Wilmington Grammar School for Boys
Kent, United Kingdom
About Wilmington Grammar School for Boys
The School is a comparatively recent foundation, dating from 1954 with roots in the former Dartford Technical College. It was known at that period as Dartford Technical High School for Boys. Its title was changed to that of Wilmington Grammar School for Boys in 1982. However, a Grammar School ethos had been in evidence for some time with the School having offered a full range of Advanced Level courses for many years.
The number of boys on roll is 885 (as at 25.02.09). The acquisition of Grant Maintained Status in April 1991 offered the School tremendous opportunities for development for the future. This opportunity is being further developed with Foundation Status from 1 September 1999. Traditionally, most of the students have come from Dartford and the rural area to the south: some from Bexley and from the area to the south-east. Currently, the area from which students come is expanding substantially - due entirely to parental demand.
We are delighted that the School has been designated as a Specialist School with Engineering College status from September 2004. More importantly, on 1 November 2006, a £1.35m teaching building, called the ‘Evans Building’ was officially opened. The building incorporates 12 teaching rooms equipped with state of the art whiteboards and built in computer terminals. There is also a purpose-built engineering suite for design teaching. An exciting new chapter in the School’s history has opened and ensures that all students are taught in a vibrant, contemporary environment to meet their learning needs. Additionally, funding for Phase 2 is substantially in place.
Admission to the School is via the Kent ‘PESE’ Admission Procedure.
The curriculum at WGSB is both traditional and flexible. Key Stage 3 is broad and balanced, giving students exposure to a wealth of different subject areas with an accelerated delivery suitable to our intake. This allows boys to complete the normal three year Key Stage 3 in two years.
An enrichment programme attempts to capture the best of innovation in education. There is a strong emphasis placed on the development of independent learning skills with elements of project based exploration and learning used in Year 9. GCSE courses are stated in the core subjects of English, Maths, Science and for choices at Key Stage 4, students and parents are advised on option subjects in consultation with staff. As a Specialist Engineering College, all boys are required to take a design technology subject to GCSE level.
In Years 10 and 11, there is a degree of choice whilst the option structure ensures that National Curriculum Key Stage 4 requirements are met. Boys study English (Language and Literature), Mathematics, Science (Dual Award), a Technology-based subject, Religious Education, Personal, Social and Health Education (including Citizenship), and Games. Within the options boys are offered further choices within Modern Languages and the Humanities, as well as Art, Music, PE, IT and Media Studies.
A structured Tutor programme ensures support to enhance student learning.
All boys in Year 10 enjoy the benefits of a 2-week Work Experience placement.
Since 1995 the School has been involved in the Kent and Medway Training Consortium of schools providing English, Science, Technology and Mathematics teaching opportunities within the SCITT scheme.
Links are well developed with a number of outside agencies, including the North West Kent Business Education Partnership, the local Neighbourhood Engineers Unit, Young Enterprise, and local and national charities.
In the Sixth Form we benefit from excellent working relationships with neighbouring and partner schools ensuring a real breadth of choice. In addition, at KS4 the partnership schools will offer a choice of diploma from September 2009.