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  • Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
    Buckland Road
    ME16 0SF
  • Head: Miss Deborah Stanley
  • T 01622 752103
  • F 01622 681 947
  • E [email protected]
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  • A state school for girls aged from 11 to 18.
  • Read about the best schools in West Kent and East Kent
  • Boarding: No
  • Local authority: Kent
  • Pupils: 1,242; sixth formers: 356 (73 boys; 283 girls)
  • Religion: None
  • Open days: October and July; Sixth form: November
  • Review: View The Good Schools Guide Review
  • Ofsted:
    • Latest Overall effectiveness Outstanding 1
      • 16-19 study programmes Outstanding 1
      • Outcomes for children and learners Outstanding 1
      • Quality of teaching, learning and assessment Outstanding 1
      • Personal development, behaviour and welfare Outstanding 1
      • Effectiveness of leadership and management Outstanding 1
    • 1 Full inspection 7th March 2023
  • Previous Ofsted grade: Outstanding on 19th May 2009
  • Ofsted report: View the Ofsted report

What says..

The headteacher made up her mind to become a teacher aged 6 when she realised that she would be much better at getting the children to sing in assembly than the grown up in charge. ‘No frills – you get what you see - but it is still a school that shines,’ said a parent. Two lovely courtyards filled with roses, refurbished with money raised by the parents' association and with much input from the students, great places to sit and revise...

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What the school says...

Our School is a very special place, and our students, staff and governors are exceptional people. We celebrate and build on a distinguished history combining innovation with the best traditions in English education.

I am sure you are looking for the very best education for your daughter, and in the Sixth Form for your son. I know that choosing the right school is one of the most important parenting decisions you will make, and I trust the information on this website will give you a taste of the amazing community spirit and outstanding academic education we provide.

Deborah Stanley, Headteacher
Maidstone Grammar School for Girls
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What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Deborah Stanley BSc ARCS, educated at Highworth Grammar School in Ashford, as was her mother before her. She made up her mind to become a teacher aged 6 when she realised that she would be much better at getting the children to sing in assembly than the grown up in charge. Her ambition had always been to teach in the Kent grammar schools so, following a maths degree at Imperial College and a PGCE at Christchurch Canterbury, she did her teaching placement at The Norton Knatchbull boys' grammar in Ashford and ended up spending eight years there. She then spent five years as head of maths at Simon Langton Girls’ Grammar before moving to Rainham Mark Grammar as assistant head. Joined MGGS as deputy head in 2007.


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Special Education Needs

Students with SEN are provided for on an individual basis. Parents of SEN students are encouraged to discuss any particular needs with the school.

Interpreting catchment maps

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Where the map is not coloured we have no record in the previous three years of any pupils being admitted from that location based on the options chosen.

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Admissions criteria are often complicated, and may change from year to year. The best source of information is usually the relevant local authority website, but once you have set your sights on a school it is a good idea to ask them how they see things panning out for the year that you are interested in.

Many schools admit children based on distance from the school or a fixed catchment area. For such schools, the cut-off distance will vary from year to year, especially if the school give priority to siblings, and the pattern will be of a central core with outliers (who will mostly be siblings). Schools that admit on the basis of academic or religious selection will have a much more scattered pattern.

*The coloured areas outlined in black are Census Output Areas. These are made up of a group of neighbouring postcodes, which accounts for their odd shapes. These provide an indication, but not a precise map, of the school’s catchment: always refer to local authority and school websites for precise information.

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