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Year 10

Welcome to Year 10


Deputy Head: Dr M Kingham (mkingham@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Assistant Head Teacher: Mr O Jackson (ojackson@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Year 10 Curriculum Manager: Mr J Benn (jbenn@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Support Assistant:

Miss T Rickman (trickman@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)

 Form Tutors 2016-2017

10A – Mr G Jones
10B – Mr P Brooks
10C – Mr R Akehurst
10D – Mr E Law
10E – Miss A Lopez
10F – Mrs A Metcalf

To report absence, please ring or email Mrs K Brown (kbrown@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk).

The Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Your son has selected his final GCSE options and most of these will be examined at the end of Year 11. The maximum number of GCSEs taken will be:

  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • Mathematics
  • Language 1
  • Language 2
  • Humanity 1 (two subjects chosen from Geography / History / RS)
  • Humanity 2 (one subject from DT/Computing/PE/Drama/Art/Music)
  • Science (Additional or Extension Award)

The outcome of Y9 and Y10 internal school examinations will determine whether your son will study separate sciences (3 GCSEs) or Additional Science (2 GCSEs).  You will be advised of the precise dates of these exams in due course.

Although this year will be both a challenging and vital one academically, I hope that your son will continue to take advantage of the many extra-curricular and enrichment opportunities open to him. The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, Creativity Weeks, Sport, Drama, Music and many other activities are on offer as part of a fully rounded co-curriculum.


Your son will receive four grade cards and one full annual report during the year. He will receive new target grades for his GCSE subjects based on the most accurate data available. These target grades will be both challenging and aspirational and should give a clear focus for your son to work towards. Attainment in Key Stage 4 is expressed as a GCSE grade. If this is as good as or better than the Target Grade your son is on course to achieve his potential. If on the other hand it is below his target grade, he is working below par and neither student, parent nor teacher should be satisfied with that. Top universities are using the number of A*/A grades gained at GCSE to decide which students should be offered places. Year 10 examinations and reports will also be reported with reference to the equivalent grade at GCSE.

MYP progress, effort and homework grades will continue to be reported in the same way.

We trust that you will find this information useful and helpful in monitoring your son’s progress as he heads towards external examinations. If you have any queries with reference to the grade card or grades please get in touch with either the relevant subject teacher or your son’s form tutor.

Key Documents

Year 10 Homework Advice

GCSE Controlled Assessments