Stephen Fletcher  1965-1971  1996 - 2007  Headshio in the Arabian Gulf of large English-speaking National Curriculum primary schools i

 


Stephen Fletcher

n VIP VISIT – Stephen Fletcher chats to Prince Charles during the prince’s visit to the English Speaking School on Doha, where Mr Fletcher is head teacher

 

Right:  Stephen (on the left) pictured with his younger brother
           Martyn (Wags) Fletcher.

Stephen is now based in Northamptonshire again after a gap of 34 years which covered stints in Hampshire, Cambridgeshire (primary school Deputy Headship & Headship) - and then 1996 - 2007 in the Arabian Gulf (Headships of large English-speaking National Curriculum primary schools in Dubai and Doha - see photos and descriptions left and below:)

A royal encounter for head Stephen:   VIP VISIT – Stephen Fletcher chats to Prince Charles during the prince’s visit to the English Speaking Primary School on Doha, where Mr Fletcher was head teacher with 700 pupils from 38 nationalities..  On Sunday the school was honoured with a visit from Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall.Mr Fletcher, speaking to the Evening Telegraph from his home in Qatar, said:

  “It was a lovely visit – the Prince and Camilla were on fine form, laughing and joking with all the pupils and the staff

They toured the classrooms and spoke to pupils who had just finished learning about the Tudors, and other classes sang a song for the couple.”

Mr Fletcher, who when he is back in the UK stays with family at Titchmarsh, studied at Wellingborough Grammar School, now Wrenn School, between 1965 and 1971, and worked at Northampton General Hospital before teaching in Hampshire and Cambridgeshire.  He moved to Qatar’s capital Doha in 1996.

He said: “It’s a very different pace of life – we start and finish our days very early to try to avoid the afternoon heat.   “There are very few of the discipline problems you see in England.”   But it seems some issues don’t change wherever you are. Mr Fletcher said: “We have a big issue with parents parking outside our school gates, because they would rather park there than walk through the heat to the school. “But we might be a bit too far away to ask the Evening Telegraph for help!”

The full article appears in Northants Evening Telegraph newspaper. Last Updated: 27 February 2007 3:37 PM

 

Note:  When Stephen left the school in 2007, the following complimentary message was found  posted April 09 2007, on the we b:   I am moving from Doha to Abu Dhabi during April and I have been reliably informed that the headteacher for the Alder Island school will be Stephen Fletcher, currently headmaster of Doha English Speaking School in Qatar where my son is a pupil. Mr Fletcher is a wonderful headmaster and the school has a very friendly atmosphere and my son was very happy there.  Stephen later wrote:   The job in Abu Dhabi was short-term, helping to set up a new school there.