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Dartford Grammar School for Girls
Shepherd`s Lane, DA1 2NT, UK Dartford
+44 (0)1322 223123

School Aims

The educational experience at Dartford Girls Grammar School empowers students to achieve their best potential and adopt meaningful roles in the present, preparing them for an effective and purposeful adult life where they will contribute to their local, national and global community. The spiritual, moral, physical, intellectual, social and cultural development of students is embedded in the school’s ethos and practice, through the curriculum and through the opportunities for development offered to students.

Every learner at Dartford Girls Grammar School is valued and entitled to benefit from:

  • Full access to a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum.
  • A range of positive life experiences.
  • Teaching and learning at the highest possible level.

Each student is an individual whose needs are recognised and met through:

  • A rigorous and challenging curriculum, both inside and beyond the classroom, in the school and in the local community.
  • An effective pastoral system that promotes care and respect for others over self-interest.
  • An ethos of high expectations, praise and encouragement.

All staff working as a team aim to:

  • Give students opportunities to achieve their full potential.
  • Match student potential with actual achievement and exceed it.
  • Raise the standards of all teaching to match the best teaching.
  • Increase levels of student attainment to contribute to the success of the school.
  • Provide a safe, secure and pleasant working environment for all.

Within the community we aim to:

  • Promote a climate of co-operation and sharing in Dartford.
  • Contribute to the improvement of levels of student achievement.
  • Enhance curriculum opportunities for all young people in the area by offering access to specialist expertise and support.

As a specialist science school we aim to enhance our current expertise and provision by:

  • Raising standards of achievement in science and mathematics through the increased quality of teaching and learning.
  • Extending curriculum opportunities in these subjects, including subject enrichment, out of hours learning, industry/business links and the relationship between science and mathematics.
  • Increasing take-up and interest in specialist subject courses post-16.
  • Providing high quality learning opportunities in science and mathematics; higher standards through sharing specialist facilities and resources with partner schools; and developing and disseminating good practice.
  • Providing high quality learning opportunities for members of, and groups within, the school’s wider community, including local business.

Dartford Grammar School for Girls is committed to the provision of a broad, balanced and stimulating high quality education for girls.


The school will provide a broad, balanced and relevant education appropriate to the needs of its able students throughout key stages 3, 4, and 5.
All the experiences of a student while enrolled at the school i.e. the academic, pastoral, extra-curricular and enrichment/enhancement programmes and the concepts and values underpinning the curriculum are to be seen as part of the school curriculum.

The school will give attention to matching curriculum and teaching provision to individual student needs.


The school will identify students with special educational needs and endeavour to see these are met.


As far as is possible within resource constraints, the school will meet all National Curriculum and statutory requirements, and will also provide:

  • Breadth and balance beyond the requirements of the National Curriculum.
  • Equality of opportunity for girls.
  • Curriculum enrichment opportunities for gifted and talented students.
  • Diversification in provision of courses of study in languages.
  • Examination courses in the expressive Arts at GCSE and A Level.
  • Education in business and management skills.
  • Both European and International dimensions within the curriculum.
All students will have an entitlement to courses in a second modern language, GCSE Double Award Science and both English Language and Literature at Key Stage 4.

The school will provide the widest possible choice at A/AS Level and entitlement in the Sixth Form to the Creativity, Action, and Service Programme.

All students will have an entitlement to work experience in Key Stage 4.
The school will enhance careers education and guidance for students.
The school will follow the Kent Agreed Syllabus in Religious Education.
The school will provide a variety of extra-curricular activities and residential opportunities.

Sixth Form

AS/A Level Programme

We offer a very wide selection of AS and A level subjects at Dartford Grammar School for Girls, enabling students to continue with their areas of interest from GCSE and to move into new areas that appeal to them.

A-levels comprise of 6 units of work, divided into two years of 3 units, AS and A2. Together the marks awarded give a full A-level, although an AS unit can be a stand-alone qualification.

AS Courses comprise of 3 units of work and usually include a mixture of examination work together with coursework or practical work. Examinations are taken at the end of year 12 usually in late May or June, with the results being available in August.

A2 Courses comprise of 3 units of more complex work and again include a mixture of examination and practical or coursework work. In all subjects there will also be a synoptic component which tests the students on all work at both AS and A2. This may be assessed through the coursework or through an examination. The examinations are taken in June, with the results being available in mid-August.

All students are expected to take at least 4 subjects in each year of the sixth form, so students applying for year 12 will need to choose 4 subjects that appeal to them. It is recommended that students aim to choose subjects that will give them some breadth i.e. not all in the same curriculum area. It is however, recommended that some of the subjects should have similar learning approaches or skills, so that the student gains some mutual support from her subjects, rather than having to learn four completely different ways of working. In addition, students choose a support subject of a 5th AS level.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum


We are delighted to offer students the opportunity to follow this prestigious programme. It is internationally recognised and welcomed by university admission tutors. It is now offered to more than 750 schools in 90 countries. The educational philosophy underpinning the IB programme aims to develop the individual talents of young people and teach them to relate the experience of the classroom to the realities of the world outside. Strong emphasis is placed on the ideals of international understanding and responsible citizenship, so that IB students become critical and compassionate thinkers, lifelong learners and informed participants in local and world affairs, recognising the shared humanity that binds all people together and appreciative of the variety of cultures and attitudes that makes for the richness of life in the world today.

The IB diploma programme is a demanding pre-university course, designed for highly motivated students. It is a balanced course for students who want to keep their options open and continue to study from a broad curriculum. All subject areas are assessed at the end of the second year of study, with external examinations in May.

