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Mission Statement: A Learning Community Developing Global Citizens
W.J. Oakes

Welcome to Dartford Grammar School

Dartford Grammar School was founded in 1576 and is one of the oldest schools in England. The school exists for learning and to prepare young people in the best possible way for future success by providing an unprecedented range of exciting and challenging opportunities. Our reputation for educational excellence is recognised nationally and internationally.

A report published in 2011 by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate recognised that the school is outstandingly successful in all aspects as a ‘learning community developing global citizens’.

All schools should be judged on the qualities of the students when they leave and on the progress that they have made. Dartford Grammar School students are confident communicators and energetic global citizens with a passion for learning and a commitment to service and the community. They enjoy doing well, are not boastful and they value the talents, ideas and successes of others.

You will find that Dartford Grammar School students take pride in their performance and in their school. They enjoy learning and are ready to leave at the end of their time with us, thoughtful, articulate and fully prepared to participate in an increasingly complex future.

W J Oakes

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  • Shakespeare Schools Festival

    date posted: Friday 14 Nov 2014
    Dartford Grammar School's version of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' for the Shakespeare Schools Festival on !2th November was watched by a sold-out audience. Our students made the audience laugh throughout their piece with excellent characterisation and use of comic timing. The Mechanicals and their brightly coloured costumes combined with the darkness created from the fairy world made for a really original and interesting show. Congratulations to all cast members, and a big thank you to everyone who came to support them.
  • The 2014 Hanau Music Exchange - Trip Report

    date posted: Wednesday 22 Oct 2014

     After what seems like a whole year of concentrated rehearsal, we finally set off for Hanau in Germany at 6am on the morning of 28th June. 

  • Artworks chosen for John Downton Exhibition

    date posted: Tuesday 21 Oct 2014

    Artworks by two of DGS's year 12 students have been chosen for display in the John Downton Awards 2014.

    Noah Oudkerk and Camara Perry will see their pieces go on display at Maidstone County Hall from Oct 29th to Nov 26th 2014, in a show that represents the very best of art coming out of Kent's schools. The organisers have commented on the exceptionally high quality of the entries this year which makes the success of these students even more remarkable.

    The exhibition commemorates the life and work of John Downton, the celebrated Kent artist, poet and philosopher. It is open to visitors Monday to Friday, and on two Saturdays (1st Nov and 22nd Nov).

  • Computer Science Award

    date posted: Tuesday 21 Oct 2014

    The CAS (Computing At Schools, part of the Chartered Institute for IT) has announced that Dartford Grammar School is to be one of the first Lead Schools in their Network of Excellence.

    The aim of this network is to achieve and nurture long-term, bottom-up collaboration between employers, universities, professional bodies, schools and teachers, and the award reflects the commitment of the DGS computer science department to be at the cutting edge of its industry. We now take the lead in sharing best practice, resources, and expertise with other schools in the area, and look forward to the new relationships that this will bring.

  • GCSE success at Dartford Grammar School

    date posted: Thursday 21 Aug 2014

    Dartford Grammar School, already celebrating record IB Results for its older students, was delighted by the GCSE success of its year 11 students.

    64% of students gained 7 or more A*/A grades, with 53 students achieving a sweep of 10 or more A* or A grades. A total of 86% of students gained at least 3 A*/A grades, and 92% achieved the English Baccalaureate measure, reflecting the school’s broad and balanced curriculum approach. An outstanding 24% of all grades awarded were A*s, with 63% being A* or A.

     At a time when language results, especially among boys, are a national cause for concern, DGS saw 99% of its boys gain A*-Cs in foreign languages, most of these with two languages. This makes DGS almost unique in Britain as a powerhouse of language learning.

    “We are very proud of our students”, said Headmaster John Oakes, “DGS sets the highest standards in everything we do and our results certainly reflect that, but it’s also important to remember that alongside every set of great exam grades, there’s a committed and focussed young adult, with a full set of 21st century skills and a track record of extra-curricular activities, ready to succeed in the sixth form and beyond.”









  • Outstanding Success of Year 13 Students July 2014

    date posted: Monday 18 Aug 2014

    July’s International Baccalaureate Diploma results place Dartford Grammar School in 8th place nationally (‘The Daily Telegraph’, 15.8.14), well above any other Kent state school. They continue to demonstrate the high regard in which the Diploma is held by universities. At this stage, 97% of the 268 applicants to university have secured a place at their first or second choice, with 60% of the places at the prestigious Russell Group universities (including Cambridge and Oxford) and at universities in the USA. This is an exceptional record.

    ‘The IB Diploma continues – with increasing conviction - to prove its worth’, says Headmaster, John Oakes. ‘The rigour of the demanding and rewarding IB curriculum is clear. It enables our young people to compete with the best students from Britain and around the world. Students tell us they enjoy the breadth, variety and the hard work; we are pleased that the IB Diploma represents a liberation from artificial inflation (and deflation) of grades. We are already looking forward to welcoming the next cohort of Year 12 students in September.’


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