The Wentworth Trust Board is very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Kurt Dorset as the new Head of Wentworth Primary School from the start of the 2021 academic school year. Mr Dorset succeeds Mr Chris Donovan, who was the Head of Primary since 2013 and saw the school grow under his leadership from just 26 students to a current very healthy roll of 107 students. Mr Donovan tendered his resignation to the board last year to return to his former career in the finance sector.
Mr Dorset was selected from an outstanding field of both local and international applicants. With a Bachelor of Education and Diploma in Teaching from Auckland University, he has 16 years’ experience teaching students from Years 3 to 7.
Mr Dorset joins Wentworth following 11 Years at Saint Kentigern Boys’ School , where he held numerous leadership and management roles and was a member of the school’s executive management team. These roles have included those of Director of Curriculum Assessment and Learning (Years 0 to 8), Director of Innovation and Learning, and Head of e-Learning. In addition, Mr Dorset has been a House and Year level Dean, and actively involved in leading school camps and coaching school sports teams. A notable feature of Mr Dorset’s background includes his co-authoring of an educational paper in 2017. The paper was very well received by the educational community and following an invitation to do so, Mr Dorset presented his research at an international education conference in Baltimore, USA.
On a personal level, Mr Dorset and his wife, Brooke, have two young children. Prior to starting their family, Mrs Dorset was a New Entrant teacher at Kristin School and St Cuthbert’s College.
Mr Dorset states “I am excited to accept the position at Wentworth Primary School. The educational philosophy and values that underpin the current success of Wentworth Primary fit well with my own educational philosophy. I also have a strong belief in the Cambridge academic programme followed by Wentworth students. I look forward to getting to know all members of the Wentworth school community.”
We have been very fortunate to be able to secure Mr Dorset’s commencement from the start of the 2021 academic year.