Curriculum Vision & Aims
At Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, our curriculum vision is to enable students to achieve academic excellence and to develop wider social awareness in a caring and supportive environment. MGGS is an accredited Advanced Thinking School with the Cognitive Education Centre of the University of Exeter. This means we believe that thinking skills play an important part in helping students learn as effectively as possible and best prepare them for the challenges of public examinations, higher education and employment.
Our curriculum is underpinned therefore by a broad set of common values and purposes. These are:
- encouraging in students a deeper knowledge and understanding of key ideas and concepts through an enquiry based approach to learning.
- giving sufficient time to each Key Stage so that opportunities are made available for significant enrichment and extension to ensure that all students are intellectually challenged and develop as independent learners and thinkers.
- providing flexibility in curriculum design and subject choice so that students are able to personalise their learning with regard to their ability and interests whilst retaining breadth in their studies.
- ensuring that the delivery of learning and teaching is of the highest quality.
Enquiry, enrichment and extension form the basis of our ‘Curriculum Extra‘ programme both in timetabled lessons and extra-curricular activities.
In addition to the ‘Curriculum Extra’ programme of enquiry, enrichment and extension embedded within schemes of work and extra-curricular activities, the curriculum has also been organised to accommodate the needs of very able students by:
- Provision of designated enrichment lessons in Year 7 and Year 8 where a carousel of ‘Big Questions’ is explored by students over the course of the academic year.
- Provision of science courses potentially leading to three qualifications in GCSE Science.
- The opportunity for students to study GCSE Astronomy.
- Setting in Mathematics.
- Providing opportunities for sixth form students to follow a four A level subject route where appropriate and a range of other extra-curricular courses including the Extended Project Qualification and certified courses in CSLA, HSLA, Spoken English and Personal Finance.
- Providing access to Oxford University degree modules.
If you would like to find out any more about the curriculum we are following please contact the Deputy Headteacher (Curriculum) who will get back to you as soon as possible.
The curriculum is planned with reference to the outcomes we seek to deliver to our learners. In common with national aims, we want all of the students at MGGS to be:
- Successful learners: who enjoy learning, make excellent progress and achieve their full potential. The hallmarks of being successful learners will be students who can use their thinking skills effectively, be able to work independently and in a scholarly way.
- Confident individuals: who are able to lead safe, healthy and fulfilling lives and who are capable of leading others.
- Responsible citizens: who make a positive contribution to society and use their talents and abilities for the benefit of others as well as themselves.
We also want our students to be Independent learners and thinkers who can through their own efforts adapt their knowledge, understanding and skills to pose key questions, research wisely, articulate solutions and provide novel answers to problems. In addition, we want to encourage all our students to develop the capacity for lifelong learning, to have a love of learning and to make sure that the learning needs of all students, including those who are gifted and talented, are fully met.