… 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 winner of the outstanding clerk to a governing board award is Lin Dykes, for service to Dover Grammar School for Girls @DGGS_Info #NGAawards https://t.co/Xhn2XV8hYW
- On 14/6/19 #DGGSinteract are holding a Quiz Night. It's going to be an excellent event and all the proceeds are going to charity. Please see the poster below for further details. We hope to see you there! @DemelzaHospice @Porchlight1974 @iamteammalawi @RotaryDover https://t.co/smT23gHIxC
- @DoverColSport It was a competitive match from start to finish with some excellent play by both teams. DGGS were second to bat and were able to win the match by 1 run with a final score of 100 - 99. Well done to everybody who played!
- PROJECT UPDATE: Works at @DGGS_Info's new teaching block are progressing well with the completion of the lift last week and underfloor heating being laid this week. #Dover #school #education #Kent @SawyerandFisher @LeeEvansArchs @FairhurstSOaks https://t.co/TKIA0Jm301
- We would like to wish our outgoing U6 good luck as they embark on their study leave today ready for the forthcoming examinations!! 📚📝#alevels2019
- Fantastic to see all our Yr 11's at their leavers BBQ before they go on study leave. Good Luck to to you all!! 📚📝 https://t.co/CZZxqdRIRE
- The #DGGShistorysociety have planted named tree seeds, harvested by the @DefenceHQ from trees grown in WW1 Cemeteries in France. The trees will be planted as part of a green trail on MOD land near @Kearsneyparks as a memorial to soldiers who lost their lives 100 years ago. 🌳🌲 https://t.co/AZgd7WVWx6
- A level Biology students enjoyed a second day of intensive field work, studying plant distribution and biodiversity as well as hearing details of the conservation management of @SamphireHoe1997 from Senior Project Officer Paul Holt. #DGGSbiology https://t.co/8c4yQuUuBC
- The Art Ambassadors worked hard to raise awareness through a Tag Day, raising an incredible £581 that will support @labourlabel. Students also donated a massive collection of clothes for the charity @barnardos. Very proud of their efforts! #Charity #DGGSart #helpingothers https://t.co/7WKVhiQFOO
- Yr 12 students enjoyed a stimulating day out at @WildwoodTrust. Leaf litter sampling provides data for an A-Level Biology practical task. The students also learnt about the conservation of several species including water voles, buffalo and konik horses. #DGGSbiology https://t.co/dA3JJnBCfH