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

Picture of Health

The June edition of the Picture of Health has a focus on ‘Summer Health’ – covering a full range of messages to keep ourselves safe and healthy this Summer.   Please share this with colleagues and partners and for those on social media, we have broken down the Picture of Health into segments and provided a tweet/ post sheet for wider promotion. These can be accessed via dropbox:


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Tia in Year 9

Tia in year 9 has just won the National Championship for her age group in Karate. She has also won 2 gold medals and is now the Regional Champion. As a result Tia has once again qualified for the world cup in Australia later this year. Well done Tia, this is an amazing achievement and we are all really proud of you!


Maya in Year 7

Maya in Year 7 has auditioned and successfully been chosen to represent England in the Dance World Cup in Germany later this year. She will be performing in the Children Classical Solo section. Well done Maya, we are really proud of this amazing achievement.


Disrespect NoBody, February – March 2017


Disrespect Nobody

The  second phase of the Home Office Disrespect Nobody campaign will run from 2 February until the end of March 2017. The campaign is focussed on digital and mobile first and will also run on TV aimed at young people, such as The Brit Awards and the Big Bang Theory, on radio, Spotify, cinema and online including catch up TV, X-Box, YouTube and Snapchat.  The first TV advert will run in the evening of Thursday 2 February in the Hollyoaks advertising break.

The aim of the Disrespect NoBody campaign is to prevent young people, both boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years old from becoming perpetrators and victims of abusive relationships.

For 2017 the focus of the campaign will be consent and sexting, which are both issues where many young people need more education and information. The campaign advertising directs young people to the website where they can get further information and signposts them to organisations who can provide support.

H2B (How to be) Safer!

mzl.mvjkmcatThe h2bsafer (how to be safer) hub is designed to provide you with information and advice that is easy to access and simple to understand. Use the short videos and step-by-step prompt cards to ensure you have a safer online experience.

Click on the image for detailed instructions and videos about how to make sure you have the correct privacy settings for your Social Media accounts.