20 JAN 2017

Meeting the new head of high-achieving school

I met the new headteacher at high-achieving Dover Grammar School for Girls.

Pupils achieved outstanding A-Level results in 2016, with 71.6 per cent of grades coming in at B or above.

New headteacher Robert Benson, previously deputy head of Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School in Faversham, took over from Matthew Bartlett in October.

He told me he wants to carry on his predecessor's good work, as well as see the standard of facilities match that of exam results.

It was a real pleasure to be shown around the school – a shining example of the brains and brilliance of young people in this area.But they need investment in their old buildings, so they are in an environment that reflects their ability.

The school is having difficulty getting planning permission because of the confined nature of the site and its listed structures. They want to replace old mobile classrooms with a new science block and sixth form centre.

Mr Benson is clearly focused on securing this and it was refreshing to hear his vision for the school. I will do all I can to help make their case for investment.


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