Curriculum Vision & Aims
Our Vision & Ethos
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, forward thinking 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 meta-cognition plays an important part in helping students learn and progress as effectively as possible and best prepares 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 forward-thinking, independent learners and thinkers with a positive mindset.
- 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, thereby inspiring intellectual curiosity.
Enquiry, enrichment and extension form the basis of our ‘Curriculum Extra‘ and ‘6th Form Extra’ programmes and is embedded in timetabled lessons and extra-curricular activities.
In addition to this, the curriculum has also been organised to accommodate the needs of very able students by:
- Provision of designated enrichment lessons for Years 7-9 to develop metacognition and enquiry.
- 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, Spoken English and Personal Finance.
- Providing access to Oxford University degree modules.
The curriculum at MGGS is planned with reference to the outcomes we seek for 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 thinking skills effectively and work independently, in a scholarly way, to ensure good academic progress.
- Confident individuals & leaders: 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.
- Forward-thinking and flexible with a growth mindset: who can positively adapt to change, deal effectively with challenge and uncertainty and embrace technological advancements.
We also want our students to be independent learners and thinkers who can 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 and love of lifelong learning and to make sure that the learning needs of all students, including those of the most able, are fully met.