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Curriculum

"The school provides a very successful traditional academic curriculum.  It also encourages pupils to excel in creative disciplines such as art, dance, drama and music."    Ofsted, June 2016

Our Academic Curriculum
Dartford Grammar School for Girls seeks to challenge and stimulate the minds of our students through excellent teaching, diverse leaning opportunities and a rich balanced curriculum.  We have an innovative curriculum framework, adopting a two year Key Stage 3 programme, a three year Key Stage 4, in addition to almost thirty courses offered at A level in the Sixth Form. There is a strong sense of internationalism and we offer a unique and coherent framework that makes links across the curriculum as well as providing relevance to the modern world.  We believe our academic curriculum is challenging, exciting and designed specifically for our highly motivated and able students.

The National Curriculum
Our students follow the subjects of the National Curriculum plus Religious Education. Our curriculum is balanced and broadly based. It promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of students and prepares them for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life.

Key Stage 3: Years 7 and 8
At Key Stage 3, students study core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science, including Biology, Chemistry and Physics) and foundation and additional subjects (Art & Design, Computer Science, Dance, Design & Technology, Drama, Languages, Geography, History, Music, Physical Education and Religious Education). Additionally, Sex and Relationships Education and Citizenship Education are at the heart of our Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education (PSHE) programme throughout the school. Our students follow the Key Stage 3 curriculum in Years 7 and 8.  There is an optional programme of enrichment activities at lunchtime and after school in addition to those offered in lesson time.  Students are expected to develop their own interests and participate fully in all aspects of school life.

Key Stage 4: Years 9, 10 and 11
At Key Stage 4, our students’ curriculum consists of core, extended core and a very wide range of optional subjects, leading to GCSE qualifications in the four entitlement areas (the Arts, Design and Technology, the Humanities and Modern Foreign Language). Our students follow the Key Stage 4 curriculum in Years 9, 10 and 11.

Core subjects
The core curriculum consists of English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, at least one Modern Foreign Language, Ethics (Years 9-11) and Computer Science (Year 9).

Non-examined extended core
Our Key Stage 4 students all follow a comprehensive, timetabled PSHE programme (including units of work on units on Preparation for GCSEs, Sex and Relationships Education, Healthy Eating and Mental Health, Citizenship and the Young People and the Law, Drugs Education, Finance and Careers Education and Thinking about the future) and enjoy two hours of Physical Education every week.
 

Optional subjects
At the end of Year 8, our students choose three additional subjects from a very wide selection. Please click here for our latest Options Booklet. 

Challenge at Key Stage 4
Our challenging, academic curriculum is specifically designed to meet the needs and match the interests of all of our students. All students study at least one Modern Foreign Language, the vast majority of our students study three Sciences and most students study two or more of the Humanities subjects. We also provide a number of exciting opportunities to specifically challenge our exceptionally able students. Our most able mathematicians (the top two sets) prepare for A level and undergraduate learning by studying Additional Mathematics alongside GCSE Mathematics and in the Humanities, our most able students can opt to follow accelerated courses in GCSE Geography and History, followed by the Level 3 Extended Project Qualification.

A personal and academic Sixth Form
Our academic Sixth Form curriculum prepares students for higher education (including study at Oxbridge and other world class universities) and high quality employment. We offer 25 A level subjects plus an enhanced curriculum. Click here for further information about our Sixth Form.

Academically more able
We are committed to ensuring that all students have the opportunity to achieve academic excellence and personal potential.  Students will have access to all aspects of the curriculum and on occasions, particularly able students can specialise and study a subject in breadth.  To prepare students for accessing world class universities, we run an Oxbridge group in the Sixth Form, and potential students are identified in Year 10.  There are also opportunities for students in all year groups to participate in an exciting range of clubs and activities designed to extend and enrich their learning.

For more information about our curriculum, please contact the Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum) by telephone, email or in writing through the main school contact details.