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Posted on: 23/03/2018

Appointment of New Headteacher

Dover Grammar School for Boys is delighted to name the new headteacher who will take over from Mrs Fiona Chapman in September of this year. Mr Philip Horstrup, currently Deputy Headteacher at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls was selected after a lengthy and rigorous application process and will take over at the helm of DGSB in the new school year. Mr Horstrup arrives at Dover Boys with a wealth of experience in selective education in Kent and Medway after five years as Deputy Headteacher in the county town. Having helped Maidstone Grammar School for Girls achieve Ofsted “Outstanding” status in 2009 – an accolade that it still holds – Mr Horstrup says that he is excited about the future for DGSB. Following his appointment, he commented, “I am honoured to have been chosen to lead Dover Boys’ Grammar School into the next, exciting stage of its existence. The school represents everything that is good about education in our county and I am looking forward immensely to working with such a committed staff and able and enthusiastic students. I consider it a privilege to have the opportunity to lead such a wonderful institution, which is such an important part of the local community.” Chair of Governors, Les Craggs, said how pleased he was with the school’s appointment. Mr Craggs said “The Governing Body is unanimous in its belief that Mr Horstrup is the right person to head up our school over the coming period.” Mr Horstrup joins DGSB at an exciting time in its existence, with extensive building projects on the horizon. He speaks of his desire to cement the school’s position as the first choice school for boys in the Dover area.  
Posted on: 21/11/2017

DGSB Remembrance Day Service, Friday 10th November 2017

DGSB Remembrance Day Service, Friday 10th November 2017 Friday 10th November saw the annual service of remembrance in the school hall.  This year’s theme was that of ‘Sacrifice’ – a poignant and symbolic recognition of the effects of war. The service opened with Joe Wardhaugh on the piano.  Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’ echoed around the hall, as ‘a mournful ghostly voice sounds from the distance’ – a moving and apt personification of historic sorrow. A video created by Media student John Wyatt accompanied the piano piece, reinforcing the modern relevance of ‘sacrifice’ in today’s society. Ahead of the DGSB CCF contingent parading into the school hall, John McCrae’s ‘In Flanders Fields’ was touchingly read by Henry Wheeler, a poem written out of McCrae’s personal loss during WWI, emphasising and reminding us all of the loss of a nation.  This sentiment was further embedded as Mr Rosier stood to expand on the nature of ‘sacrifice’, while Captain John Wiggel addressed the concept of sacrifices in conflict and war.  Reverend Andrew Bawtree then said a few short words about the significance of laying wreaths, followed by the actual laying of these by Mrs Chapman and Captain Wiggel.  Simon Godden of the CCF then admirably took on the responsibility of playing the ‘Last Post’. A moving rendition of Edna St Vincent Millais’s ‘Sonnet’, read by Fyona Lackenby, was a touching reminder of ‘remembrance’ and an appropriate finale to the service.  As the CCF paraded out and Joe Wardhaugh once again played, a sombre feeling settled over the hall, a reminder that we shall never forget the sacrifices and loss but will always retain hope for the future.

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