… and let / Thy feet, millenniums hence, be set / In midst of knowledge, dream’d not yet.
Alfred Lord Tennyson, 1842
At Dover Grammar School for Girls, we seek to promote the highest standards of academic achievement. We are committed to providing an exceptional education for every student throughout the school, and we aim for all our students to be fully equipped with the knowledge, skills and understanding to achieve as highly as possible at Key Stage 4 and beyond.
Yet our curriculum is not set in the past, rather it is based on constantly evolving the processes of teaching and learning in which rigorous self-evaluation plays a key part. Every student should be empowered by our curriculum which will be constantly reviewed so that no student feels excluded and the talents of every individual are recognised and brought to fulfilment.
We also aim to provide a broad and challenging curriculum with a clear focus on academic excellence. Moreover, our curriculum aims to motivate students and to provide enjoyment, boost self-esteem and raise aspirations.
Key Stages 3 and 4
The National Curriculum is followed at Key Stages 3 and 4 with every opportunity being taken to enrich and enhance students' learning. Furthermore, teachers know their students well and can therefore plan for their individual needs. This includes careful monitoring of each individual student’s progress and the provision of structured support when needed.
GCSE Examinations have been reformed and new specifications created for the different subject areas. The main features of the new GCSEs are:
- New, more demanding content
- Courses designed for two years of study
- Assessment will be mainly by examination. Controlled Assessment (coursework) has been removed or reduced in the majority of subjects
- New grading scale of 9 to 1, with 9 being the top grade
The Department of Education advises schools not to make direct comparisons between the new and old grading systems. However, we can say that a grade 5 will be positioned in the top third of the marks for a current grade C and bottom third of the marks for a current grade B. This will mean a grade 5 will be of greater demand than the present grade C.
Key Stage 5
We aim to offer courses in a wide range of different subjects. All students study three A Levels and then opt for a ‘Personal Enrichment Pathway’. This could include a fourth A Level option, an AS Level course, the EPQ (Extended Project Qualification), or a STEM Access course. Students also have the opportunity to be involved in a range of different ‘Co-curricular Electives’ which include Sport and Exercise, Leadership and Mentoring, and Work Experience.
A Level Examinations have also been reformed and new specifications created for a range of different subject areas. Each A Level’s content has been revised, but the major change comes with the examinations, which will be ‘linear’, i.e. taken at the end of the course.
Planning for Learning
All departments have Programmes of Study (long-term plans) in place. These should give a fairly detailed indication of the work that is to be covered throughout the academic year.
All teachers are expected to follow schemes of work. Schemes of work outline topics to be covered and show how progression is planned to take place. Within such schemes of work, specific assessment opportunities are identified along with more generic ones, such as the possible types of homework that could be set. Schemes of work and lesson plans should have clearly defined learning objectives and learning outcomes that can be used to assess whether or not students have successfully met them. Note that there is an expectation that lesson planning will be adjusted by individual teachers in light of assessment evidence.
Specific details about the curriculum are contained within each subject area on the website.
- Curriculum Overview
- Key Stage 4 Options
- Subject Information
- Reporting and Assessment
- Extra Curricular, Trips & Activities
- Congratulations to our Head of English, Mrs Claire Hill, for getting her article 'Designing a Coherent English Curriculum' published in @CharteredColl magazine. An excellent piece! https://t.co/UyUwGnEByU
- Amazing results for one of our Y9 students who competed in the summer holidays at @equifest, Having a very successful week being placed high in all classes. On the final day she won the BSPA 85cm Working Hunter class which put her forward to the championship. Congratulations!🐎 https://t.co/s7jW9xEjbA
- Attendance OfficerAdministration at Dover Grammar School for Girls, DOVER https://t.co/lVYFaIbhwz
- Congratulations to all of our students celebrating their success at GCSE this year. Despite the additional challenge of the new style GCSE courses, and the change to a numerical grading system our students have continued to excel! Well done to you all!! #GCSE https://t.co/eoWmBxrrij
- Well done to all of our students who have taken A Level exams this year, we would like to congratulate them all on their results. Hard work and dedication has paid off. We wish them all well for the future! #University #Apprenticeship #Employment https://t.co/beVmafd8ek
- Just a reminder, Stevenson's will be in school selling uniform on Monday 6th August from 10 am - 2 pm.
- 🌞Hope all our students and staff have an amazing and relaxing summer break! Keep safe and see you all in September!! 🌞
- Amazing end to the academic year, celebrating the Arts as a DGGS community. Hugely grateful to Fiona Banks, Producer at @marlowetheatre , for judging the competition, crowning Queen Ethelburga as winners! #DGGSEnrichment #DGGSdrama #MarloweTheatre https://t.co/IGS4bfwd7Q
- Y10 Business students working on business topic films. All the students produced awesome videos, showing excellent knowledge and creativity! #DGGSEnrichment https://t.co/XPYqytcmRz
- Our Wellbeing Coach, Jennie Cooper, ran sessions for our Y9 & Y10 students. Allowing them to explore issues around resilience, change and presentation skills. Thank You Jennie for running these sessions! #DGGSEnrichment #WellbeingMatters https://t.co/0ZLDBYcSM7
- We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded MAIN CONTRACTOR status for the new state-of-the-art science block at Dover Grammar School for Girls in #Kent @DGGS_Info #education #Construction https://t.co/GT3Cm3cSmf