Masterclasses in Criminology, Policing and Politics were on offer last week as part of an IBCP Year 12 Vision Morning held in conjunction with Canterbury Christchurch University.
Ten lecturers from a diverse range of Faculties spent the morning at Dane Court as part of a programme of events designed to promote dialogue and aspiration by an introduction to university level subjects in nine different areas.
Engaging students in a dialogue about future pathway possibilities was the prime focus of the morning with Faculty staff able to give insights into the study methods and skills required for a step into Higher Education. Many students took advantage of the opportunities on offer to try out new subjects, with Criminology and Policing being exceptionally popular.
The energy and expertise of the lecturers ensured that this collaboration between School and university was a focused morning for information and a widening of ideas giving all the participants an enhanced understanding of the broader horizons after sixth form.
Published: Friday, 15 November 2019 15:46
Written by Mr M Alderson
Whilst the eyes of the world were trained on a certain rugby pitch in Japan, Dane Court sixth formers were involved in a different kind of pitch, taking part in “The Big Pitch” in front of Ramsgate Mayor Councillor Raushan Ara.
Dane Court was delighted to welcome six newly crowned world champions back to school after the summer break. Taking first place in the Under 16 category at the UDO World Street Dance Championships held in Blackpool, the girls showcased a three minute dance routine based on the popular television series “Peaky Blinders”.
Wearing the iconic costumes of suits and trademark flat caps, the six girls impressed the judging panel with their blend of complex choreography, inspired interpretation and finely honed skill and timing mixed in with a strong dash of passion and enthusiasm. Fans of the television series would be impressed with the girls’ skilful reworking of some of the storylines and themes as they successfully translated scenes into the street dance arena. The impressive World Trophy now resides at WiseWoods Dance School where the girls are hoping to add to their silverware with their qualification into the advanced level of the competition.
Sixth Form students at Dane Court Grammar School celebrated stunning results this week in their International Baccalaureate Diploma (IBDP) and International Baccalaureate Careers-related Programme (IBCP) qualifications.
The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, which is a rigorous post-16 academic qualification delivered in some of the most prestigious independent and international schools around the world, requires students to study a balanced range 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.
Head of School, Martin Jones, praised the hard work and dedication of all the students in the school’s Sixth Form: “This demanding and rigorous qualification equips students for lifelong success and enjoyment of learning across the world. Our students have demonstrated resilience and independence and this will provide them with such a strong foundation for future success. I congratulate all of our students on their success; we’re very proud of them. 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.”
The International Baccalaureate Diploma is graded out of 45 points, where 24 points is the pass mark. Once again the average points score for the Diploma at Dane Court exceeded 33 points (in the context of university entry requirements this is equivalent to A and B grades at A level, and provides access to some of the best universities in the UK and across the world). As a consequence of this excellent performance, the vast majority of students have already secured their first choice university place or career-related placement.
Top performing Diploma students at Dane Court this year include Olivia Button (41 points: heading to Edinburgh University to read Veterinary Medicine); Eljoh Balajadia (40 points: Experimental Psychology at Oxford University); Lily Finch (39 points reading English also at Oxford University); Joe Chesters (40 points: University of Durham to read Natural Sciences); Daniel Nisan (40 points: Mathematics at University of Kent); Riona Newaz (40 points: also Durham for Spanish and German). In total, 57 students (out of 61) gained 24 points or more. Students will spend the next few days confirming their places at the best universities in the UK.
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.”
Melissa Linton, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, recognised outstanding achievements from the IBCP students who have achieved Level 6s in a variety of subjects including, Mathematics, Psychology, Biology and English Literature to name a few. This year, 100% of IBCP students have successfully completed the full programme. Our IBCP students will be leaving us to follow academic and vocational degrees at university. Top performing IBCP students were Harry Costin (studying International Business at the University of Kent), Luke Rigney (studying Psychology at the University of Portsmouth), and Emily Walton (studying Primary Education at Canterbury Christ Church University). The following IBCP students have done exceptionally well to secure apprenticeships; Casey McKweon in Quantity Surveying, Myles Avory in Accountancy, and Georgia Solly in Business Management.
Kurl-Ann joined us in January 2018 shortly after arriving in the UK. She enrolled on our International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme studying on the Health and Social Care pathway. Over the last eighteen months Kurl-Ann has studied IB subjects Psychology and Biology, as well as completing voluntary work, studying Japanese culture and an internship at Age UK in Margate. She was able to complete her studies in Health and Social Care a year early and has been accepted on a place at Kingston University to study BSc (Hons) Adult Nursing. Kurl-Ann is courageous young woman and we wish her every success in the future.
The NCS factor
Published: Tuesday, 09 October 2018 10:29
Written by Mrs M Linton
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.
All the best to our IB graduates
Published: Thursday, 20 September 2018 20:35
Written by Mr M Alderson
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.