Darford Grammar School

Headmaster, John Oakes

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‘There’s no limit on achievement at Dartford Grammar School.’

Minister of State for Schools – 2012

‘To visit a school which so evidently demonstrates best practice and is providing young people with a wonderful opportunity to prepare for the future was exhilarating and exciting.’ Baroness Virginia Bottomley - 2015

Enjoy doing well and value others doing well Dartford Grammar School provides able students with a prestigious internationally recognised learning experience. Since 1995, HM Chief Inspector has repeatedly identified the school as ‘outstandingly successful’. It is proud of its students; they are confident, articulate and thoughtful, continually impressing with their talents and energy. Students in the 21st century deserve an exciting curriculum that will prepare them for their futures. Based on the principles of the International Baccalaureate (IB) programmes, the Middle Years Programme (MYP) and Diploma Programme (DP) combine to provide a rich seven-year programme of study. The curriculum, which is enriched by a focus on learning languages and an emphasis on global contexts, challenges all students, enabling them to flourish and compete for places at top universities.

The IB at Dartford Grammar School

The IB Curriculum is cohesive, with learning, creativity and internationalism at its centre. It emphasises the development of the whole student: - physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically. It is delivered by well qualified, highly motivated teachers who promote community and social responsibility, creating learners equipped with the skills and confidence to achieve. An IB education develops knowledgeable and caring students who help to create a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.

‘We can say with total confidence that the IB is a roaring triumph. It sets a standard that is recognised across the globe and provides a genuinely world-class education.’ ‘Choosing the International Baccalaureate was one of the best decisions I have made, and I could not have studied it at a better school.’ DGS IB Graduate - 2014 Undersecretary of State for Education – 2013

‘Your commitment to supporting other schools in their international work is highly commendable.’ British Council – 2015 ‘The Japanese students were thrilled to have the opportunity to integrate with such friendly students.’ Academic Officer, Japan Homestay In Europe – 2015

Approaches to Learning There is a discrete Year 7 Learning Area and a carefully structured induction programme, which enables students joining the school to settle quickly and become an important part of the school’s community. Learning skills underpin the whole curriculum and enable students to acquire confidence to become real learners who know what to do when they don’t know what to do.

‘This is an outstanding school, constantly ahead of its time. I am so grateful for the knowledge, life skills and opportunities the school’s excellent staff have given my children.’ Parent ‘The school gave me so many opportunities and a brilliant working environment in which to learn and achieve my full potential.’ Former student, now at Cambridge.

‘Your young people were fantastic adverts for Dartford Grammar School. They were enthusiastic supporters but also very courteous and respectful!’ Chief executive, Rotherham rugby - 2015

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‘Without the teachers being prepared to give up their free time, the boys wouldn’t be able to experience these wonderful opportunities.’ Parent - 2015

Bachillerato Internacional® ‘Science is amazing: Elephant’s toothpaste, exploding tins, firing rockets and multi-coloured flames.’

Year 7 Student


The school was one of the first schools to become an International Language College and holds the International Schools Award at the highest level. The school was acknowledged as the Confucius Classroom of the Year by the Vice President of China in 2013. The school is regarded nationally as a centre of excellence for Mandarin and Japanese learning. Students are offered a choice of 9 languages and there is a strong emphasis on their development as international citizens. Science College status adds a further exciting dimension to the school environment. Experimentation and investigation are at the centre of the science curriculum in recently refurbished laboratories. Partnerships with universities and numerous science Olympiads further promote the study of science.

All students complete two Foreign Language and at least two Science GCSE examination courses.

‘I should be more than happy to have my son here. That is the real test.’ HMI

‘No visitor to the school could fail to be impressed by the sense of order, purpose and life.’ Educational Consultant ‘I was very impressed by the school, its ethos and its achievements.’ The Master, St Catharine’s College, Cambridge - 2015

Community and Service

Dartford Grammar School students enjoy being part of a vibrant and supportive community. All students are expected to contribute to a wide range of activities that guides them to becoming thoughtful and active members of local and global communities. Students quickly become confident participants in the full life of the school and large numbers of students enjoy the benefits of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. The Mick Jagger Centre provides a range of exciting opportunities in the creative and performing arts. The Red Rooster Project, funded by Sir Mick Jagger, provides expert music tuition to local primary schools and Key Stage 3 and there is a popular community music school which operates within the centre.

‘… A broad education can’t leave the arts on the fringes… In the world today, it’s often creativity and imagination that drive success and it’s through the arts and music that many of us find our creativity comes alive.’ Sir Mick Jagger

Creativity Creativity is central to the IB curriculum. We aim to develop students’ capacity for fresh, creative thinking and to provide them with the confidence and independence to be successful in the future. Exhibitions of students’ work are regular features in the Mick Jagger Centre and students take part in orchestras, choirs, concerts and drama activities. A scholarship programme with the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire is offered to our talented musicians.

‘The school gave me so many opportunities and a brilliant working environment in which to learn and achieve my potential.’ Former student

‘Students are proud of their school and they are supported by its excellent ethos, which focuses on the achievement of all. Their attitudes, values and behaviour are excellent’. Ofsted

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Health and Social

The welfare of students and their development into healthy, well-balanced individuals is at the heart of the school’s ethos. The school attaches great importance to knowing its students and educating them to make informed choices. They enjoy doing well. A strong pastoral care system, based on knowledge of individuals, careful monitoring, frequent reporting and partnership with parents, ensures that students enjoy success at every stage. School Sport Dartford Grammar School promotes a healthy lifestyle. An emphasis is placed on participation by all in sport, and there are many opportunities for excellence. The school offers a wide range of sports including rugby, cricket, athletics and basketball. There is a full programme of school sport and teams and individuals regularly compete regionally and nationally.

Excellent sports facilities include an 11-acre playing field, an impressive pavilion and the Becket Sports Centre.

‘One cannot fail to be impressed by what your students achieve at Dartford Grammar School.’ Educational Consultant, SSAT ‘As parents, we feel privileged that our children have been in such good hands.’ Parent - 2014 ‘When ignorance is often glorified and dumbing down commonplace, it’s heartening that there is still an institution where aspiration and achievement are both encouraged and expected.’ Parent - 2015

‘My son has had a fabulous year and his confidence, maturity and work ethic have developed consistently throughout the year.’ Parent - 2014

Dartford Grammar School was founded in 1576 by William D’Aeth of Dartford, William Vaughan of Erith and Edward Gwyn of London. It is one of the oldest schools in England. 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 promising poet of his generation. More recently, Sir Mick Jagger has revolutionized popular music and Adam Gemili is a sprinting Olympian.

Dartford Grammar School West Hill, Dartford Kent DA1 2HW

Telephone: +44 (0)1322 223039 Facsimile: +44 (0)1322 291426

Email: info@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk Web: www.dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk

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