Dartford Grammar School for Girls
Welcome to the Sixth Form A very warm welcome to Dartford Grammar School for Girls’ Sixth Form. We recognise that making the right choice about your post-16 education is vitally important; we are very proud of our Sixth Form students and hope that this prospectus gives you a flavour of the opportunities and experiences you would have here with us. Dartford Grammar School for Girls is a forward looking, innovative and creative community with the traditions, values and high expectations of an exceptional grammar school. Our vision for all members of our school community is “Working together to achieve academic excellence and personal potential”. We have very high standards in all areas of school life and expect our students to strive for their own personal excellence in everything they do. As a community, our principal values are Respect, Responsibility, Excellence, Dedication and Creativity. It is important that, together, we share the same high expectations and ambitious aspirations whilst at the same time we recognise and celebrate our differences as individuals. We believe that our personal Sixth Form would offer you a truly excellent environment in which to achieve your individual potential in this next exciting stage of your life. We look forward to discussing your plans for the future with you. Sharon Pritchard Headteacher
It gives me great pleasure to outline the opportunities Dartford Grammar School for Girls’ Sixth Form can offer you. I am extremely proud of our Sixth Form, its outstanding academic record, vibrant ethos, caring approach and dedicated students. Alongside a curriculum of challenge and rigour, you will have the opportunity to work with others on a variety of projects developing leadership skills, be involved in a range of societies and take time out over a cup of tea with friends after an intense study period! The achievements of our past and current students are really something to behold and we are extremely proud of their accomplishments. At the end of Sixth Form, most of our students go on to university to study a range of degree courses, including medicine, at institutions including Oxbridge and the prestigious Russell Group universities. Our Sixth Form is a remarkable environment in which to nurture and develop your potential and skills for your future aspirations. We look forward to meeting you soon. Simon Hardwick Deputy Headteacher Director of Sixth Form
“ The school is exceptionally effective in promoting students’ social, moral and cultural development.” Ofsted
“ Students attain excellent results in national examinations.” Ofsted
“ The support I received at Dartford Grammar School for Girls has helped me to reach my goal of a Russell Group University offer.” Student
Achieving Academic & Personal Potential We specialise in delivering an excellent, personalised A Level Curriculum. Dartford Grammar School for Girls’ Sixth Form has an enthusiastic, highly qualified and experienced team of subject specialists across a wide range of subjects who will make every effort to academically challenge you and ensure you know how to improve and reach your potential. Our pastoral team will track your progress, offer support in managing your time effectively and be there if times get tough. We believe in providing all our students with access to the highest quality qualifications, teaching, facilities and learning experiences. Our rigorous Sixth Form curriculum will provide you with the opportunity to study a wide variety of A Level subjects valued by high performing universities and employers alike.
Believing it is important for students to present more than a suite of examination results, we offer a broad range of enrichment courses. These activities will enhance your personal and academic development to ensure you are equipped to succeed in the challenges and opportunities ahead. Options include the Institute of Financial Studies Certificate (IFS), Sports Leadership Awards and the highly regarded Extended Project Qualification. Each student is encouraged to be the best they can be and they never cease to amaze us with what they achieve.
Students at Dartford Grammar School for Girls’ Sixth Form are actively encouraged to take a leading role in the life of the school and engage with the wider community. Whether it is as a House Leader, Subject Prefect or a member of the Student Leadership Team, we are immensely proud of the way our students immerse themselves in the life of the school and make such a positive contribution.
Broadening Your Learning • Debating Society • School Council
You will also have the chance to take part in a variety of clubs and societies including our formidable Debating Society or award winning Young Enterprise team where you will be able to hone your skills further or surprise yourself and develop something new.
• House Leadership
We have excellent school and subject specific facilities to enhance your learning and support your study. These include a quiet study area, student social study area with kitchen, IT facilities dedicated to Sixth Form use, swimming pool and access to our new Sports Hall Fitness Suite.
• Law Society
• Prefect and Student Leadership Team • Oxbridge Group
• Medics Society • Young Reporters
• Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme • International Visits e.g. The Gambia, New York, China • Visits to museums, galleries and universities • Curriculum Enhancement Days
“ Sixth Formers are excellent role models for younger students and make a significant contribution to the school through an excellent enrichment programme.” Ofsted
“ My daughter has recently joined the Sixth Form and has been made to feel welcome and part of the Sixth Form community since day one.”
“ My teachers have really made me think and have challenged me to do my best.”
Excellent Support and Guidance You will have first rate systems of support and guidance, which are essential at this time in your education. The Sixth Form has an experienced team including Heads of Year, a Learning Support Manager, Form Tutors and a dedicated Careers Manager. Your subject teachers and tutors will take time to help you reflect on your learning to ensure you achieve to the best of your ability in the subjects you study. Our comprehensive careers program will help you make choices, navigate the University application process, or support applications to post-A Level employment.
Our annual Higher Education Evening, drawing on the expertise of admissions tutors from a range of universities and industries, will help you formulate your future career plans. Above all Dartford Grammar School for Girls’ Sixth Form is a highly enjoyable place to study and achieve with an inclusive and supportive ethos.
Dartford Grammar School for Girls SIXTH FORM Shepherds Lane, Dartford, Kent DA1 2NT T 01322 223123 F 01322 294786 E firstname.lastname@example.org www.dartfordgrammargirls.kent.sch.uk