The DGS Curriculum
Dartford Grammar School’s mission statement is ‘A learning community developing international citizens’ and the curriculum is at the heart of our purpose.
Dartford Grammar School offers a unique curriculum based on the educational philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO). This consists of the Middle Years Programme (MYP) in the lower school and the Diploma Programme (DP) in the Sixth Form. The International Baccalaureate (IB) is offered around the world in 146 countries and we are proud that we are a leading IB World School, offering a truly international education.
In Years 7 – 9, students develop their knowledge and understanding of their subjects through the skills based Middle Years Programme which is underpinned by the philosophy of the Learner Profile. In Years 10 and 11, students follow a broad range of academic GCSE subjects, including English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, either double or triple Science , two Humanities from History, Geography and Religious Studies and a further option from Art, Drama, Music, Design Technology, Computer Science and Physical Education. We are the only school nationally where all students sit GCSE examinations in two Modern Foreign Languages, one from Mandarin Chinese or Japanese then either French, German, Latin or Spanish. Our innovative Creativity Week programme allows all students to enjoy a cross-discipline approach to their learning and develops independence and autonomy.
In the Sixth Form we offer the IB Diploma to over 600 students. The Diploma offers students a fulltime real education that equips them with the key skills and a broad but deep subject knowledge to succeed in higher education or employment. The IB Diploma is recognised around the world and so allows students to access universities both in the United Kingdom and internationally. Through the IB Diploma, all students study English, Mathematics, a Language, a Science, a Humanity and either an Arts subject or a second choice from Languages, Science or Humanities. Students choose their six subjects from two levels of entry; three at higher level and three at standard level. Additionally students complete a 4000 word Extended Essay, as well as a study of Theory of Knowledge and an exciting Creativity, Activity and Service project (CAS).
Our entire curriculum, in line with the IB Learner Profile, encourages students to be internationally minded and aware of the importance of cultural diversity while embracing British values. Our curriculum offers academic rigor with the balance of a vibrant co-curriculum where all students actively participate in the wider life of the school.
The 'Curriculum' tab on the website has a drop down list that takes you to more details under Year Groups and Subjects.