Safe for Autumn

GMFRS will this year continue its annual campaign to reduce the impact of Halloween and Bonfire night by undertaking its role in the Treacle Partnership. However given the ongoing situation regarding transmission of Covid 19 within the community in general, it has been decided that direct visits will not be undertaken with schools this, to minimise the potential effects on our workforce and the potential for our staff to act as a transmission pathway into schools.


Please click on the picture to take you to the Safe4Autumn website

Help Your Child with Home Learning – GCSEpod

Download Our Virtual Engagement Pack – Everything You Need as a Parent to make the Best Use of GCSEPod.

At DCC we are keen to help students get the maximum out of their home learning. Our partners at GCSEpod have created a pack to help support you with your child’s learning. Included in the pack is the new parent video which makes it simple to engage parents and provide support to them as they nurture their child’s learning with GCSEPod.

Please watch the video’s below for more information.

You can also download additional information here: GCSEPod – Parent Support Resources



To celebrate 20 years of supporting school breakfast clubs, Kellogg’s has awarded Denton Community College in Denton £1,000 to enhance the club and help feed children in the morning. Denton Community College was selected to receive this boost as Kellogg’s announce they are to double their investment in breakfast clubs in 2019 as more and more schools struggle to find the budget to fund this service for their pupils.

Breakfast clubs help with everything from attendance and attainment to alleviating hunger and providing pre‐school care. 68 per cent of teachers believe pupils would struggle to concentrate in class without their breakfast club, according to Kellogg’s research. Hayley Duffy Head of Community said: “We are so grateful to receive this generous donation. We have since been able to purchase more food for our provision and currently, we are supporting over 1000 students a week with our Breakfast Club delivery”.

These resources will help us to provide our breakfast club services for our children and their families thanks to the support from Kellogg’s.” Kate Prince, Corporate Social Responsibility Manager, at Kellogg’s, said “We’re proud to have spent 20 years supporting so many schools across the UK. We believe all children should have the opportunity to start the day with breakfast, and we know that equipment and resources are just as important to clubs as the food itself.” Kellogg’s has supported 3,000 school breakfast clubs with funds, food and training over the last 20 years – that’s 70 million bowls of cereal to children all over the UK since 1998.


Celebrating National Poetry Day at DCC


Celebrating National Poetry Day at DCC


This year, the theme for National Poetry Day is ‘Vision – See it like a Poet’. Students have been thinking about what this might mean to them, asking questions about how they view the world, something we are probably all doing during this strange and difficult year.


Throughout this week students have been engaging with a variety of poetry, from poems based on Greek Mythology to poems about relationships, to those written most recently which address the current issues that parts of the world are facing. Some of these poems touch on racial inequality, the coronavirus pandemic, mental health, identity and other important and relevant topics, helping our students engage with the wider world through their own writing and the work of others.


As well as studying and writing, there has also been a focus on reading poetry aloud, which in many cases is how it’s meant to be experienced. To support this, a number of staff have recorded readings of their favourite poems which the students have been listening to during form times, lessons, and school movement periods. In this way we are continuing to promote poetry as a creative outlet that can be enjoyed by absolutely everyone.


Feel free to listen for yourselves below and see if you can tell who is who!



(Thanks so much to our readers – Mrs Altimeemy, Mr Burgess, Miss Carter, Mr Cumming, Mr Day, Mrs Graham, Miss Hadgraft, Mr Haslam, Mr Lewis, Mrs Mallard, Mrs Marshall, Mr Nixon, Mrs Rowley, Mrs Stevenson)

Children’s Hospital Pyjamas

Over the next few months, we will be collecting new pyjamas for vulnerable children in our local hospitals.  Your donations will be greatly appreciated and students can drop them off at their Head of Year’s office.   Pyjamas must be new; preferably sealed but not wrapped, Boys & Girls, Newborn to age 16 (young adult). The collection runs from now until November 19th after which they will be delivered to the hospitals. We are collecting for Tameside General Hospital, MRI Hospital For Children and Stepping Hill Hospital.  

Unfortunately,  due to the current situation and social distancing, we have had to cancel our popular Christmas Fair event.

Therefore we are looking to run a virtual market.  If you are a local business/ craft seller and would like to promote your products via our website and social media platforms. One representative of each type of business will be promoted weekly.


If interested please email Mrs Duffy Head of Community



Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

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Letter for parents about COVID-19 symptoms

Public Health England have produced a letter for schools to distribute to parents which explains when a person requires a coronavirus test and what the symptoms of coronavirus are. The Department would be grateful if you could share and circulate this letter amongst parents at your school.

The intention of the letter is to help prevent children being taken out of school unnecessarily and answer some of the questions parents may have around testing.

You can view the letter here.

COVID-19 symptoms image for social media - if your child has a high temperature, a cough or a change in sense of smell or taste, book a test
COVID-19 symptoms image for social media - if your child has a runny nose, is sneezing or feeling unwell these are not normally symptoms of COVID-19

Resources for students receiving their GCSE, AS and A level qualifications this summer. Please hover over the text and click on hyperlink

Ofqual has published resources for students receiving their qualifications this summer

These resources include a student guide to post-16 qualification results  that provides students with additional information to help them understand how their results have been awarded, what to expect on results day, and the options available to them if they are unhappy with their result.

Ofqual has also published a student guide to appeals and malpractice or maladministration complaints in summer 2020. This information will help students understand if they have a reason to make an appeal or a complaint about malpractice or maladministration, including concerns about bias or discrimination.

The exam results helpline available from 12 to 28 August

The exam results helpline, delivered by the National Careers Service, will be available from 12 to 28 August to provide additional support to students and their parents as they receive their exam results. Callers to the helpline will have direct access to experienced careers advisers who can advise on the different options available to them including T levels, A levels, GCSEs, BTECs, apprenticeships and other vocational options. Support will also be available on topics such as clearing, university, gap years and the autumn 2020 exam series.

Phone: 0800 100 900

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 8am to 10pm