Summer School 2021

Summer School 2021

We are delighted to announce that Denton Community College will be operating an exciting Summer School that will be open to all our prospective Year 7 students. It will give your child the opportunity to participate in a range of exciting, stimulating and challenging activities over the summer period. The summer school will run on weekdays from Monday 2nd August to Friday 13th August between 9.00am-3.00pm. You can drop your child off at the school’s  community entrance at 8.45am.

We are planning a diverse programme of activities to engage the students throughout the duration of the provision. Activities will be delivered by our team of outstanding specialist teachers from across all subject areas and partner organisations.

Each day will focus on enjoyment, developing a variety of transferable skills such as; team building, confidence, determination and communication, as well as providing opportunities for meeting and making new friends and their new environment.

If you would like your child to have an opportunity to take part in our Summer School at Denton Community College, please complete the form sent via Admissions Plus by Friday 11th June:

Updated information can be found on the school’s website.

We will confirm your child’s place and send further details by Friday 18th June. If you have any further questions please email

Our Kids Eyes

Some of the students & staff involved in organising the DCC Virtual Christmas Fair presenting a cheque for some of the proceeds to local charity OKE

Denton Community College Alumni

We are inviting previous students to keep in touch as part of our new Alumni Programme.It is hoped that it will benefit students that are currently at the College, as well as create a network of support for those that have exited education.
The College has now been open for ten years with between four and five thousand students now having left on completion of their studies.  Forming an alumni is something that was very much at the forefront of our thoughts. It is hoped that the programme will create work experience and shadowing opportunities for current students and will help them to build experience for their CV’s ahead of moving onto further education and the world of work.

DCC flying the flag for diversity

Denton Community College has been honoured with an inclusion award by the Proud Trust.

The charity works with schools and colleges in the North West of England to ensure that young people who identify as LGBTQ+ are well supported.

Marking the achievement from left to right are Head of Religious Studies and PSHE Liam Spencer, Headteacher Greg Rule and Mayor of Greater Manchester’s LGBTQ+ supervisor, Carl Austin-Behan OBE.

“This award recognises the transformative work we’ve done regarding LGBTQ+ inclusion at Denton Community College,” said Liam.

This is something the students have been asking for and isn’t just for those that identify an LGBTQ+, but also those that want to be allies.







Tameside – Action Together – New Bulletin

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Good News!
Tameside hits 100,000 vaccinations.
Tameside and Glossop’s Covid-19  vaccination drive has reached a major milestone with 100,000 residents now having received their life-saving jab.

Well done Tameside!

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Over 50?
Still time to get your vaccination.
If you haven’t had your vaccination already, please book an appointment for your Covid-19 vaccine at:

Or you can call your local GP practice if you can’t access the booking site.

Tameside Vaccine Information
Census- Have you completed it?
Census 2021 will provide a snapshot of modern society, particularly relevant due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Census remains open until the 3rd May 2021 and any household which hasn’t completed the Census for whatever reason will receive a reminder. Households may also request a new unique 16 digit code or paper questionnaire by calling the Free Census Help Line on 0800 141 2021 or visit

Anyone having difficulties completing the Census due to language difficulties can contact the Free Language helpline on 0800 587 2021 for assistance and translation support.

Census 2021 find out more
Tameside Healthcare Services Easter 2021.
Anyone feeling unwell over the Easter bank holidays can still access a variety of healthcare services when their GP practice is closed.
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Ideas for Easter!
IF you’re wondering if there will be anything for your children to do during the Easter holidays then “beast” your eyes on what’s on offer.

Tameside Cultural Services have come up with some great family-friendly activities and all with a mega-beast theme to please anyone who loves dragons and dinosaurs. Their programme includes everything from crafting and creating to a dinosaur egg hunt in parks and outdoor spaces.

Find out more
Easter Holiday Camp! Curzon Ashton FC
Tuesday 6 April – Friday 16 April (weekdays). Free places for children in receipt of free school meals.

For more information please contact Mark Bradshaw on 0161 330 6033 or email:

Latest Voluntary Sector News.
Visit Action Together’s What’s New section on our website for all the latest voluntary, community and social enterprise news across Oldham, Rochdale, Tameside and Greater Manchester. You’ll find out about the following:

  • What helps VCSE Organisations Keep Greater Manchester Moving?
  • Ageing Better: All about money? The links between loneliness & poverty
  • Support from Good Finance for Black and Ethnic Minority led social enterprises
  • #RightNow Campaign

And much more!

Click here to read our latest news
We offer support, information and guidance to Tameside residents and organisations on a wide range of volunteering opportunities. You can find local volunteering opportunities from hundreds of organisations on this page.
Meet the Charities!
Action Together is hosting a series of Meet the Charity – Volunteer Information Meetings over the next few weeks. With hopefully more local charities scheduling a session soon!

These online, informative yet informal meetings are a fantastic opportunity to learn more about Tameside’s charities, the work they do, the people they support and how you can get involved as a volunteer!

Coming soon:

Finding Rainbows offers support to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, child or through early pregnancy loss.

When: Monday 12 April 10am -11.30am

Find out more

Tameside Volunteer Coffee and Catch up!
These informal meetings will help us keep in touch with one another. They are a space to discuss organisational updates you may have, how you are involving volunteers and staying connected to them during this time. There will be an opportunity to meet people from other local organisations, to share ideas and to ask for advice.

When: Thursday 22 April, 12.30pm – 2pm.

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Give Time to Tameside.
Do you live in Tameside and want to support your local community? Come and find out what’s available in your neighbourhood, and the different ways you can give your time, whether you want to support a local group or you have your own ideas, we are here to help!

