Denton Community College students from Year 9 graduated from Manchester University on Thursday 7th February 2019 after completing University style dissertations based on a wide range of topics in a range of disciplines. These included English, Maths, Science and Humanities.

The students have taken part in the Brilliant Club through the Scholars Programme.

The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, which are supplemented by two university trips. It aims to increase the number of pupils from under-represented backgrounds progressing to highly selective universities. They do this by mobilising the PhD community to share its academic expertise with state schools. DCC has worked with the programme for three years.

This year DCC entered it’s the largest cohort of students and they worked to complete University style dissertations over an extended period of time. The students were highly successful and produced the best results the school has seen from the programme.

Their work was marked with a University style grading system, and over 60% of the Cohort received the highest grades of either a 1st or a 2:1, this demonstrates that these students are working at A level standard, and 38% got the next two grades of 2:2 or 3rd which is a good GCSE level. This is an amazing achievement considering that they have not yet begun GCSE courses.

Congratulations to all involved, and special thanks to Ms Driver, Ms Lamb, Ms McCartney and Ms Dixon for organising arranging and supporting this opportunity.