… 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, Trips & Activities
- Brexit Contingency Work
- Our annual staff vs. sixth form match happened today. The staff remained victorious by maintaining a 3 point lead over the sixth form. Well done to all those involved! Looking forward to seeing how the rivalry intensifies next year! 🏆 #DGGSpe 🏆 #DreamTeam 🏆 https://t.co/IZOEiRzWy7
- Our PE Department has been very busy, with #RedNoseDay2019 run & House Netball competition. These are the final sporting competitions of the year. All Houses competed valiantly to try & gain those extra last House points. #DGGSpe 🏃♀️🏃♂️⚽️ https://t.co/P91KAYdkVQ
- 438 of our students took part in #SchoolStrike4Climate today, they signed a petition and wrote pledges to show what steps they will take to protect the environment. We are especially proud of the four Yr 11 students who organised the event. #ClimateStrike #FridaysForFuture https://t.co/hmgduPWCHj
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- Our students have impressed the judges with the quality of their bakes in the @FairtradeUK Bake off 2019. All our bakers had to use #Fairtrade ingredients and the outcomes were excellent! @BritishBakeOff #GBBO 🧁🍰🎂 https://t.co/ler1jBXXVW
- L6 Psychologists are taking part in an attachment experiment to allow them to understand the bond between parent and infant. Good luck to all new parents! Looking forward to seeing all your presentations. #DGGSsocialsciences @BPSOfficial #attachmentpsychology 👶🚼🐣 https://t.co/q92hvOOYva
- Congratulations to Martin for performing a beautiful piece and winning House Dance. Well done to Stephen, Hubert & Ethel (pictured below) for also creating spectacular dances as well! #DGGShouseevents #DGGSpe 🕺💃 https://t.co/MWyHCS1HCE
- Looking forward to the House Dance competition tomorrow, good luck to all those involved!! Keeepppp Dancin'! #DGGSpe #DGGShouseevents💃🕺
- So #proud of our Emily #Kent county junior champion for 50m butterfly and #community choice to officially open the new leisure centre in #Dover this week. Oh, and a filmmaker to boot #youngcarers #thisgirlcan #dreamcrazier https://t.co/fLix4lJGuV
- Even on his days off our Subject Leader of History, Mr Millard, can't help but take in some historical sites, whilst achieving 3rd place in the race around the battlefield of Naseby, using this as training for the @BrightonMarathn. Well done & good luck! 🏃♂️@runABCmidlands https://t.co/bS6exY4O2p
- Congratulations to Independent Catering, who have been re-awarded the 'Silver Food for Life Served Here' Award by the @SAFoodforLife. Is it lunchtime yet? 🍽🥗🍓