Students must choose a subject from each of 6 academic areas. Subjects are studied concurrently and at least three and no more than four subjects are taken at higher level, with the others at standard level.

The academic areas and subjects we are offering at DGGS are:

1. Language A1 – English
2. Language B – French, German or Spanish or ab initio Italian
3. Individuals and societies – History, Geography or Psychology
4. Experimental sciences – Biology, Chemistry or Physics
5. Mathematics – Mathematical studies or Mathematics
6. Arts and electives – Art, or a choice from Chemistry, Geography or Spanish.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum

Creativity, Action, Service [CAS]

This is a fundamental part of the IB experience and it emphasises the importance of life beyond the academic, providing a counter-balance to the demanding academic programme. The IB goal of educating the whole person and fostering a more compassionate and active citizenry comes alive in an immediate way when students reach beyond themselves and their studies. CAS involves three essential elements.

Creativity is interpreted broadly to include a wide range of artistic activities as well as the creativity students can demonstrate when designing and implementing service projects.
o work on a production in each year
o planning, organising and painting a mural
o leading a school club in a particular area of artistic endeavour e.g. music
o designing a sensory garden for the blind [also service]
o developing an environmentally friendly area within school

Action can include not only participation in individual and team sports but also taking part in expeditions and in local or international projects.
o regular attendance at a sports club like trampolining or judo
o playing in a sports team with regular practice e.g. netball or rugby
o sailing regularly in the holidays and at weekends
o planning and taking part in hiking or hill walking expeditions

Service encompasses a host of community and social service activities like working with children with special needs, visiting hospitals and working with refugees or homeless people.
o involvement in a VSU Youth in Action project
o visiting to a local hospital to read to patients
o working with children at Rowhill school e.g. lunchtime club
o helping in an after-school club for younger pupils
o shopping for elderly residents in your neighbourhood
o entertaining at a residential home e.g. Leyton House

Students are expected to be involved in CAS activities for the equivalent of 3 to 4 hours each week during the sixth form.


Enhancement Activities

Enhancement Activities are highly valued at DGGS as they add breadth to a students experience and allow them to develop co-operation, commitment and responsibility. Students also learn to plan their time effectively and shape their own development. Experience demonstrates that both higher education institutions and employers prefer candidates who have shown commitment in this respect.

All enhancement activities are categorised as Creativity Action or Service and students keep a log of their attendance, which is endorsed by the leaders of the activities. Certificates and prizes are awarded for the most commitment and students are encouraged to participate in each of the categories throughout their school life.

Most activities take place at lunch time, but some are after school.

Residential Opportunities

Subject to the viability of numbers and staff availability, the following activities are currently being offered annually:

  • All Years - Music Exchange with Hanau, Germany
  • Spain Study Visit.
  • Year 7 - Outdoor education (Summer Half Term)
  • Year 9 - Rhineland (Spring Half Term)
  • Year 10 upward - Hanau Exchange (Easter)
  • Biannual World Challenge Trip
  • Year 10 - Geography fieldwork (long weekend, Summer Term)
  • Year 10 - Outdoor education (Spring Half Term)
  • Years 11, 12 & 13 - Ski-ing (Easter or Spring Half Term)
  • Year 12 - Rotterdam Work Experience (Spring Half Term)
  • Switzerland Work Experience (Term time)
  • Australia Work Experience (August)
  • Germany Work Experience (Easter/Summer)
  • Year 12 and 13 - Dunkerque Exchange, inc. work experience
  • European Art Visit - (Spring Half Term)
  • Prague cultural exchange (Autumn Half Term)
  • Year 13 - Outdoor education (July)
  • AL Biology Field Work (Term-time)
  • AL Geology Field Work (Term-time)
  • AL Geography Field Work (Term-time)

The exchange visits to Dunkerque, Hanau, Rotterdam and Switzerland are jointly arranged with Dartford Grammar School.

In certain years additional opportunities may arise, e.g. Years 10 and above Equador World Challenge, 2003.

In the summer term, years 7, 8 and 9 have an Activities Week, in which students carry out cross curricular activities in school and make visits to galleries and outdoor centres in both England and Europe.


Lower School Uniform

This list will not be changed except in writing by the Headteacher and Governors

Items marked * can be purchased from the official school outfitters: TFS of Spital Street, Dartford. Tel: 01322 291838 or online through the school website:
All other items are stocked by TFS and the School Online Shop (through the School website) but may be obtained elsewhere, but the colours should match as closely as possible to those of the official school outfitters. Second-hand uniform can be obtained from Mrs. Bell, Friends' Association, Tel: 01322 274677.

All uniform should be clearly marked with your name.

  • Dark green skirt* should be no more than 4" above knee.
  • Matching dark green V-necked pullover with DGGS embroidered in gold on right
    hand breast.*
  • Green and white striped blouse ­ long or short sleeved with revered collar (tucked in).*
  • Dark green or black outdoor coat.
  • Dark green, black or white socks (or beige, brown or black plain tights).
  • White lab coat with elasticated sleeves and studs (not buttons) for Technology
    and Science.*
  • Dark green cagoule (optional).
  • Black trousers (optional).*
  • Brown or black flat or low-heeled shoes with backs (not boots) flat or low-
    heeled means no higher than 4 cms from the top to the bottom of the heel.
    Platforms no higher than 1.5 cm's.
  • Dark green, white or black scrunchie.

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