Dartford Grammar School for Girls


History of Chartwell

Chartwell is the former country home of Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965). It is now in the care of the National Trust as a memorial with many souvenirs of his eventful political life.  Collections of Churchill’s books and paintings are kept there and everything is laid out exactly as it would have been during the forty years he and his family lived in the house.  Churchill was a landscape artist, he loved his garden and indulged his hobby of building brick walls.  Chartwell was a very happy home and he lived there until just before his 90 birthday.

House Colour: Red

Red is the colour of energy, passion and determination.  As a house we show strength and teamwork which helps to make Chartwell special and unique.  Being associated with Winston Churchill highlights these qualities within our house, and encourages us to be determined and energetic individuals.

Your Chartwell House Team for 2022-2023:

House Captain Kabeera 13G
Deputy House Captain Shopika 13B
Deputy House Captain Kenga 13B
Senior House Prefect Tobiah 13D

House motto:
Hakuna Matata

Our Charity Last Year:

Last year Chartwell raised an amazing amount of £462.66 during charity week for our previous charity 'Shine'.

‘Shine’ is a charity that provides support to people who live with the condition spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus as well as supporting their families and carers. The money Chartwell raised has been put to very good use. A letter and certificate has been sent to us thanking the students for raising money and explaining what their contribution has done for the people that the charity supports. This can be found on the Chartwell notice board in the main corridor.'

House Mascot: Simba

'This year we chose our house mascot to be Simba, hence why our motto is 'Hakuna Matata'. The reason we chose Simba is because he is known for showing braveness and determination in the film 'The Lion King'. These are qualities that we would like are students in Chartwell to follow. We would like them to always be willing to accept a challenge and strive to become the best version of themselves that they can be.'

Year 7 House Visit

On Monday 20 September, 7C went on our house trip to Chartwell House.  The day was fun-packed, enjoyable and amusing. It was a great bonding experience and a good way to learn more about our house, as well as a time to learn more about each other.

We had a pre-booked time to view the inside of the house and then played some games in the grounds.  Towards the end of the trip, we visited the gift shops, where we were able to purchase some gifts and souvenirs.

I cannot wait to have many more years and exciting trips with my form group.

Esther 7C