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dartford grammar school

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The school is currently closed for the Easter break and will re-open at 8:40am on Monday 28 April 2014.   Please take this opportunity to discover our student's drama talents in our Drama Showcase Evening on 15th May (details below).

Welcome to Dartford Grammar School
W.J. Oakes

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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  • DGS Drama Showcase Evening

    date posted: Thursday 24 Apr 2014

    DGS Drama Showcase Evening

    The Dartford Grammar School Drama Showcase Evening will take place on Thursday 15th May 2014. The performances will start at 7pm and will take place in the Mick Jagger Centre.  Tickets are being sold through the Mick Jagger Centre direct as there is allocated seating for the night.

    The evening will feature a range of performances, including pieces from KS3 Drama Club, Year 12 Theatre Arts Students, Year 7 Drama poetry winners, Youth Theatre, Junior Choir, Year 9 scripted work, Year 9 Monologues and a Year 13 Exam performance. There will be something for everyone to enjoy.

    This is a fantastic opportunity for the Drama Department to showcase the range of talent they have at DGS and to share some of the work that has been created this year.

    If you would like to purchase tickets, please do so directly from the Mick Jagger Centre – students can do this during break, lunch or after school. You can alternatively dial 01322 291100. Tickets are £4 each.

  • 2014 BBC News School Report

    date posted: Tuesday 1 Apr 2014

    BBC Schools Report LogoOn 27th March 2014, Dartford Grammar School students will take part in the BBC News School Report 2014. This work is entirely the students’ own, reflecting hard work in researching stories, arranging interviews, writing copy, taking photos, shooting footage and constructing their own website.

    To follow their progress please click http://bbc.dgsjournalism.co.uk/

  • DGS musicians perform at a House of Commons reception

    date posted: Friday 10 Jan 2014
    The Senior Wind Quartet on the Pavilion Terrace at the House of Commons on Thursday 17th October 2013 with the Under Secretary of State for Education, Elizabeth Truss MP.
    Simon Bate, Sam Butler, Henry Metcalf and Felix Saward together with the Director of Music, Zoe Marks, were invited to perform at the House of Commons at an International Baccalaureate reception hosted by Gareth Johnson MP.
    Large numbers of MPs, educationalists from around the globe and Headteachers from across the UK enjoyed the hospitality of parliament and the music of the DGS musicians.

  • GCSE Success 2013

    date posted: Friday 10 Jan 2014

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

    With 100% of boys scoring 5 or more A*-C grades, the school was also pleased that almost 70% gained 5+ A*-A grades, and over 94% achieved the English Baccalaureate. At a time when language results, especially among boys, are a national cause for concern, DGS saw over 97% gain A*-Cs in foreign languages, most of these with two languages. Several students gained a sweep of all A* or A grades in every subject, including Sam Butler, Simon Bate, George Frake, Kevin Fung, Shaquille Gilpin, Evan Lebell, Tom Owen, Jay Patel and Henry Walsh.

    We are proud of our students, and we are proud of their achievements”, said Headmaster John Oakes, “DGS aims to be the very best in everything we do, and it’s 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, ready to succeed in the sixth form and beyond.”
  • GCSE Success

    date posted: Friday 10 Jan 2014
    Dartford Grammar School follows a seven year, skills based, International Baccalaureate curriculum.

    For the second year running more than 63% of all GCSE grades awarded to Dartford Grammar School students achieved an A* or A grade. In 2012 this equates to 1223 A* and A grades! One in every four students achieved at least 5 A*s. Headmaster John Oakes commented, ‘Once again these impressive results represent the hard work and enthusiasm of our outstanding students and the commitment of an exceptional group of teachers’.

    Joshua Abe, Thomas Bridge, Lewis Reilly, Sam Taylor and Matthew Worssam all achieved more than 10 A*s – a remarkable achievement!

    The emphasis on academic rigour and the importance of learning languages are central to the education offered by Dartford Grammar School. In contrast to the national pattern showing a decline in languages, 99% of students achieved at least one A* - C in a Modern Foreign Language. As the Minister of State for Schools recently stated in the House of Commons ‘There is no limit on achievement at Dartford Grammar School’.

    Several highly successful students have had to wait longer to open their results as they have been involved in a highly competitive Rugby Tour and had even more pressing matters to attend to! 
    These GCSE results add to our outstanding International Baccalaureate Diploma results in the sixth form, where 95% of students have achieved their chosen university, and the average point score per student was 34.08, well above the national and global averages.
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma results

    date posted: Friday 10 Jan 2014
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