Dartford Grammar School has an enviable reputation for providing its students with an exceptional educational experience. This is not an accident: we produce the global citizens of tomorrow not only by offering a first-class academic programme, but also by recognising that their world goes beyond the school gate.
The Development Office was introduced to support the students by tapping into the wider community of current pupils and alumni, parents, staff, governors and friends of the school – everyone, in fact, for whom the school is or has been an important feature of their life. We believe that the experience, life skills and influence of our community can enrich school life and bring a new dynamic to the education of our young people.
2016 saw the launch of the DGS Vision initiative. This is essentially a wish list of projects, updated at regular intervals as some come to fruition. It is based on the School Development Plan, and acknowledges there are some projects for which state funding is unlikely to be secured and for which we have to look for alternative sources. As ever, we look to our wider community for help and advice at all times.
Please use the links on the right of this page to see the current Vision list and access the 1576 Donation form.
We also remind readers that the Careers Networking Group continues to need interest and support and we invite interested parties to contact us: we hope you might volunteer your skills and time – you might feel able to mentor a student considering a career in your field, or you may be able to offer a work placement that adds value to a burgeoning CV. If you feel able to help with this, please email Jill Hawkins as below. You might also like to consider leaving a legacy of some sort to the school in your Will - we would be happy to discuss this at any time.
We aim to keep you informed through the website and mailings, and we hope to cultivate lasting friendships. There will be events where we aim to rekindle old friendships and foster new ones: for instance a major Reunion took place on May 21st 2016 - see the Alumni page for details - and we plan the next major reunion in March 2019 - details to follow. We hosted increasingly well-attended Christmas parties for our recent leavers at the end of both 2016 and 2017, and the DGS Summer Balls in 2017 and 2018 were deemed worthy of becoming a regular occasion and were very much the stylish and fun evenings we had hoped for. We hope very much you will participate in these type of events!
Dartford Grammar School’s Development Officer is Jill Hawkins, and she can be best reached by email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to contact her with any questions or suggestions.