Welcome to Dartford Grammar School
Dartford Grammar School exists for learning, and the exceptionally clear vision guiding its development recognises this central purpose.
To fulfil it, the school continually improves the environment and resources for learning, and looks outward, sharing its facilities and expertise. It is gratifying that the school has been recognised nationally for being exceptional in its achievements, and in the forefront of educational developments. In 2006, it was one of only eleven secondary schools in England identified by the HM Chief Inspector as outstandingly successful in three successive Ofsted inspections.
It is, however, by the quality of our students that we wish to be judged. When they leave, they take with them impressive academic qualifications, an understanding of the world in which they live, and the confidence to succeed in whatever they choose to do.
Dartford Grammar School was founded in 1576, and is one of the oldest schools in England. In its early years, it met in a room which stood on pillars over Dartford’s market place. It later moved into Holy Trinity Church, and then to houses in High Street and Overy Street, before coming to its present site in 1866.
A leading Victorian architect, Sir Arthur Blomfield, designed the earliest of its current buildings. The plans are said to have been adapted by Thomas Hardy, a young employee of Blomfield’s company, who would become a great novelist. A sketch in Hardy’s architectural notebook appears to show the angel carved over the school’s main doorway.
The school has many famous former students, who have excelled in every area of human achievement. A statue of Sir Henry Havelock, a distinguished general, stands in Trafalgar Square. Sir Erasmus Wilson, a celebrated surgeon, was responsible for the erection of Cleopatra’s needle on the Thames Embankment. Sidney Keyes, killed in 1943, aged 20, was already famous as the most brilliant poet of his generation. More recently, Sir Mick Jagger has revolutionised popular music.
Dartford Grammar School continues to provide a unique education to boys and (in the Sixth Form) girls, enabling them to fulfil their potential. A centre of excellence, it emphasises individuality, creativity, hard work and concern for others.
Aware of its traditions, confident in its values, and clear in its vision, the school remains innovative and enterprising, always improving.