As we continue to look at ways to support our local businesses, we are also very aware that individuals have already lost their livelihoods and that you yourselves may be struggling as households. We have set up a new section on our dedicated webpage www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus for the latest support available to individuals. Please do take a look and pass this information along to those you think it might help. It includes guidance on mortgage and rent payments as well as changes to universal credit and current job opportunities https://www.tameside.gov.uk/coronavirus/jobs
We would also appreciate your support in keeping this information current, particularly the jobs page. If you are aware of any other opportunities please could you email email@example.com with the title ‘JOBS’ so that it can be quickly picked up.
Denton Community College has a duty of care to all its students, staff and our wider community. We are following the advice given out by the Department for Health and Social Care and Public Health England. We are monitoring all advice and guidance and will keep this page updated on a daily basis.
Students have been given information about the Coronavirus and about the importance of good hygiene. Students should not worry as it appears that the young are the least vulnerable age group. It is important though for them to take precautions so that they do not pass the infection to people who may be more affected.
On this page, you will find a short explanation and a link to Government guidance. Please click on the link for more information
Where can I find more information about Coronavirus?
Is College open and what measures are being taken?
Details can be found about when and how college will be open through the Letters page.
Please ensure you follow this page. The headteacher will give information directly to parents in his letters The most recent communication to parents via letters can be found here: Letters 2020/21
Information from the DFe about school re-opening can be found here: Click Here
Will my child be regularly tested for Coronavirus?
As you will be aware, on Monday 22nd February 2021 the Prime Minister announced to the nation that from 8th March 2021 ‘pupils and students in all schools and further education settings can safely return to face-to-face teaching’ and that ‘school attendance will be mandatory for all pupils, with secondary schools and colleges able to phase return over the week of 8th March to allow students to be offered testing on return’.
Regular testing of our staff and students has already begun in our on-site testing facility. The COVID‑19 tests, known as ‘lateral flow devices’, help identify asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 that might otherwise not be detected within school populations, and the government hopes this testing will reduce the ability of the virus to spread undetected. Anyone who has a positive result will immediately have to self-isolate for ten days, as would his or her close contacts.
The testing will be carried out by a team made up of school staff and some external volunteers all of whom have completed the required government training to enable testing to take place and have full DBS safeguarding checks. The tests are entirely self-administered – the students will complete the process themselves – and they will need to have three tests within six to ten days. However, this can only take place with your consent – no test will be taken without it.
If you would like for your child/children to take part in this testing programme you need to give your consent for them to do so. Please read the attached letter outlining our approach to testing in more detail and the attached COVID-19 testing privacy statement detailing the data we will need to collect from you and how it will be treated. If after reading these documents you wish to give your consent for your child/children to take part in the testing programme then please complete the relevant consent form below before 3pm on Wednesday the 3rd of March, 2021.
On Friday 15th January 2021 the Department for Education (DfE) announced the opening of the consultation regarding their proposals for replacing the GCSE examination series schedules for the summer of 2021. In the DfE press release which can be found here, it is proposed that teachers are to determine grades using a range of evidence that reflects students’ hard work and ability.
Following that consultation the DFe has set out for Parents, Carers, Students and schools in a process to outline how the principles behind grade allocation for 2021: Click Here
Do you have any information in relation to Face coverings?
From the 8th March, the DFe has stated that Staff and students in secondary schools and colleges are advised to wear face coverings in all areas, including classrooms, where social distancing cannot be maintained and as a temporary extra measure.
What is the package proposed by the Department for Education?
Following the announcement of the roadmap by the Primeminster on the 23rd February which laid out a cautious easing of restrictions, the government on Wednesday 24 February, announced further elements of the recovery support package so children and young people can catch up on missed learning and development due to the pandemic. Details of this package can be found on the DFe website: Click Here
When should I self isolate?
Click on the information below, for detailed guidance on the circumstances when isolation will be necessary.
Is there any additional support for students who are entitled to Free School Meals?
Free School Meal vouchers
As you may have heard, Tameside Council announced that no child in Tameside on free school meals would go hungry over the half-term break. A voucher to the value of £15 from either Tesco or Asda is available for each eligible child even though half-term is over.
Parents or carers of children on benefits-related free school meals can go to the Tameside Council website and complete an online form to access the voucher. Further information and how to apply can be found here at www.tameside.gov.uk/voucher
If you are unsure about filling in the form please contact the Early Help Access Team on 0161 342 4260 to talk through the process. Likewise, if you need any other urgent support you can contact the team on the same number. There is also information on wider help available for children and families on their website at www.tameside.gov.uk/earlyhelp/neighbourhoods
Where can I find additional help during the pandemic?
The information on his page includes Safeguarding Concerns, Foodbanks, Tameside Support Services, Domestic Violence, Mental Health and other useful links.
Please also follow the school twitter account for regular updates: @DCC_News
Where can I find support with Parenting?
Are School tripstaking place?
On 12 March 2020 the government advised schools that students under 18 should not travel abroad. As a result, we had already cancelled all foreign trips this academic year. Following Government advice on 16 March 2020, the decision has been taken to postpone all school trips and visits for this academic year until further notice. This includes events with Partner schools either on or off-site, Field Trips related to coursework, Duke of Edinburgh activities and outward bound events.
We are currently working with trip providers to recover any payment made for trips which are no longer taking place. Once funds have been returned to school, payments will be refunded via ParentPay.
School trips currently planned for academic year 2020/21 are under review, we will watch developments and follow UK government guidance over the coming weeks before deciding on these trips. Anyone who is part of an organised trip will be contacted by the trip leader in due course.
What about parents and other visitors coming to school?
We are keen to continue to engage with parents, we will have these discussions on the telephone or through email. Telephone meetings can be arranged in the normal way. Visitors should only enter reception if absolutely needed, visitors to school must make a prior appointment. The safety of our school community is our main priority.
Please ring school by 8.30 am to inform us that your child will be off if your child has been allocated a place as the child of a Key Worker. It would be helpful if you gave full details rather than just saying that they are ill. If they are self-isolating please tell us that and the start date of their self-isolation. There is then no need to ring each day unless they need to stay off longer than expected to recover.
How will work be provided if the school has to close again or if my child has to Self Isolate?
We will provide work via Google Classroom and the school VLE. It would be useful for you to check with your child that they can access Google Classroom and their email account. If there are any problems please let us know.
Please direct any Username and Password issues to:
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!
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.