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.
The Vision Initiative and the 1576 Donation Scheme
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.
Your financial donations through the 1576 scheme are welcome - our staff are brimming with ideas that will enrich and excite our students and with your help we can provide the equipment they need. Please consider whether you are able to participate as even the smallest regular donation will be meaningful and will help us plan our programmes.
The links on the right of this page will also access the current Vision list and the 1576 Donation form.
The Careers Networking Group and the Intern Project
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 talk to a group of our students about your journey and career path, or perhaps mentor a student considering a career in your field.
The Intern Project was introduced in 2018 to give our leavers a head-start by placing them in the world of work during their long summer after the IB Diploma exams are finished. Am email seeking help goes to our community in Term 4 for help on this, but feel free to talk to us at any time.
Other ways of giving
You might also like to consider leaving a legacy of some sort to the school in your Will - of course you should seek proper financial advice about this but the Headmaster would be happy to discuss this at any time.
Any donations can be Gift-aided if they are made by a UK tax-payer - this makes donations worth considerably more to us.
Many companies offer to match charitable donations, so a simple request to the HR department or Charities office at your place of employment can work magic on the amounts we receive.
Keeping in touch
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 the major reunion of March 2019 was well attended and we hope to host the next major event of this nature in 2021. Our 1576 donors are invited back every year to celebrate the Vision programme and see how their contributions to the school make a difference.
The DGS Summer Balls over the last three years have been very successful occasions that are now a regular feature in the diary. The 2020 Ball is set for Saturday 11th July and is aimed at all of our community - parents, alumni and staff. 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. The Headmaster is also of course happy to discuss any issues. Please feel free to contact either with any questions or suggestions.