Curriculum Enhancement

Curriculum Enhancement

"Pupils benefit from a rich and varied programme of clubs, activities and extra-curricular learning opportunities."                                                                                  Ofsted, June 2016

At Dartford Grammar School for Girls, we consider Curriculum Enhancement as an integral part of our school ethos.  Each faculty reviews the range of opportunities on offer to students regularly in order to amend their provision within timetabled lessons, lunchtime and after-school clubs, day and residential visits and opportunities for special events and talks.  We strive to make our curriculum as relevant to the real world as possible and carefully balance enrichment opportunities alongside preparation for public examinations to ensure that our students have the very best chances of success.

Our school vision statement for Curriculum Enhancement:
"Inspiring young minds and providing a wealth of opportunities to develop skills, knowledge, creativity, leadership potential, talents and interests and enhance real world links to the curriculum."

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Curriculum Enhancement 2018/2019

There are dozens of clubs which run on a fortnightly basis, from chess to Orchestra to Christian Union to Mandarin, as well as subject-specific clubs.  Students gain a huge amount from attending clubs, as they forge new friendships and learn new skills.  

Additionally, we have two Curriculum Enhancement Days during the year, in October and May.  The penultimate week of the year (this year 8th - 12th July 2019) is given over to Curriculum Enhancement Week.

During Summer 2018, there were overseas trips to China, Spain and Germany and a residential watersports trip to Rockley Point for Year 7.  Other trips included: Harry Potter Studios, Sky Academy, Kew Gardens and Stansted Airport.  The Science Museum, volunteers from The Guide Dogs and local Magistrates also came in.  Finally, we had someone from Parliament run some workshops with Year 7 and Year 9.  There was plenty of cookery, drama, art, a First Aid Day, a Model United Nations General Assembly Day and a trip for Year 12 to Thorpe Park.  Next year, Year 12 have the option to go to Cambodia, and there are overseas trips planned to Amsterdam as well as language trips to France, Germany and Spain.

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Sixth Form Enrichment, also called CAS (Community Action and Skills) is widely enjoyed by our oldest students.  A good number go on work experience at local primary schools or assisting the elderly at Help the Aged, and others going on work experience that they have organised themselves.  Within school, a lot of students opt to be academic mentors for younger students, a scheme that is greatly appreciated by both parties.  Other CAS clubs that are running this year include Cookery, Knitting, Classic Film, Young Enterprise, Sports, Futurelearn, Philanthropic Society, Singing Club, Beginners’ Italian and Yoga.  Students wishing to run their own club or suggest another are always encouraged to do so.

Throughout the year we also have special events, such as speakers who come into assemblies, and the annual Humanities Lecture.  Students are encouraged to listen, discuss options and vote and the school-wide Political Exercise is an important annual event for us.  In addition, students have a voting opportunity which is taken into account as part of the selection process for the two Head Students.

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Specialisms and Creativity

Dartford Grammar School for Girls was awarded Science Specialist designation in 2003, and again in 2007, when we were also invited to apply for a second specialism in Mathematics and I.T..  We continue to emphasise the importance of these areas within our balanced curriculum, and have a rolling programme of improvements being made to facilities, including I.T. suites.  We hold a large annual Science Fair, at which we aim to inspire local primary school children with a love of science.  

In addition to this, we are very proud to encourage creativity in our students.  We have this as one of our core values and we were very proud this year to be awarded the coveted Artsmark Gold award for our work across the Arts.  Last year one part of this was a ceramic poppy installation for Remembrance Day.  We hold an annual Hat Competition for Year 7 students, and additional competitions throughout the year for all students, including the Harvest Box competition and other opportunities, such as designing Christmas Cards, welcome cards for new Year 7 students, cakes and more.

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Creativity is embraced in all faculty areas and features throughout the curriculum.  Students create songs and raps, create models, draw and annotate.  At assemblies, students enjoy listening to musical or drama pieces performed by their peers. 

The annual DGGS Summer Arts Festival includes a fashion show, where our Textiles students can display their pieces to an audience, a Key Stage 3 production and exhibitions of Art and Technology work at all levels.  This year we are looking forward to producing a whole school musical, “We Will Rock You” in March 2019.

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