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Dane Court Grammar School's annual Prize Evening at The Winter Gardens on Monday 15 September was an uplifting celebration of student achievement. Chair of Governors Dr Virginia Austin welcomed the Mayors of Broadstairs and Margate, parents, staff and students.
Dane Court Grammar School is celebrating another year of outstanding GCSE results: 96% of students gained at least five GCSE passes at grades A*-C.
Among our outstanding students, Sarah Jones scored 12 A* grades and one A, Amy Napier and Alice Rawson both gained ten A* grades and at least two further A grades; Suzanne Fletcher and Esme Votta both gained nine A* and four A grades. Top-scoring boys were James Howard with nine A* and five A grades; Matthew Hancox, Daniel Van Hinsbergh and Alex Payne each gained seven A* and six A grades.
Science results were especially impressive, with 85% of students gaining A* and A grades in Biology, Chemistry and Physics. These excellent results mean that the large majority of students have secured the grades they need to progress to high-achieving sixth-form International Baccalaureate courses at Dane Court.
Head of School Andrew Fowler said “these superb results reflect the hard work of the students and the wonderful support they have received from their teachers and parents.”
Sarah Snaydon, Assistant Head, said “I am delighted with the success of our Year 11 students. They have worked very hard for these excellent grades, with a very significant number gaining four levels of progress. A number of students have overcome great personal hardship, and I am very proud of their success.”
Chair of Governors Dr V Austin commented, “As always, Governors are intensely proud of the achievements of students and staff at Dane Court.”
A group of 35 year eight students spent last week working with Education Busines Partnership Kent and local employer Cummins Power Generation to explore how we make electricity and other forms of energy. The week started with a visit to school by James and Sudhar - two ambassadors from Cummins. They brought with them a range of models and kits for our pupils to use when exploring many ways of generating electricity. In the afternoon James and Sudhar introduced our students to the challenge for the rest of the week; to develop an innovative way to generate power for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
In July 2014 students and staff from across the school joined forces to present High School Musical on Stage!
Created by Disney and based on their own 2006 TV movie; "High School Musical", the theatrical format retains the energy and strong story line (described by the author as a modern adaptation of Romeo and Juliet) of the film version.
Dane Court Grammar School is absolutely delighted with their International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma results, received this week. 92% of students passed the Diploma and, across the whole year group, the average point score was 33 – equating to the equivalent of 3 A level A* grades each.
Annie Hale, Head of Sixth Form, said "This was our first IB cohort with the whole year group studying either the IB Diploma or the IB Careers-related Certificate. They have performed quite brilliantly. The IB is the best educational offer in the world and is far more coherent and worthwhile than simply taking three A levels. The IB is also regarded by many as being more challenging than A levels – and our superb results prove that Thanet students not only have the sticking power, but also the talent, to compete against the rest of the world and come out on top."
There are over 100 sixth form students taking science subjects at Dane Court this year. They all took part in the Group 4 Project, an activity designed to provide them with an opportunity to develop their teamwork skills and explore a scientific topic in some depth.
Teams of students work on a research style project then create presentations of their work culminating in a Science Fair at the end of the week.