Smiles all round for first full house of teachers at former Archer's Court School in Dover

Contributed by editor on Jul 13, 2018 - 12:00 PM


Dover Christ Church Academy will begin the new school year with a full roster of teachers – the first time there have been no vacancies since it converted from Archer’s Court School.

Over the past year the academy has recruited and trained 13 teachers, ensuring they have talented teachers in every classroom.

They have also hired a number of experienced staff with years of expertise to help mentor the younger recruits.

Four of the trainees are from the Government’s Teach First scheme, while five are training through School Direct. The teacher training is supported by the academy’s sponsor, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Principal Jamie Maclean invited Dover and Deal MP Charlie Elphicke to visit the school last week and see students in action.

Charlie popped into maths, history and film studies lessons, as well as meeting pupils and staff in the Aspen unit.

He also met head of science Kelly Corroyer, who was teaching pupils about electricity currents.

Charlie said: “It was great to visit Dover Christ Church Academy and see how the school is progressing.

“I was particular impressed by Ms Corroyer’s excellent science class. You could tell how keen the pupils were to learn and how much they were enjoying the lesson.

“It’s clear that Mr Maclean has put in a huge amount of work in his first year and ensured the academy will have a full roster of teachers from September.

“This school has come a long way since the days of Archer’s Court. It’s a true Dover success story.”


Charlie’s visit comes after he gave a talk about life as an MP to Year 7 pupils from the school who travelled up to the Houses of Parliament in March.

Archer’s Court school was converted to Dover Christ Church Academy, with the new academy opening in September 2010.


MP Charlie Elphicke meets pupils, head of science Kelly Corroyer and principal Jamie Maclean at Dover Christ Church Academy. (Photo top of page)

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