During the summer holidays 19 Dane Court students took part in the National Citizenship Service. This fantastic and engaging programme took students away for a week of team building activities and on their return to Thanet they ran social action projects to promote Help for Heroes, Breast Cancer Awareness and Oasis Domestic Abuse Service. During their celebratory event at Dreamland on the 14 September the teams won awards for creativity, innovation and determination.
New school year and uniform reminder
Written by Mr M Alderson
The start of the new school year for all students is 8:40am on Wednesday 5 September 2018.
Important documents are available in our Summer Mailing section. There will be a few more items added in August and September (Homework Timetables, for example) so please check back later.
Students in years seven to 11 should wear standard uniform when they return to school.
This week is Freshers' week at universities across the UK. Dane Court would like to wish all our students who graduated from the IB this summer well in their new endeavours.
This year students are leaving us to study at University of Cambridge, Durham University, Imperial College London, University of Kent, London School of Economics and Political Science and University of Warwick to name but a few.
As well as university pathways students will be embarking on apprenticeships at Kreston Reeves, Boeing, St Mildred’s Primary School and here at Dane Court Grammar School.
The last two years studying the IB at Dane Court has been a significant journey for everyone and will set the students up well to manage the studies and responsibilities required of them.
Sixth Form students at Dane Court Grammar School celebrated impressive successes today.
The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IBDP), which is the world’s foremost academic qualification for 18 year-olds, requires students to study a balanced diet of six subjects, three at higher level. The programme also includes a 4,000 word research project and 150 hours of creativity, activity and service.
Headteacher Andrew Fowler praised the hard work and dedication of all the students in the school’s sixth form: “This demanding qualification equips students in Thanet for lifelong success and enjoyment of learning across the world. No other qualification comes near it for the global opportunities it opens up to our students. I hugely respect our students for their courage and vision, and congratulate them on their astounding success. They have been very well supported by their teachers and parents. The great feature of the IB is that, although it is undoubtedly ambitious, it is also accessible to all students in Thanet: we have courses here for everyone.” These excellent results came in the same week that Dane Court was dubbed the ‘Top secondary school in Thanet’ in data produced by the Department for Education, recognising the school’s performance across a range of measures including student progress, academic success and attendance
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is graded out of 45 points, where 33 points would be the equivalent of 3 A* grades at A level. Top performing students at Dane Court this year include Esme Atkinson (42 points: heading to Cambridge University to read Geography); Siobhan Corby Tobin (43 points: Philosophy at Cambridge); Ronan Docherty (40 points: Physics at Imperial College, London); Niamh Houlihan (40 points: History at Durham); Dan Majd (40 points: Natural Sciences at Imperial College, London); Niamh McHugh (41 points: Biological Sciences at Liverpool); Megan Tudor (40 points: History at Exeter); Jack Walton, with an amazing 44 points (Exeter University to read English); and Sophie Wise (Geography at Cambridge).
Annie Hale, Head of Sixth Form, commented that, “These fabulous International Baccalaureate grades come as little surprise: they are the result of considerable effort by our students over the past two years and I would like to join with the staff of Dane Court to congratulate all our year 13 students, who have achieved so highly in this prestigious and demanding qualification. We are truly proud of their achievements.”
Our International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) students achieved a 86% pass rate. To gain this pioneering qualification students studied a suite of IB Diploma subjects that complimented their vocational studies, completed a project about an ethical issue, a Japanese cultural enrichment course, as well as a 50 hours community service project. Top performing IBCP students at Dane Court this year are: Lily Anderson (16 points: Apprenticeship in travel conservation), Morgan Lawrence (16 points: Early Childhood Studies at Christchurch University), Luke Powell (19 points: Sports Psychology at Bournemouth), Thomas Skinner (21 points: Accountancy at Sussex), Melissa Linton, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, commented that, “Our IBCP students fully deserve these excellent results. They are a very dynamic group of young adults who are academically and vocationally strong, and are well prepared for university study or the apprenticeship routes they have achieved. I wholeheartedly congratulate everyone on the programme and wish them the best for the future.
Abbie at Paris World Games
Written by Mr M Alderson
One of our year 9 students has recently returned from an exciting week of international Rugby Sevens competition. Abbie took part in the Paris World Games between 9 and 13 July 2018.
The Dane Court Grammar School Parents Association's monthly boot fairs usually take place at the school from 6:30am on the second Saturday of each month with breaks over winter and during the summer holiday. Read more...