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A View from The Close 133: Friday 15th February 2019

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I am very grateful to parents for their feedback during the consultation on the College’s timetable. Taking into consideration parent, pupil and staff views, we have decided to adapt and develop the College’s weekday timetable looking to increase contact time rather than introduce formal Saturday school. The school day will continue to finish at 17:30 each day.

However, we are going to review our Saturday provision and look to introduce subject workshops and clinics for all pupils in Years 10 – 13, in addition to trips and excursions for boarders. These workshops and clinics will be non-uniformed and voluntary, and we are confident that pupils in Years 10 and upwards will chose to take part, especially as they move towards vital exams. We will also look at the introduction of Service Weekends which will enable those undertaking the DofE Award to have practice expeditions and complete the activity sections of their awards.

We will inform parents of the new timetable by the summer half term. I very much appreciate all the feedback and hope that parents will be happy with this compromise which will ultimately be of significant benefit to the pupils in increasing the number of lessons they are taught in key subjects as they study their GCSE+, A Level+ and Careers Programme courses.

Yours faithfully,

Gareth Doodes


Sports Update

Tuesday 5th February

On Tuesday the Under 13 girls travelled to Homewood school for the first cricket fixtures of the year at the indoor Lady Taverner’s tournament. Over the course of the day we played three games against some strong opposition but the team performed extremely well, improving in every game. Over the course of the tournament Libby Frawley-Bailey took 5 wickets, Isla Taylor (7, Priory) taking two and Amy Brown (7, Priory) with one and Avy Taylor (8, Priory) top scored with 30 runs. Highlight of the tournament was Isla Taylor having to retire in the final game after scoring after hitting 17 runs without the loss of her wicket. Well done to all involved.

Wednesday 6th February

Priory Rugby vs Wellesley House

On Wednesday we welcomed Wellesley to Farthingloe. In a competitive game with some very determined play from both sides the visitors edged it on the scoresheet, primarily through their strong midfield runners but we certainly scored the best try of the game. Nicholas Proctor (8, Priory) launched a counter attack from just outside our 22 after a kick through and weaved his way to the half way line before feeding Sam Smith (8, Priory) on the right who outsprinted the defence to score on the right. We hope for more expansive play on Wednesday at Junior King’s and the Foster Cup 7s.

Priory Netball vs Ashford

Two teams of girls did battle against Ashford in very fast, competitive games. Player of the match for the B team was Hannah Cummings (7, Priory) and for the A Team it was shared between Chloe Leedham (8, Priory) and Isla Taylor.

Thursday 7th February

The Senior Netball girls played their counterparts from Ashford on a cold, but sunny, afternoon at the College. The 1st VII went down to a heavy defeat but not before Libby Turbutt (9, St Martin’s) had made her mark, winning intercepts in the middle of the court, disrupting play, and being named Player of the Match. In the 2nd VII team game, the girls put in a superb performance and some superb sharp shooting from Izzy Nudd (12, Duckworth) in particular, earned us a comprehensive victory.

Saturday 9th February

On Saturday we hosted our inaugural Cross Country Invitational on the Steeplechase course, with St Edmund’s, King’s Canterbury and Duke of York’s joining us, making a field of 48 runners in total. Runners from the College put on a fantastic show with Libby Turbutt 2nd in the Girls race with Dillon Clarke (12, School) (3rd) and Sam Smart (2nd) on the podium in the Boys race. The course presented some particularly challenging conditions for the runners after the recent wet weather and all finished which was a great effort. The College was also represented by Lucrezia Cerino (10, Duckworth), Erin Seal (11, Duckworth), Toby Clarke (12, Leamington), Lenny Eigen (11, School), Vincent Clausen (11, School), Ben Preusser (12, School), Tul Lekhyananda (12, School) and Lucas Wood (11, Leamington) and Rosie Baldwin (St Martin’s). My thanks to all the staff who assisted with the event but in particular to Mr Payne and Mrs Butt with their organisation in advance, and to Mr Breeze for sweeping the course after the runners and well done to all the pupils who helped marshal the course, you did a terrific job.

Over Friday and Saturday, we also had our inaugural Eton Fives trip away, to Colwyn Bay in North Wales. Seven Priory boys made the trip, led by Keeper of Fives Nicholas Proctor. The boys were terrific ambassadors for the College and played over four hours of Fives on Friday evening and Saturday morning against, and paired with, their counterparts from Rydal Penrhos School. We won more than we lost and each boy was able to improve over the course of the weekend. The other boys involved were Nathan Powell, Seb Powell, Archie Grove, Archie Seward (8, Priory), Sam Smith and Oakley Price (8, Priory).

