Year10 French cuisine trip to Manchester

Y10 French GCSE students took the bus into Manchester to widen their horizons and try some traditional French cuisine.

Students sampled poulet, avec pommes de terre au gratin, bifteck-frites, poisson-frites and either a particularly good mousse au chocolat, or a great pavlova or a tarte au citron or some sorbet/glace.

It was a super experience and all students who came loved it! Merci!



Year10 Spanish trip to El Rincon

Our Y10 Spanish GCSE students took the bus into Manchester to put their Spanish-speaking skills to the test at El RincĂłn de Rafa and try some traditional Spanish tapas.

Students sampled everything from patatas bravas, chorizo, croquetas de jamón, pinchos, tortilla española, champiñones campesinos and too many more to mention! A huge gracias to the team at El Rincón and ¡hasta la próxima!

Denton Community College’s Head of Technology is using the college 3D printers to manufacture vital PPE (personal protective equipment)  for NHS staff and frontline workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mrs Arkinstall explained that she had managed to make 350 visors and had put in preparations & resources to make more.

Staff from the Millgate Medical Partnership Surgery in Denton were the first to receive the PPE Visors made by the Technology department and a batch are being prepared for a local Nursing home. Mrs Arkinstall will continue make and distribute the visors to local frontline workers who are desperately in need of this PPE in their fight against Coronavirus.
Using the equipment and materials Mrs Arkinstall has at her disposal she is hoping to support the NHS with  production of the visors over the coming weeks and has already contacted Tameside Hospital. Mrs Arkinstall plans to continue the manufacture at home on what she has nicknamed the “Arkinstall production line!”

We are very proud of you, thank you for your excellent work and well done from all at DCC for supporting our community against this terrible disease!




Celebrating English at DCC

Celebrating English at DCC

It’s been a great few weeks for book and poetry lovers at Denton, with our annual World Book Day celebration really getting students and staff talking about their favourite books. Not only were teachers dressed as their favourite book characters, but they were also wearing a label about their favourite books. Students were tasked with speaking to as many teachers as they could during the day, noting down their favourite book and the reason for loving it so much. The students with the most teachers and books on their list at the end of the day won a lovely (though non-literary prize). See if you can work out who was who below:

DCC Students were also celebrating getting their names in print last week, as copies of the National Young Writers Poetry Anthology began to arrive at school. This year we had an unprecedented number of entries for this brilliant competition and as a result, a huge number of year 8 and 9 students have seen their poems published in this wonderful book. This year the theme was Identity, and a lot of our students really seemed to connect with this, producing some emotional, deeply moving, unusual, and downright hilarious poems. It’s such a special occasion to have a piece of writing published and we couldn’t be prouder of our poets!

Denton Students win as Teen Tech Team!

Year 9 students from Design Technology visited the TeenTech event at Manchester University last week.
Altogether 10 students took the opportunity to be inspired by the contemporary world of Science, Engineering and Technology (STEM).
The TeenTech event gave students the opportunity to try their hand at experiments, to handle leading-edge technology and, most importantly to spend time with Engineers, Technologists and Scientists influencing their 21st-century lives.
Various prizes were handed out and the Denton “Teen Tech” ambassadors won the award for ’Best Design’ with one of their concepts. Well done Teen Tech Team!

Denton Community is proud to announce it’s the latest set of Alumni from the Brilliant Club University Scholars Programme. The students graduated from Manchester University last week after completing University style dissertations based on a wide range of topics in a range of disciplines. These included English, Maths, Science and Humanities.

This is the 4th Year that the college has been involved with the Brilliant Club programme and it is again a year of tremendous success for all the students involved.

This year 34 Denton students completed this challenging academic exercise, all students managed to complete all aspects of the course and submit work in order to obtain a University Style Degree Certificate.

The Scholars Programme recruits, trains and places doctoral and postdoctoral researchers in schools to deliver programmes of university-style tutorials, these are then 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 four 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 30% of the Cohort received the highest grade of either a 1st and 20% achieved a 2:1. These grades demonstrate that these students are working at A level standard. 50% of students achieved the next two grades of 2:2 or 3rd which are as good as GCSE level. All these grades are an amazing achievement considering that the students have not yet begun GCSE courses.

Congratulations to all involved, and special thanks to Ms Driver for organising, arranging and supporting this opportunity.