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Former pupils return to school to enlighten the next generation…

I was delighted to be contacted this week by a former pupil, Elizabeth Maclennan, who is reading Integrated Mechanical and Electrical Engineering at the University of Bath.

She is spending a year in the motor industry and is so enthused by working in Formula 1 motor racing with Williams Grand Prix Engineering that she would like to come into school and speak to the girls about her experiences. There are not enough girls in motor engineering she commented and furthermore she doesn’t want to talk only to the older girls and says that she was inspired at a very young age and therefore wishes to address Dovercourt pupils too.

Coincidentally on Wednesday we welcomed into school assembly another former pupil from the same year group – Coral Crouch – who, having graduated from Bristol in Experimental Psychology, is about to train to be a Naval officer.  She also enthused about her experiences and opportunities so far and she was certainly inspirational.


It doesn’t seem five minutes since we were waving these girls off to university and it is lovely that they want to visit and enlighten the next generation.  At the birthday service on Monday there were several old girls and those that couldn’t attend sent a birthday card to be read out in assembly.

Next Friday the upper sixth get a chance as a year group to honour our school birthday by attending a dinner to celebrate our founding. It is these rites of passage that help form good memories that keep them making contact and staying in touch. To further this connection we have been instrumental in forming GDST societies at over twenty universities this year too.