Wednesday 13th February

The Priory boys took part in the Foster Cup Festival at Junior King’s, playing a round robin against Northbourne Park, Wellesley House, King’s Rochester, Duke of York’s and Junior King’s Canterbury. After a slow start against an excellent Northbourne team, a tough second match against eventual winners Junior King’s, and a hard fought draw against Duke of York’s, we put together some superb rugby and put King’s Rochester to the sword with an excellent performance. With regular skipper Seb Powell (8, Priory) out injured, and try machine Nicholas Proctor (8, Priory) also out of this game, Archie Grove (8, Priory) led the boys superbly in attack and defence and the combination of Nathan Powell’s (8, Priory) trickery and Sam Smith’s (8, Priory) pace combined twice for two excellent scores. In a combative last match against Wellesley the boys defended fantastically but didn’t have enough against the behemoths from Broadstairs. A great afternoon of egg chasing for all the boys involved, and a very constructive first step on the road to the County and National Schools Sevens in March.

Junior School Sport

U11 Rugby

The U11 Rugby team travelled to St. Lawrence College on Wednesday afternoon. This fixture is usually one that we come out second best. The boys were determined to put this right this year. The game proved to be a very tough encounter with Ronnie Meadows (6) sustaining an injury from one of our own players showing too much determination! He soldiered on and made more than his fair share of tackles. Dover College took the lead with a weaving run from Toby Grove (6) to give us the lead. Some great rucking and passing opened up an opportunity for Freddie Fairclough (6) to sprint down the line for number 2. This was the half time score. St Lawrence fought hard second half and managed to score a try of their own. For a while it appeared they may draw the scores level but tenacious defence kept them at bay. To calm the Dover College nerves, Toby darted through to make it 3 tries to 1 or in Rugby Scores 15-5.

A wonderful team performance would have made Mr Annakie proud. We look forward to the second half of term and with displays like this, more victories are sure to follow.


Young Writers’

The English Department are happy to let you know that a number of mini-sagas written by our students have been chosen for publication. Young Writers’ Survival Sagas: Mission Catastrophe competition have received in excess of 24,000 entries; our pupils really ignited the imaginations of the editors. They were judged on: perception, imagination and creativity as well as expression, originality and use of language.

Mission Catastrophe – Stories from Kent, is scheduled for publication on 30th April 2019 and will be available for everyone to read in the Learning Resource Centre.

Congratulations go to the following students:

Year 7
Nathan Powell (Priory)

Year 9
Verity Watkins (St Martin’s)

Year 10
Nathan Hall (Leamington)
Yzin Khader (Leamington)
Tallulah Coombs (Duckworth)
Imogen Langley (St Martin’s)
Tamzin Vickers (Duckworth)
Jarred Tobin (Leamington)
Jaiden Flisher (School)
John Rufus Carleton (Leamington)
Harry Meadows (School)

Year 11
Edward Aylward-Lopez (Leamington)
Clem Boo (School)
Mia Deverson (St Martin’s)
Shania Marriott (Duckworth)
Kal Mere (School)

Keep up the good writing!

Drama Updates

We have had a busy week in the Drama Department, preparing for the GCSE and A Level external examiners. Pupils have been working extremely hard on their extracts of ‘The 39 Steps’ and have demonstrated fantastic physical theatre skill.

Calamity Jane rehearsals are in full swing and pupils from Priory to Sixth form have been dancing and singing their way through this half term in preparation for the show on the 8th and 9th of March – Tickets available from the bursary.

This week also saw a successful theatre trip out to see The National Theatre’s production of ‘Macbeth’, this was, as expected, a dark and grisly interpretation, starting and ending with very realistic props of severed heads! 

School Notices

We are really excited to announce that Dover College is now a Member School with School Notices, a free online marketplace in which parents, alumni, staff and friends of the school can promote their businesses, buy and sell stuff, rent properties and look for jobs, interacting with thousands of parents in the independent education sector. There are also amazing exclusive offers for members. 

If you have a business that you would like to promote to this network or know one that does, business advertising is chargeable and 25% of any advertising that comes through a Dover College affiliated parent, alumni or local business, is given back to the school to put towards our internal & charitable initiatives.  

So please support us, have a look at and we would strongly encourage you to REGISTER HERE and enjoy the site.

Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Jessica Doodes –