Dartford Grammar School for Girls


History of Hever Castle

Hever Castle was the girlhood home of Anne Boleyn (1507-1536), second queen of King Henry VIII and mother of Queen Elizabeth I.  A late 13 century moated castle with portcullis and central courtyard, it stands in beautiful grounds containing Italianate gardens, a lake and a famous maze.  The collection of classical statues on the terraces was acquired by William Waldorf Astor, former American minister to Italy who purchased Hever in 1903 and restored much of the castle to its former Tudor glory.

House Colour:  Purple

Purple is often associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, power, and ambition.  It also represents meanings of creativity, devotion, pride, independence.

Your Hever House Team for 2022-2023:

House Captain Gabrielle 13G
Deputy House Captain Temi 13B
Deputy House Captain Alisha 13C
Senior House Prefect Avenesh 13C

House motto:
To win the game, you have to play the game

Our Charity Last Year:

Our charities last year were Demelza, Mind and Cancer Research.

We decided to split up the money we raised in proportion of the percentage of the vote that each charity got when Hever was deciding on the charities to raise money for. The highest proportion of the money we raised went to Cancer Research, a research and awareness charity which is committed to funding cancer research of the highest international calibre.

Overall Hever Raised a staggering £684

Last year’s top forms were -  9H, who raised an excellent £230, 10H who raised £135 and Hever sixth form who worked hard to raise £120.  

House Successes:

Hever have a track record of winning the annual House Shield; this is all due to the amazing effort that all of Hever constantly put into all the House competitions, charity days and collecting House points. 

For instance last year (2016-2017), Hever earned a total of 11187 House points, the most out of all houses, which shows the hard work and dedication of everyone in Hever.  We hope to continue in this success this year by winning the house shield once again.

House Mascot: Bear

The bear can be seen as a figure of strength and confidence.

Year 7 House Visit

On the day of the house trip we got to school with much hope and excitement about the day ahead. We had period 1 and 2 and when lessons finished it was time for us to begin our journey. We chose our partners and sat waiting for the coach to move.

Whilst on the coach we got a chance to spend some quality time with our partners and friends. Then after a long and fun journey we finally got to Hever Castle and had time to eat our lunch.  Whilst we were eating, some really cute ducks came along and I think the ducks had lots of fun meeting us too!

The outside of Hever Castle was so pretty. There were so many different and unique plants. We took some photos and looked around. It was really amazing. When we went in, we got to learn so many interesting facts about Anne Boleyn. We saw their rooms, the dining halls, and their drawing rooms which were all so beautifully painted. I had never ever seen anything like this.

After we had all finished looking at the castle we went to the maze, it was really complicated but together we completed it and reached the end. I think we did really well! Last but not least we visited the gift shop. Everyone was looking forward to this. Some of us bought things here. There were cool things such as candles that smelt so good and so many other things that you wouldn’t find in other gift shops.

Then it was time to go home and when we arrived at the school gates our parents were there waiting for us so we could tell them all about our day.

Dhvani 7H