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.



Mr Rule pictured with the Year 8 enterprise team who raised £505.61 in support of Francis House Children’s Hospice. The team put a lot of hard work, time, effort and enthusiasm into inventing their decorated hot chocolate and sweet cones. Mr Rule enjoyed sharing their final donation amount and presenting the certificate to the students when they attended a reward meeting with the Headteacher today.


Standing up to hate crime and loan sharks

Tameside’s standing up to hate crime and loan sharks

 Young people in Tameside are being helped in standing up to hate crime and loan sharks.

Tameside Council teamed together with Prime Active Communities CIC and Greater Manchester Police (GMP) to deliver awareness sessions at Denton Community College.

They included workshops on identifying and tackling hate crime and anti-social behaviour delivered to 150 students by the Council’s Neighbourhood Services and Youth Services and GMP.

The Council’s Youth Services and Prime Active Communities CIC delivered a series of informative workshops about the dangers of using loan sharks, how to spot and report the signs and ways to borrow and save money responsibly to 1,300 students. A film also highlighted the dangers of using loan sharks and the support available to victims.

A representative from the England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) was also available at an information stand for any students wishing to chat in confidence.

The event was part of the College’s PHSE day with different organisations including CGL, You Think, Dog’s Trust and the Fire Service speaking to students about the services they provide.

Cllr Allison Gwynne, Tameside Council’s Executive Member for Neighbourhoods, attended the event. She said:

“No-one should ever face abuse or violence because of who they are and a lot of work is taking place in Tameside to eradicate hate crime, including educational activities that raise awareness and support our young people in doing the right thing.

“Loan sharks can devastate the most vulnerable people in our communities, causing them to get into financial difficulties and using the most callous methods to enforce their illegal debts. It’s important to give students an understanding of the dangers of loan sharks from an early age, as not only will they share what they have learnt with their families but also so they know to avoid these criminals in adult life.

“I’d like to thank everyone involved for creating these sessions and Denton Community College staff and students for their participation.”

The sessions were funded by the England IMLT using proceeds of crime money seized from convicted loan sharks.

Hate crime is any crime that is targeted at a person because of hostility or prejudice towards that person’s alternative subculture, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, gender ID/ gender reassignment.

If you’re a victim of hate crime, you can seek help or make a report by visiting or for anti-Muslim hate crime, Alternatively, in an emergency call 999 or for a non-emergency 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111. Anyone who has been the victim of a loan shark can report them in confidence on 0300 555 2222 or online at

Operation Encompass

Operation Encompass.

On 21st January 2019 Denton Community College is implementing a new project that will run jointly between schools and Greater Manchester Police. This project is called Operation Encompass.  It aims to support children who are affected by domestic violence by ensuring that their school is informed. This allows the school to support the children. If you have any other questions about this project, please do not hesitate to contact the school

Brain Tumour Research

The staff, students and families at Denton Community College have been raising money for Brain Tumour Research and so far raised an amazing £1280

Your Entrepreneurs raising funds for Francis House

An enterprising team from Year 8 have taken part in this years Dragon’s Den competition which is run by the Manchester Airport Community Group.  Competing against 20 other schools and students from Yr9 and Yr10 the team raised over £500 for their chosen charity which was Francis House.  The team came in 11th place and received special praise from the ‘Dragons’ for their professional pitch to secure their initial funding.  The team named themselves the ‘Candy Crew’.  They created a hot chocolate kit and festive sweet cones, which they sold in a variety of locations including Manchester Airport, local Primary school fairs and to their friends and family. A big thank you to everyone who supported the team and to Eden, Caitlin, Isobel and Jenna for all of their hard work

Manchester Bee Raffle

Congratulations to Michelle Delia, pictured here with Mr Rule our Headteacher, who recently won the school raffle prize of a framed Manchester Bee.
The proceeds of this raffle went to our Christmas charity for Brain Tumour Research, which the school has currently raised £533. Our overall aim is to raise £2,740, which will provide one full day of research at a centre of excellence.

Year 10 – MCFC Etihad Campus Trip

On Thursday the 13th December the year 10 BTEC sport students attended Manchester City’s  training facility. The trip was an insight into  one of their exam components . The topics covered included The Principles of Training, Nutrition and Psychology of Sport and Activity. The students observed Manchester City’s U16’s, U18’s and the women’s squad train. They worked alongside coaching staff from the analysis and academy team looking at their job roles and the journey they had been on to fulfil their career aspirations.

This was an amazing experience for the students. A massive thank you to Manchester City for the opportunity!


Montigny Centenary Visit

Students from Denton Community College were invited to accompany members of the Denton Town Twinning Association to Denton’s twin town of Montigny le Bretonneux on Friday 9th November 2018. The visit to commemorate the centenary of the the end of the first world war ‘Le Centinaire de la Grande Guerre’ also involved representatives from Kierspe, Germany and Marostica, Italy.

The town of Montigny had been given the great honour of collecting the flame from the grave of the unknown soldier in Paris and returning with this as part of a number of commemorative Armistice events. Students accompanied representatives from the town to the Arc de Triomphe to collect the flame on Saturday 10th November. Upon returning to the town hall at Montigny, student Tilly Arkinstall spoke to over 300 people (in French) about the her Great Grandfather’s experiences in the trenches at the Battle of the Somme.

On Armistice Day the students were part of the parade through Montigny le Bretonneux and laid a wreath at the town cenotaph on behalf of the people of Denton.