Dartford Grammar School

Dartford Grammar School Dartford Grammar School Dartford Grammar School

Year 11

Welcome to Year 11

Year 11 Staff

Deputy Head Teacher

Mr B Stephenson (bstephenson@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)

Assistant Head Teachers

Mr J Benn (jbenn@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)

Mr S Ireland (sireland@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)

Curriculum Manager Mr W Peters (wpeters@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk)
Administration Support

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

Form Tutors 2021-2022

11A – Mr I Grieve
11B – Mr B Breen
11C – Mr C Hall
11D – Mr R Taylor
11E – Ms N Tupman
11F – Mr D English

Key Stage 4 Admin Support: Mrs T Rickman (trickman@dartforgrammarschool.org.uk)

Mrs Rickman deals with work experience, general admin, Key Stage 4 letter reply slips and DofE admin.

To report absence, please ring (ext. 106) or email Mrs K Brown (kbrown@dartfordgrammarschool.org.uk).

The Year 11 Curriculum

All the work that is done to prepare students for post-16 study aims to ensure that students make informed choices and builds on two key elements. The first is the recognition that the world is changing at a fast rate and that some of the occupations that your son will have during his working life may not have been invented yet. The second, and a point that leads from this, is that although we cannot be certain about the exact nature of the careers that will be open to your son in the future, we can be sure that flexibility and breadth of study will be an advantage in a global job market.

There is a place in our sixth form for all boys currently at the school who meet the entry requirements. We would expect all boys to be able to get the 52 points from their best 8 GCSE subjects necessary for entry. Such results will provide a very secure foundation for diploma success and for future applications to good universities. 

In the coming months, your son will participate in several events and activities which will help to prepare him for post-16 choices and study. There are several key features to this programme:

Sixth Form Study Assembly: The whole process of preparing for post-16 study is launched in an assembly that takes place in early November.

PSHE: The PSHE programme encourages students to identify key strengths and skills and to explore interests in relation to possible career options.

Sixth Form Forums: During November, all students will be given the opportunity to talk in small groups to current sixth form students and ask questions related to the sixth form.

Mock Examinations: The important mock examinations will take place in mid-February. They are designed to give your son a clear idea of how he is progressing and inform his subject choices for next year. They will also provide evidence for preliminary GCSE predicted grades.

Sixth Form Information Evening: During this evening you and your son will have the opportunity to get an overview of the sixth form curriculum and the chance to talk to subject teachers and sixth form students about subject options and life in the sixth form.

Sixth Form Option Meetings: In January or February, all boys have a meeting with senior members of staff to discuss sixth form choices. Parents are expected to attend these meetings.

Year 11 Parents' Evening: There will be two Year 11 Parents' Evenings this academic year on Thursday 15 October and Thursday 25 March. These will provide more opportunities for you to talk about your son's progress at GCSE and his subject options for next year.

GCSE exams take place in May and June 2021. A full timetable is issued in March.

Sixth Form Induction: All students are expected to participate in the sixth form induction days which are in late June each year. The activities in which the students take part include subject taster sessions and a range of other enjoyable activities designed to prepare them for sixth form life. Please do not book holidays at this time.

We hope that you and your son will find this programme useful as you begin to make the important decisions that are necessary in the coming months. Please do contact Mr Foster if you have concerns at any point during the process. We consider Year 11 as a vital steppingstone towards the IB Diploma, and staff will be working closely with your son to facilitate a smooth transition into the challenging and rewarding life of the sixth form.

Key Events in the year for Year 11 Students

Speech Day – Friday 26 March

Governors' Day – Friday 13 November

Sixth Form Information Evening – tbc

Autumn Grade Card – Wednesday 25 November

Language Oral Assessments - November

GCSE Mock Examinations – Wednesday 3 February to Friday 12 February 

Y11 Mock Results Day – tbc

Y11 Examination Reports – Wednesday 24 March

Parents’ Consultation Evening – Thursday 15 October and Thursday 25 March

6th Form Options Meetings – January/February

Academic Reviews – Monday 21 September to Wednesday 23 September

Founders' Day – Friday 26 March

Language Oral Assessments – March

Year 11 Study Leave – May

GCSE Examinations – May & June

6th Form Induction – tbc 

Key Documents