About MGS

Maidstone Grammar School was founded in 1549 to teach Latin grammar to Maidstone's students. For those who wish to take it, we can still teach Latin, but it is no longer the main focus of the school. Since then, it has had many sites, and moved to the present site of approximately 16 acres in 1929. It has been extended twice, with one of the developments winning an award. Click here for a detailed history of MGS.

Maidstone Grammar School takes pupils from the ages of eleven to eighteen, selecting students from the top 25% of the ability range. We offer a wide range of exam courses, GCSEs and A-Levels. In 1995 the Financial Times described MGS as the top state-run school in the town, offering all students excellent opportunities at higher education or employment, should they wish to take them up. We regularly send students to the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

Every year, our students have the opportunity to participate in foreign exchanges with students from many other countries, including France, Germany, Spain and the Ukraine .

The school has a large library containing around 15,000 books and a selection of videos and CD-ROMS. It was recently updated with new computers to allow students to research via the internet. It holds books on every subject taught in the school along with a large fiction section, many books of general interest and a large careers section to allow students to make the best possible choices at all stages in their schooling, along with prospectuses for every University in Britain and various software packages to enable students to find information about particular institutions or search a large database of information to find which institutions meet their criteria.

We have many societies which students may join if they wish, including a large range of musical groups, a Debating Society and Bridge and Chess clubs.

We are situated a short walk from Maidstone Town Centre and immediately next to a large park with additional rugby and football fields, a large Leisure Centre with two swimming pools, and many possible routes for cross-country runs.

Former pupils of the school include a previous leader of the Red Arrows; Anthony Whiteman, who competed in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics Games in the 1,500m; David Sayer who played cricket for Kent; Mark Watts former European Member of Parliament for East Kent; James Burke, who has been a television presenter for the BBC, reporting on the Apollo space mission in the 1960s; and Lord Beeching, former government minister for railways and responsible for closing much of the railway network.

Former staff include William Golding who wrote "Lord of the Flies" and Jonathan Nunn who was a chess master and a young undergraduate reading maths at Oxford at the age of 13.

  • "My son was skipping and jumping through the halls, and his excitement to show off his school and his lessons was very heart warming. He comes home daily with happy stories about his day at school. He has doubled in confidence and has taken on much more responsibility for himself in such a very short time." - A New Year 7 parent
  • "I'd like to send a quick note on behalf of my son, who attended the Brazil fair (Year 6 outreach event) yesterday. He had a great time and was so excited when he came home and couldn't stop talking about the amazing things that he did whilst at the school. Thank you so much to you and all the boys from MGS who helped make the afternoon such a success. " - Parent of a year 6 student
  • "My husband and I wanted to send a message to say how very impressed we were with our guide on Thursday evening and what a wonderful ambassador he was for your school. His manners were impeccable and he conversed confidently and informatively with us both. In addition, he engaged our 9 year old without patronizing him made his visit fun and insightful. Jack greatly contributed to our first impression of Maidstone Grammar School being such an overwhelmingly positive experience." - A visiting prospective parent
  • "Students’ achievement is outstanding, both in their academic programmes and their personal development." - Ofsted (2013)
  • "My son is in year 7 and was struggling with 2 heavy musical instruments, a school bag, his diabetes bag and his lunch bag this morning and I saw 2 sixth formers rush over to help him carry his bags. I just want to register my thanks." - Parents of a new year 7 student
  • "There is not a week which goes by even now without me thinking of the school with gratitude, and of its teachers who never gave up on me and allowed me a chance in life. " - Words from an Old Maidstonian
  • "The sixth form is outstanding. Students’ above average attainment at the higher grades in AS and A level equip them exceptionally well for higher education and careers of their choice." - Ofsted (2013)