Welcome to Dartford Grammar School
Dartford Grammar School was founded in 1576 and is one of the oldest schools in England. For 440 years, Dartford Grammar School has enabled young people from Dartford and its surrounding area to achieve great things. It is proud of the confident, thoughtful, energetic global citizens that leave the school, fully prepared to contribute to the community, and to rise to the challenges of an increasingly complex future in the wider world.
Dartford Grammar School’s students are extremely successful. They enjoy doing remarkably well – both at their academic work and in the team work associated with the widest range of co-curricular activities. They value the talents, ideas and successes of others.
Judged outstanding in every OfStEd inspection, Dartford Grammar School provides a broad, balanced international education, following the principles of The International Baccalaureate. Every student studies either Mandarin Chinese or Japanese from Year 7 and an additional European language from Year 8.
It is rare to be a school within the British education system that offers the IB curriculum exclusively. We believe that the learning benefits and the prospects for university admission are palpable and justify this unrelenting drive to secure a modern international curriculum. Parents do appreciate the opportunities offered to their children through the co-curriculum and the personalisation offered by an almost unlimited choice of subject in the sixth form.
As one international researcher recently concluded after three days at the school, “I’m not surprised at your success; the considerable demands of the programme grip both your highly committed teachers and your enthusiastic students. This feels like real education in a school where enjoyment is never far beneath the surface”.
The school’s mission statement, ‘A learning community developing international citizens’ reflects the purpose of an IB World School; ‘to develop young people who help to create a more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect’ and ‘to encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people , with their differences, can also be right’.
W J Oakes