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Year 8

Welcome to Year 8


Deputy Head: Dr M Kingham (mkingham@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Assistant Head Teacher: Mr D Gillivan  (dgillivan@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Year 8 Curriculum Manager: Mr J Benn  (jbenn@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Support Assistants:

Mrs P Buckley (pbuckley@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)

Mrs S Andrew: (sandrew@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)

Form Tutors 2017-2018

8A - Miss E Collier
8B - Miss E Law
8C - Miss E Connell
8D - Mr P Ebbage
8E - Mr J Woodcock
8F - Mr R Taylor

Key Stage 3 Admin Manager

Mrs P Buckley (pbuckley@dartforgrammarschool.org.uk). Mrs Buckley deals with options choices forms, general admin, Key Stage 3 letter reply slips.


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

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Students in Key Stage 3 are at the beginning of a 7 year IB program, and as such follow the MYP. They are thus encouraged to see the links within and between individual subjects, and to experience a range of Approaches to Learning. Internationalism is fundamental to the curriculum, with all boys learning one modern foreign language in Year 7 (either Mandarin or Japanese) and choosing another language from French, German, Latin and Spanish in Year 8. An established and developing programme of residential visits and exchanges abroad extends pupils’ linguistic and cultural understanding.

In Humanities, pupils undertake Approaches to Learning activities, which seek to sharpen their study skills and raise levels of interest and motivation. Humanities are a conduit for some of the extensive range of cross-curricular studies, including some notable units linked to Drama (the Romans) and English (World War One). As with much of the boys’ learning, these activities are supplemented by co-curricular activities, such as the participation in a Roman Forum during one of the four Creativity weeks boys experience during Key Stage 3. These weeks are much anticipated by the boys. Additionally, learning happens in other, residential settings at these times, as the whole of Year 7 head to Bath, and the Year 8s are offered foreign exchange trips aligned to their language options.

Pupils study science, maths and technology- incorporating ICT, art, DT, and Food Technology. They also study music for two years, as in sports, a very large number pursue their artistic interests outside lessons, and take advantage of the extensive co-curricular opportunities. Indeed, it is vital that they do so: there is a strong emphasis on participation, and involvement in wider school life is shown to have significant positive impact on students’ academic performance.

These vibrant and exciting learning opportunities fulfil the requirements of the National Curriculum for England- though they clearly massively exceed them, too. At Key Stage 3 at DGS the emphasis is on care, responsibility, involvement and enjoyment of success.

Key Events in the Year for Year 8 Students

  • Saturday  Key Stage 3 Rugby Festival – October
  • Creativity Week – Humanities – October
  • Year 8 Poetry Workshops – December
  • Senior Citizens Christmas Lunch - December
  • Key Stage 3 Christmas Review – December
  • Parents’ Evening – January
  • Year 8 choose Expressive Arts and Humanities Options for Year 9
  • House Charity Fund Raising Activities – January  - March
  • Year 8 Examinations - May
  • Sports Day - July

Key Documents

Assessment Criteria in Year 8

GCSE Options Booklet