Upper School

Upper School (Years 11 to 13) is overseen by Mrs P Smith, Deputy Headmaster and Dr V Everett (Assistant Headteacher)

In Year 11, the final year of GCSE, students at MGS join the Upper School.  They remain in the same tutor group but will pick up a new Director of Learning to replace their former Learning Manager who will be responsible for them for their final three years in the school.

During Year 11 students will be introduced to the options available to them in the Sixth Form at MGS (Years 12 and 13) and opportunities outside the school.  We will guide them to make appropriate applications for post 16 education and training options, which for most students will be to remain at MGS.

MGS has an established and successful sixth form with a tradition of achievement and challenge. Standards of teaching and learning are very high; our students are given every opportunity to succeed to the best of their abilities and to become independent lifelong learners and this allows the vast majority of our students go on to Higher Education at the university or college of their first choice. The sixth form is a means to an end and aims to produce well-rounded and successful students with real choices who can take their skills and abilities onto their next step in education or employment.

MGS-Sixth-Form-Prospectus 2016

CURRICULUM SECTION (Describing Courses to Commence in September 2017)

Key People

Form Tutors and Teaching Staff are an important first point of contact to discuss any queries or problems. Please contact these people in writing or by leaving a telephone message with the school Office. Alternatively, you can email using the main school email address [email protected] , marking the email for the attention of the relevant member of staff.  Be aware that teachers spend much of their time in a classroom and are usually not free to answer a telephone or
to make calls at these times.

The Assistant Headteacher (Upper School,) Dr Everett, has overall responsibility for Years 11, 12 and 13 and he is the first point of reference for more serious matters. He works closely with:

Mr P Highway

Director of Learning Upper School (Hurricane & Endeavour Houses)

Miss A Kruppa

Director of Learning Upper School (Challenger &  Churchill Houses)

Mr M Holmes

Director of Learning Upper School (Invincible &  Spitfire Houses)

Mr P Conisbee

 Mr J Arnold

Student Services Manager

 Student Services Manager

Upper School Directors of Learning oversee years 11-13 in each of the above houses

In addition to being Head of Upper School, the Deputy Headmaster, Mr P Smith, is responsible for teaching and learning and the curriculum across the whole school . He works closely with Heads of Subject Departments who are responsible for teaching and learning in a particular subject.

In addition to being Head of Lower School, The Deputy Headteacher, Mrs Sewell, is charged with providing a safe, compassionate environment for the effective development of all of our students and to provide support for individuals where needed, liaising with outside agencies if appropriate.


  • "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
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  • "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)