Aberdovey Outward Bound Centre Trip

14th September 2017

Dear Parent/Carer

Year 7 Rewards Trip to Aberdovey Outward Bound Centre

We are exploring the possibility of offering the Year 7 students a residential trip to The Aberdovey Outward Bound Centre in Snowdonia. This is an exciting opportunity and is dependent on student’s attendance and behaviour in and around the College.

Students will have the opportunity to take part in various activities such as Kayaking, Gorge Walking, Orienteering and Rock Climbing incorporated with team building activities with fully qualified instructors.

We have provisionally booked the trip on Monday 12th February until Wednesday 14th February or Wednesday 14th February until Friday 16th February 2018. The itinerary for the stay will be confirmed if we have viable numbers for the trip.

The cost for the 3 day/2 night trip will be £154 which includes;

  • Return transport from Denton Community College to Aberdovey Outward Bound Centre
  • Full board accommodation
  • Programme of activities with instruction, supervision and equipment included
  • Varied evening entertainment programme

To take part in this opportunity we require

  • A non-refundable deposit of £20 by Friday 20th October 2017
  • Final balance of £134 payable by Friday 26th January 2018

(Payments can be made in instalments)

If you require any further information please visit the website www.outwardbound.org.uk/centres/aberdovey

Please return the attached permission slip and £20 deposit to Mrs Faverzani in Homebase 7 in a sealed envelope stating the students name and form by Friday 20th October 2017.

Cheques should be made payable to Denton Community College with your child’s name and form written on the back.

Yours sincerely

Mrs J Whitehead                                 Miss R Jefferson

Head of Year 7                                   Teacher of PE

Hand on Heart

14th September 2017

Dear Parent/Carer


The Year 7 students have chosen to raise funds for the Hand On Heart Charity. Hand on Heart are a dedicated charity to help create awareness of sudden cardiac arrest in the young and to help fund defibrillators for schools. Hand on Heart have kindly funded an additional defibrillator for the college.  We have been given the opportunity to get involved in a very special fundraising event to help raise funds to allow the charity to continue to support families and individuals and we hope that the students can get behind this event to help and support it.


As a charity that is committed to keeping children safe and prevent the deaths of 12 young people who die of sudden cardiac rest each week in the UK, we have been given the wonderful opportunity to hold a sponsored ‘Jump’ at Jump Depot in aid of Hand on Heart.

  • The Event – Sponsored Jump!
  • Details – We are looking for just 35 students to undertake a sponsored jump.
  • There is no fee to ‘jump’ all we ask is that every student agrees to raise a minimum amount of just £21.50* to take part which will include entry and jumping socks! (* this amount must be received prior to the event date).
  • The event will take place on Sunday 1st October at 5pm till 6pm.
  • Venue: Jump Depot Limited UK, Mossley Road, Ashton under Lyne OL6 6NQ

Students will need to make contact with Hand on Heart and they will then confirm all details with you accordingly. Please contact Lesley Groome (Fundraising Coordinator) on enquiries@handonheart.org or contact number: 0845 071 0822.

Yours sincerely


Mrs Hayley Duffy

Director of Community Learning 

Year 7 Pastoral Evening

8th September 2017


Dear Parent/Carer,


We would like to invite you to a short meeting with your son / daughter’s Form Tutor to see how they have settled into life at Denton Community College and to discuss any issues or concerns you may have.


The Year 7 Pastoral Evening is open to all Year 7 Parents/Carers and will take place in the Theatre. The evening will be held on Thursday 21st September 2017, beginning at 4:00pm and ending at 6.30pm. You will be allocated a 5 minute appointment within the half hour options the letter.


As with all appointment systems, timing rarely runs as precisely as everyone would wish, but we hope that by keeping to the time arranged the evening will run smoothly and to everyone’s benefit.


Please could you return the reply slip on the letter to your child’s Form Tutor as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely

Claire Evans

Assistant Headteacher

link to letter:
Year 7 Pastoral Evening letter Sept 2017

GCSE Timelable Letter – Sep 2017


6th September 2017

Dear Parent/Carer,

The examination boards have now published the dates for the 2017/2018 G.C.S.E. examinations. These dates have been published as final by the examination boards and apply across the whole country. They cannot be altered in any way except by the examination boards.
Attached is a list of all the examination dates which currently apply to students at Denton Community College.
Please note the dates for some exams, such as Dance and Drama, are to be set by the school later in the year when the Moderator contacts us. Similarly the practical Art examination comprising 10 hours of supervised work will be scheduled prior to the main exam session. French speaking tests must also be scheduled.

In a limited number of instances there are 2 opportunities to sit the same examination; your child will be informed which examination to prepare for by their teacher.
PE exams are online, on demand tests and therefore the students will be entered when their teachers feel they are ready. The students will be informed of dates and times by their PE teacher.


All students will receive an individual examination timetable and a personal statement of entry to check well in advance of any examinations that they are entered for.


