Dover Grammar School for Girls was delighted to welcome Dr Bob Goldfield and Mr Tim Waggott, CEO and Financial Director respectively of the Dover Harbour Board to speak to students in the Upper Sixth. This followed on from talks given by Charlie Elphicke MP and Neil Wiggins, Chair of the People’s Port to the same group of students and was designed to allow the students to contribute to the ongoing debate about the direction of the UK’s largest trust port. Students showed a keen interest on how money would be invested back into the community, how skilled employment might be created in the area and new jobs created. A lively question and answer session followed and then the visitors from the Harbour Board offered to meet with some of the students from the Prefect Team and successful Young Enterprise Group to assess the needs of young people in the area. Headteacher Matthew Bartlett commented ‘the Harbour Board visit was just what was needed to open up the debate further. Our students are proud of their community and have lots of questions about the best way forward for the port as a way of regenerating and revitalising the area. Dr Goldfield and Mr Waggott offered a compelling vision and their openness impressed the students.’ The visit was part of the Girls’ Grammar School’s Futures’ Week in which all Sixth Form students are introduced to the range of opportunities offered and encouraged to think well beyond the confines of the examination requirements at A level.

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