmasters. The school also has a Regimental Sergeant Major among its staff whose primary role is to enforce military standards and discipline, which includes ceremonial duties.

  • Regimental Colour - the School has its own "stand of Colours". The School Colour is "trooped" annually.
  • School Quick March: Sons Of The Brave
  • School Slow March: The Duke Of York
  • School Song: "Play Up Dukies"
  • School Hymn: "Sons of the Brave"
  • School March off: "Marchin' through Georgia"

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