Your son/daughter will not be awarded a grade in any subject where an examination is missed. Indeed, you may be asked to pay for any examination for which your child is entered but does not attend. It is therefore vital that your child attends all examinations scheduled for a subject.


If you have any questions regarding this matter please contact me as soon as possible.


Yours sincerely


Mrs Gill Rule – Examinations officer





Date AM Session PM Session


Date AM Session PM Session
10/01/2018 Music BTec Unit 1
11/01/2018 Travel and Tourism Unit 1


Exams still to be confirmed


Drama practical moderation in April*

Dance practical moderation in April or May*

Art Exam– 10 hour practical exam (2 sessions)

French speaking tests


*These dates will be confirmed when external moderators have been appointed by the examination boards


Date AM Session PM Session
14/05/2018 Computing: Paper 1 Computer systems

Travel and Tourism Unit 1

BTec Music Unit 1       ***

RS: Paper 1
15/05/2018 French: Listening

French: Reading

Science: Biology Paper 1
16/05/2018 RS: Paper 1
17/05/2018 Science: Chemistry Paper 1 Computing: Paper 2 Computational thinking
18/05/2018 French: Writing Drama
Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxxxx Xxxxxxxx
22/05/2018 English Literature Paper 1 Geography: Paper 1 Living in the world today
23/05/2018 Business and Enterprise


Science: Physics Paper 1
24/05/2018 Mathematics: Paper 1 Non- calculator
25/05/2018 English Literature Paper 2
04/06/2018 History Paper 1 Media Studies
05/06/2018 English Language Paper 1 Geography: Paper 2 The world around us
06/06/2018 Music GCSE

Business Studies         ***

07/06/2016 Mathematics: Paper 2 Calculator
08/06/2018 English Language Paper 2 History Paper 2
Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx
11/06/2018 Science: Biology Paper 2 Geography: Paper 3 Geographical skills
12/06/2017 Mathematics: Paper 3 Calculator History Paper 3
13/06/2017 Science: Chemistry Paper 2
14/06/2017 Resistant materials
15/06/2017 Science: Physics Paper 2
Date AM Session PM Session
Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx
19/06/2017 Graphics

Hospitality and catering ***

Xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx xxxxxxxx



** Arrangements will be made for students who have examination timetable clashes.


Please note this timetable is correct at the time of printing but students must consult their individual timetables nearer to the time of the exams to check that no changes or additions have been made.

Mobile Phones – September 2017


September 2017

Dear Parents and Carers

The academic progress of your child is the primary focus of Denton Community College. We continue to focus on what helps all children to achieve their maximum potential. It is our belief that Teaching and Learning is more productive when distraction is reduced. Therefore I would like to reinforce the school’s policy on how mobile phones should be used. Our policy clearly explains that phones should not be used in classrooms unless directed by the teacher.


We recognise that mobile phones are part of everyday life for many children and that they can play an important role in helping pupils to feel safe and secure. However we also recognise that they can prove a distraction in school and can provide a means of bullying or intimidating others. Therefore during Assembly this week students will be informed of the following:


  • Mobile phones and headphones must not be visible in classrooms

  • Students using phones and headphones in classrooms without the permission of staff will have them confiscated

  • Confiscated phones and headphones will only be returned to Parents or Carers after 3.30pm from Main Reception

Your child will also be challenged if they use phones and headphones outside Break and Dinner times. We are convinced that this will improve social interactions amongst students and create a more purposeful learning environment.
To ensure that the school has the very best climate for learning and that students are fully prepared for lessons we would ask that you discuss this with your child and thank you for your support. We also encourage Parents and Carers to continue to make contact with their child through the school day via the main reception and Heads of Year.
If you have any concerns please do not hesitate to contact either myself or a member of the pastoral team.


Yours faithfully,


J Haslam

Deputy Headteacher – Behaviour

Claremont and Wood Park farm trip

On Friday 14th July DCC Catering Students went on a trip to Claremont Farm and Wood park farm on The Wirral.

They started the day at Claremont Farm where owner, Andrew Pimley, talked to the pupils about the produce grown on the farm and the produce sold in the farm shop. They learnt all about food miles, sustainability and seasonal produce.
They had a chance to walk through the fields picking their own fruit which they LOVED!
We then headed to Wood Park farm which is a dairy farm connected to Liverpool University. The Pupils learnt all about a day in the life of a cow and even got to milk a cow!  The highlight was definitely seeing the calves who were just days old.
The trip will be very useful for the pupils who start their year 11 task when they come back in September.
A huge thanks to both farms for being so welcoming and informative.

The University of Manchester Trading Event

Congratulations to our Yr10 team of Business students who attend a Trading Floor event at The University of Manchester in June.  This is the first year Denton Community College have entered the event. The students traded shares and currency, making informed buying decisions after listening to live radio and news updates throughout the event.  Using their business knowledge they managed to turn a £21,000 investment into a £63,000 portfolio over 5 trading periods!  Despite being one team member short they still came 7th out of 25 teams from across Manchester which is a fantastic achievement!

