Welcome to the Sixth Form
We are delighted to welcome you to our School. Throughout the curriculum information booklet and our Open Events, we hope that you will be able to find out what makes Maidstone Grammar School for Girls an exciting and inspiring place to study. Graded as ‘Outstanding’ in all areas in our most recent Ofsted inspection, we are immensely proud both of the academic achievements of our students and the community culture of the Sixth Form, with students and staff committed to ensuring all students achieve their full potential and are able to pursue their individual goals.
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls has a tradition of excellence, and we have designed a Key Stage 5 curriculum to reflect this. We value academic rigour and, as an Advanced Thinking School, actively promote the resilient attitude and higher level thinking required for Sixth Form study, particularly relevant to the synoptic nature of the new linear A level courses. Most of our students pursue undergraduate study or higher level degree apprenticeships, and the structure of our curriculum and the nature of our teaching and learning is excellent preparation for this. Maidstone Grammar School for Girls celebrates our tradition and our students are proud to continue the legacy of the many exceptional students who have gone before them, particularly pertinent as we celebrate our 130th birthday during this academic year. However, this tradition is complemented well by our modern approach to learning, and we are delighted that we have recently been awarded status as a Google ‘Leading Light’ school. Students enjoy access to the G Suite for Education, through which we are able to enhance learning both in and out of lessons.
Our current students often comment on the community of the Sixth Form, which underpins all we do, and reflects our firm belief in our school motto, non sibi sed omnibus, ‘not for oneself but for all’. We enjoy working together for success, and look forward to offering you opportunities beyond your study to develop the skills, talents and interests that are individual to you. Our bespoke Sixth Form Extra programme, Student Leadership structure, work experience, school service, trips, visits and extracurricular activities will all contribute to your experiences here. The pastoral care we offer supports this, with an extensive transition programme and highly personalised mentoring for all students during their time with us. We have recently started using the A Level Mindset at MGGS to help students explore their vision and cultivate the practices required for success as they begin an academic programme quite different to Key Stage 4. Our vision is that each MGGS Sixth Form student is healthy and happy, and to that end, we tirelessly seek to provide all that students need to achieve their ambitions after leaving school.
The curriculum information booklet outlines the pathways and programmes available from September 2018. We are confident that within it you will find a route that will suit you well as you embark on this exciting and important stage of your education with us. In addition to a broad selection of Advanced Level courses, including all facilitating subjects, we are also pleased to be offering three equivalent Level 3 qualifications, Food Science and Nutrition, Health and Social Care and Information Technology. Students also have the opportunity to pursue additional courses, including the Extended Project Qualification. Because we design our blocks around student choices, almost any combination of subjects is possible and we are able to offer most students their preferred programme of study.
We very much hope that you will choose to apply and will join the next generation of successful students to study at Maidstone Grammar School for Girls. We look forward to working with you.