Overview of Drop Down Days

PSHE drop down days provide an opportunity to deliver targeted and high quality PSHE education to students, as well as, enable the school to access education and training from external agencies.

Drop Down Days at Denton Community College are also designed to compliment, secure and extend the PSHE provision offered within forms dovetailing with this curriculum and ensure the statutory requirements for PSHE education are met.

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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 www.report-it.org.uk/your_police_force or for anti-Muslim hate crime, https://tellmamauk.org.

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 www.stoploansharks.co.uk.


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

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!


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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.




Dance Success

Congratulations to Chantelle in Year 9 who has won the  ProAm competition and solo league.

The category’s of her wins were:-
Under 14 ballroom
Under 14 latin
Under 16 ballroom

Under 16 latin

She has also met the mayor of Brentwood who is still following her success and was taught by some of the stars of Strictly Come Dancing.Dance Success

Brave Teacher’s Marathon

I’m running the London Marathon on April 22nd to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation. For me this is going to be a huge challenge as I was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2011 where my heart can and did just stop beating. This has led to 15 surgeries and a total of 372 days in spent hospital. Without the British Heart Foundations research I would quite simply not be alive as their funding and research have led to procedures I have directly benefitted from. When I was diagnosed with my condition in 2011 I was told that I would never finish my degree, I would never work full time and that I would never be able to run again. Thankfully for me treatment has improved, research continues daily to allow people to live longer and I’ve never been one for using the word never. As a full time teacher at DCC I have already proven two of their initial statements wrong and the marathon will be me proving the third and final one wrong also, its just taken a while longer. For me though its also proof that nothing is impossible and that sometimes if we work hard and commit ourselves to our goals we can achieve them. This is something I love to instil in the students I teach but is something I hope the whole school body will catch a part of as they hear about my achievements.
I am continually blown away by the support I receive both from staff and students at DCC. My classes in particular have been unbelievably supportive as they have been hearing about this marathon, and the training for it, for over of 4 months now. They will probably be as relieved when its over as I am! They are however excited about the potential of seeing me on the TV – I promise to give DCC a shout out should I get myself interviewed!
If you would like to read more about my story and more specifically why I’m running for the BHF please do visit my just giving page at www.justgiving.com/hopewins18

Denton Community College: Operation Encompass

On 26th February 2018 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 college.