Well done to Maisie, Josh, Thom and Lucie.

GCSE Facts for Parents

GCSE Factsheet Parent PDF Download

Is your child studying for GCSEs?

If so, or if they will in the future, you might be interested to know that GCSEs in England are changing. The courses and exams have been changed to ensure that young people have the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the 21st Century. The new GCSEs will ensure that students leave school better prepared for work or further study. They cover more challenging content and are designed to match standards in the strongest performing education systems elsewhere in the world.

Top facts about the new GCSEs

  1. 1  GCSEs in England will have a new 9 to 1 grading scale, to better differentiate between the highest performing students and distinguish clearly between the new and old exams.
  2. 2  Grade 9 is the highest grade and will be awarded to fewer students than the current A*.
  3. 3  The new GCSEs are being rolled out over the next few years, starting with English language, English literature and maths exams in 2017.
  4. 4  The old and new GCSE grading scales do not directly compare but there are three points where they align, as the diagram shows:
    • The bottom of grade 7 is aligned with the bottom of grade A;
    • The bottom of grade 4 is aligned with the bottom of grade C; and
    • The bottom of grade 1 is aligned with the bottom of grade G.
  5. 5  Although the exams will cover more challenging content, this won’t mean your child gets a lower grade than they might have under the old system. Ofqual, the exams regulator, will ensure that broadly the same proportion of students will get grades 1, 4 and 7 and above in any subject as would have got grades G, C or A and above respectively in the old system, other things being equal.
  6. 6  The Department for Education recognises grade 4 and above as a ‘standard pass’; this is the minimum level that students need to reach in English and maths, otherwise they will need to continue to study these subjects as part of their post-16 education. There is no re-take requirement for other subjects.
  1. 7  Employers, universities and colleges will continue to set the GCSE grades they require for employment or further study. We are saying to them that if a grade C is their current minimum requirement, then the nearest equivalent is grade 4. A* to G grades will remain valid for future employment or study.
  2. 8  For measuring school performance, we will publish the proportion of students achieving a grade 5 and above. The Department for Education recognises grade 5 and above as a ‘strong pass’, a benchmark in line with the expectations of top performing education systems around the world – this will be one of the headline measures of school performance. We will also publish the proportion of students achieving a grade 4 or above for transparency and to enable schools to show their students’ achievements.
  3. 9  Most GCSEs taken by students at schools in Wales and Northern Ireland will continue to be graded A* to G. The grading scales for AS (A to E) and A levels (A* to E) are not changing.

When is this happening?

  • The first exams for the reformed GCSEs in English language, English literature and maths are being held in summer 2017, with results in August 2017.
  • All GCSE subjects will be revised by 2018 and examined by 2020.
  • Between 2017 and 2019, GCSE exam certificates will have a combination of number and lettergrades. By 2020, exam certificates will contain only number grades.

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Holocaust history lesson for Denton pupils

Holocaust history lesson for Denton pupils
Monday 29th May 2017 09:21 Written by Tom Greggan

Year 9 pupils at Denton Community College were given a first-hand account of how one woman and her sister escaped the horrors of the holocaust last week.

Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines and her sister Eva were two of the 669 children saved from the Nazis by Sir Nicholas Winton MBE on the eve of the Second World War.

They were put on a train in Prague by their father on March 14, 1939, the day before Germany invaded Czechoslovakia. Lady Milena was just ten years old at the time.

She and her sister were cared for by a family in Ashton for a year before they were reunited with her mother, who had escaped their homeland via Norway.

In 1988, she was reunited with the man who had saved her family, Sir Nicholas Winton, on a famous and touching episode of That’s Life with Esther Rantzen.

Liam Spencer, lead teacher of religious studies at Denton Community College, was delighted to welcome Lady Milena to the school.

He said: “Year 9 study the holocaust as part of their religious studies course. We really want them to get a personal understanding of the troubles someone may have experienced so that’s why it’s a good opportunity to meet somebody like Milena and hear their genuine story. It’s more than just facts and figures on paper; it adds a real human element to it.”

Milena now lives in Preston, the birthplace of her late husband, Sir George Grenfell-Baines OBE, but returned to Ashton in 2015, where she met Civic Mayor Dawson Lane at the Museum of the Manchester Regiment at Ashton Town Hall.

On Monday, she was in Denton, regaling her extraordinary tale to a captured audience of 13-14-year- olds. She is a common speaker at schools, women’s institutes and rotary clubs and after addressing Year 9, she explained why she’s keen to spread her story.

“We feel that people ought to know what had happened all those years ago and what is happening now; it’s not very different from what happened then,” she said. “The idea is that some of us who had gone through this talk to the younger generation to make them aware that there are still children out there who desperately need to be saved.

“The two mantras; one of them is ‘do not stand by’ and I think that says it all.”

-Taken from https://tamesidereporter.com/2017/05/holocaust-history-lesson-for-denton-pupils/