Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
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|Maidstone Grammar School for Girls|
|Type||Foundation grammar school|
|Department for Education URN||118836 Tables|
|Chairman of Governors||Mrs Molly Tipples (Deceased)|
|Headteacher||Miss Deborah Stanley|
|Gender||Girls (mixed sixth-form)|
|Age||11 to 18|
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls, also known as Maidstone Girls Grammar School (MGGS), is a selective grammar school in Maidstone, UK. It operates under the 11-plus exam system, in which students take an exam at the end of primary school in order to be accepted at this school. The school is primarily a single sex girls school however it also incorporates a sixth form college which is mixed.
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls was founded in 1887 by the Wardens and Assistants of Rochester Bridge. It was originally located at Albion Place when it opened in January 1888 with 18 pupils. The current building was opened in Great Buckland in 1938. Additional buildings have since been added, including a large extension to the old building, and several separate blocks of classrooms and a large sports hall.
The school became a voluntary controlled grammar school since 1944, and it returned to the 11 plus entry examination in 1993.
In 2010 the school was given approval for a new building. Construction commenced in January 2011 and was planned to be completed by Christmas, however due to delays, it was officially opened in April 2012 for students. The new building, called Buckland house, houses sixth-form and Art and English departments, releasing space in the main building(s) for further expansion. A small, mobile building (known as a second N Block) has been said to be knocked down now that there are plenty of classrooms of better quality.
The school operates a house system consisting of six different houses; Vikings, Normans, Danes, Britons, Saxons and Romans. These houses compete in four annual competitions which encourage teamwork and team spirit and are a vibrant part of MGGS life. Perhaps the most popular competition is the House Arts Cup which takes place at the end of October. The event celebrates the arts of song, dance and acting and alternates between these each year. As well as House Arts the other competitions are Sports Day, Inter-house Rounders and Science Quiz. The houses are led by three year 13 students, who are elected into their role of House Leaders by their house.
From 2006, the House Captain election process, which had previously been decided entirely by votes from members of the house (both staff and students) was decided by interview as well as votes. Elections take place at the end of the second term before year thirteen students go on study leave. Every week, house captains organise an assembly on set topics, which often feature poems and stories relating to the theme.
Notable former pupils
- Dame Karen Dunnell, National Statistician & Registrar-General, Office for National Statistics
- Carole Goble, Professor of Computer Science at the University of Manchester
- Alison Noble, Professor at the University of Oxford
- Lizzy Yarnold Olympic skeleton racer who won gold in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi
- Mia Mckenna-Bruce- actress and dancer in The Dumping Ground