When: Wednesday 7 April, 6pm – 7.30pm.

Book your place
If you need training, support, advice or help with funding, contact the Action Together development team on Tel: 0161 339 2345 or Email:
Advice and Guidance for Community Groups During COVID-19
Action Together is working closely with partners to identify best practice guidance for voluntary, community and faith sector groups to safely operate. As local and national restrictions continue to change we will provide the most up to date information we have available and how these may impact your building, services or activities.

Please join us for a Q&A session.

When: Tuesday 13 April, 10am-11am

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We help people make connections and have a voice. We link people with avenues of support, groups with other groups and partners that can help their organisation and help to influence decision making locally. Get my group connected >>
Tameside Poverty Action Network
The Poverty Action Group is a place for voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise groups and partners to work collaboratively on issues we feel will help to alleviate poverty in Tameside.

Contact Dawn Acton to find out more about the network.


Click here to book on a Tameside Poverty Action Network Session
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The Greater Manchester Mayor and the VCSE Sector – a hustings.
This hustings is your chance to put questions and requests to the candidates ahead of the Mayoral election on 6 May. The three main party candidates have been invited to attend this meeting.
Whether you are able to attend the meeting or not, GMCVO is asking all GM based VCSE organisations to spare a few minutes to answer a couple of questions, the responses of which will inform a ‘Manifesto for the VCSE sector’ which will be sent to all candidates.

When:  Via Zoom on Wednesday 14 April 12noon -1.30pm

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Neurodivergent Creatives wanted!
These workshops run by Starling, are aimed at young people who identify as neurodivergent * providing a creative and social experience for all.

*Autism, ADHD, Learning Disability, Mental Health, Epilepsy, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia, Dysgraphia, Trauma (Young Carer, Care Experienced).

Where: Moravian College in Fairfield/Droylsden

When: From Thursday 8 April 4pm – 5.15pm

For more information please

Find out more about Starling
Henshaw’s Tameside.
Henshaws work with people of all ages, both children and adults, living with sight loss and a range of other disabilities living in Greater Manchester. We aim to empower people with sight loss to take steps to change their lives for the better, with independence and friendship being at the heart of everything we do.

Our Tameside Enablement Officer, Kathryn, will support you in working out what your needs and priorities are, to live a more independent and fulfilled life. We can introduce you to other people living with sight loss in your area, help you work out what technology may make life that little easier for you, provide you with professional emotional support through our counselling service or simply assist you in ensuring you are claiming the correct benefits you may be eligible for.

If you would like to find out more about how Henshaws services can help you, please give Kathryn a call on 0300 222 5555 or visit our website

The next Tameside over the phone Living Well With Sight Loss – starts Thursday 15 April  at 2pm.

Action Together’s Find Funding page includes a range of local, regional and national funding opportunities. Find out more>>. Sign up to our Funding eBulletin here.


A huge well done to our Eco-Committee, whose efforts pre-lockdown in producing an action plan to improve recycling across DCC has been recognised with the Eco-Schools Bronze Award.


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’. The testing of students in college continues to progress well and we are now at the stage where we are ready to move from testing in college to home testing.

If you gave consent for your child to take part in the COVID-19 testing currently taking place in College then no further action is needed, your child will receive their first batch of home testing kits this week when they receive their third and final test in College.

If you did not give consent for your child to take part in the COVID-19 testing taking place in College then you may still opt-in to home testing for your child. Please read the attached letter outlining our approach to home 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 opt-in to home testing for your child/children then please complete the Consent form for opting-in to Home testing for your child/children before Friday the 19th of March, 2021.

If you choose to opt-in to home testing for your child, they will receive their first batch of home testing kits in the week commencing Monday, the 22nd of March, 2021.

Below you will find some responses to frequently asked questions, additional information, and the letter sent home about home testing if these do not answer any query you may have then please feel free to contact Mr Nixon.

 Letter to Parents and Carers (Testing)

Some frequently asked questions about home testing

Testing yourself for Coronavirus Pupils & Parents Guide to the Rapid Lateral Flow Test

A guide to regular testing for parents with children at nurseries, schools and colleges


DCC celebrate World Book Day 2021

In recent years, DCC students have been used to celebrating World Book Days with scenes like this – staff dressed as some of their favourite book characters, and students completing quizzes and challenges to win prizes based around their teachers’ favourite books. Of course, this year things will be very different but we are still celebrating World Book Day and the powerful effect that reading can have on our mental health.

Scientific studies have shown for many years the positive effect that reading can have on academic attainment, but there are so many other positives to it besides helping students to achieve better grades in school, including the evidence that it can reduce stress AND combat the symptoms of depression. The positive effect reading can have on our mental health really cannot be underestimated, and this is especially important given the difficulties we have all faced over the past 12 months.

Unsurprisingly, the boredom and anxiety that some young people have experienced during lockdown has seen more and more of them reading for pleasure. After all, there are only so many times they can practice their new Tik Tok moves!

The Literacy Trust has carried out a study of nearly 60,000 people aged 11-18 about their attitudes to reading in Lockdown. Over 60% of those surveyed said that reading had made them feel better “overall” during the 2020 Lockdown, and just over 30% said specifically that reading had helped them to deal with missing their friends and family members.

Here at DCC we are still promoting a love of literature throughout college, despite the lockdown, and we can’t wait to welcome students back through the doors in the coming days to celebrate with us – already there has been an online quiz to identify the Mystery Staff Readers and there will be prizes to win, other competitions to enter and book tokens to spend waiting for students upon their return.

If you would like to try and guess the mystery readers watch our assembly video below and submit your answers through the link. Happy Reading!

Submit your answers here