… 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.
Curriculum models for Y7-11
Year 12 and 13 are taught in Blocks and can study the following subjects:
Art Design and Technology Further Maths Physical Education
Biology Economics Geography Psychology
Chemistry English Literature German Sociology
Classical Civilisation Film Studies History
Drama French Philosophy
These subjects / activities are also offered as part of the 3+ option:
Art photography Work experience Sport and recreation EPQ
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
- Exceptional Potential
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- Another 60 visors made today! All thanks to our laser cutter & the continued help from a Y8 student. These are in addition to the incredible 200 bits of PPE already given to front line workers & carers to help in the #Coronavirus effort! @EKHUFT #ThankYouNHS #ProtectTheNHS 💙🌈 https://t.co/yjv9TYnuYm
- School girl makes protective visors https://t.co/miz3TNyGW5
- Schools donate PPE to help keep carers safe https://t.co/enVZPl0qjU
- update on DGGSs home 3D printing of PPE for the local community. we’ve a 3rd printer donated by Deal & Walmer Lions so can do up to 30 a day so will be in touch with individuals soon. Thanks to those supporting this project @NHSuk @MarthaTrust https://t.co/YP0oEtREg4
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- Our amazing DT Department have donated safety glasses to the local #NHS Home Care staff in the Whitstable area to help in the #Coronavirus effort! @EKHUFT #ThankyouNHS #StayHomeSavesLives 💙🌈 https://t.co/dZtluMd5OZ
- Very proud of our Teachers; Mr Cocker & Mrs House who are both working extremely hard (with the help of their families) to support the fight against #COVID19 by dedicating their time & knowledge using @Creality3dprint to make protective face shields for @EKHUFT #protecttheNHS💙🌈 https://t.co/KQ4KEmiaQw
- Our fantastic Science Department have kindly donated; 118 pairs of safety glasses, 9 full face masks & 6 boxes of gloves to @EKHUFT #WilliamHarveyHospital to help in the #Coronavirus effort! #ThankyouNHS 💙 https://t.co/GARkbngJzZ