Dover Grammar School for Boys, Astor Avenue, Dover CT17 0DQ, Kent, UK

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John Latter on October 27, 2007

Dover Grammar School for Boys (ex-Dover County School for Boys) from the top playing field. I was a pupil at DGSB from September 1962 to June/July 1967 in Frith House (Forms 1B to 5B). My first form master was Mr 'Dickie' Bird who taught French and who also ran the Combined Cadet Force (general info on the CCF). My second form master was Mr 'Dizzy' Denham who taught Mathematics.

I joined the Army section of the Combined Cadet Force and remember two summer camps to Sennybridge (Brecon Beacons, South Wales) and Dartmoor.

This is a wide-angle shot taken on the 27th of August, 2007, with my new go-faster Pentax K100D SLR. Previous photos (see the 'Grammar' Tag) were taken with a Pentax Optio 33LF.

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The 'Welcome Message' on the DGSB website begins:

Dover Grammar School for Boys was founded in 1905 and has been on its current site overlooking Dover Castle and the English Channel since 1932. Its unique buildings form part of the landscape of Dover and we are proud of our history. But we are a forward looking school committed to preparing our students for the 21st century, so you will see plenty of technology and modern facilities within the building.

An unofficial DGSB website contains photos of the school's location taken prior to and during construction.

The school's Wikipedia entry states:

The building was modified in 2000-2001 to include a second tower that differed from the design of the original tower (known as the Old Tower to pupils) to provide extra access to more IT rooms. However, these rooms are soon to be made into business suites. The school became a Business School in 2006, at a cost of £50,000.

The 'new tower' has a brown and white triangular roof and is center-left in the above photo.

Current photos of the school include:

Dover Grammar School for Boys from Astor Avenue

The Quad/Playground

Three-quarters view of DGSB from the entrance to the top playing field

The Old Tower (from the cloister below the quad)

Part of the 1963 - 1964 school photograph

John Latter on September 29, 2011

John Latter, on October 27, 2007, said:

The school's Wikipedia entry states:

The building was modified in 2000-2001 to include a second tower that differed from the design of the original tower (known as the Old Tower to pupils) to provide extra access to more IT rooms. However, these rooms are soon to be made into business suites. The school became a Business School in 2006, at a cost of £50,000.

The full History section of the Dover Grammar School for Boys entry reads:

"Founded in 1904 as Dover County School, DGSB was originally mixed-sex and occupied other premises at Ladywell and at what is now the Girls' Grammar at Frith Road, only later splitting into the Boys' and Girls' Grammars. It moved into the present 1930s building in 1931 (with influences from Dover Castle, which is visible from the school), only to be evacuated to Ebbw Vale during the Second World War. R J Unstead, a prolific author of history books for children, attended the school from 1926 to 1934.

The founder and first headmaster of the school was Fred Whitehouse whose personal efforts persuaded the authorities to provide the money for the new building despite the severe ecnomic cirumcstances of the depression. The building mixes both gothic and classical influences (architecture). Whitehouse believed in the maxim often attributed to Winston Churchill that "we shape our buildings and our buildings shape us".

The building was opened by the Duke of York, the future King George VI of the United Kingdom.

It is one of few state school in Britain to have a working organ, which is housed in the Great Hall. The organ goes to Hamburg every 25 years for expert care and maintenance.

During World War Two the school building was taken over and used by the Royal Navy as a station for WRNS (Women's Royal Naval Service: "Wrens").

A notable feature of the building is a large statined glass window showing St. George and bearing the names of past students of the school who died in World War Two. There are seperate memorials to students and an English teacher Oliver Tunnell who dies in World Ward One (First World War, the Great War).

It became Grant Maintained in April 1994, after warding off a series of reorganisation proposals from Kent County Council, then a Foundation School in September 1999, and in 2006 a Business and Enterprise College, which it is now. It celebrated its centenary in 2004, under headteacher Mrs Sally Lees.

The building was modified in 2000-2001 to include a second tower that differed from the design of the original tower (known as the Old Tower to pupils) to provide extra access to more IT rooms built over the school workshops. The school became a Business and Enterprise School in 2006. As a result of the specialism the school received more funding from the government, part of which was invested into a new Business & Enterprise suite. The science labs were also refurbished in the recent years.

In 2009 there were proposals to move the school to Whitfield to be housed in a new building under the Labour government's Building Schools for the Future programme but this was cancelled after the 2010 General Election by Education Secretary Michael Gove. The cancellation of the move was a relief to some friends of the school." (Abridged)

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  • Uploaded on October 27, 2007
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    by John Latter
    • Camera: PENTAX Corporation PENTAX K100D
    • Taken on 2007/08/27 11:29:55
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/350)
    • Focal Length: 18.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/11.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash

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