It gives me great pleasure to introduce myself as the new Head of School at Dane Court. My name is Andrew Fowler, and I have come to Dane Court from Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith, where I was in charge of curriculum, timetable and the music department. Previously I worked in comprehensive and independent schools in Warwickshire, Berkshire and County Durham.
I was attracted to Dane Court by the outstanding quality of the teaching and learning opportunities that the school offers to its students, and the excellent relationships between students and members of staff. The progressive and forward-thinking nature of teachers and students here inspired me right from the start. Our house system offers wonderful support to students and a sense of identity. These are all aspects of school life that I value, and that I want to develop further.
I am also delighted to be working in a school that offers the International Baccalaureate, because I believe that this curriculum provides Thanet students with the best possible preparation for the future, a future that we cannot predict, in jobs that are only just emerging, within a society that is constantly changing. The curriculum we offer at Dane Court is broad-based and challenging; it trains students to think for themselves and urges them to work together, to use their creativity as well as their knowledge.
The reception I have received at Dane Court and in Broadstairs has been very warm. Having been born near the sea, in the holiday town of Morecambe, and having spent my school days in the agricultural county of Herefordshire, Thanet has a familiar and welcoming feel to me. I have already enjoyed meeting students and parents, and I look forward to getting to know and working with you and many others from this community over the next term and for many years to come.