Our International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum pathways are world-class, knowledge-rich, internationally-recognised programmes which are highly valued by leading universities and employers.
The IBDP and IBCP are unparalleled in their breadth and flexibility, meaning that students can choose a combination of subjects which is tailored to their unique ambitions and interests. The breadth of the curriculum also enables students to make inter-disciplinary connections between subjects and areas of knowledge– a highly sought after skill in today’s increasingly competitive world. There is good reason why these qualifications are found in some of the most expensive independent schools and the most successful international schools in the world. Compared to A-levels, the IB develops students to be more independent, more open-minded and more likely to successfully complete their undergraduate studies (University Admissions Officers' Report, 2017).
The IB programmes are different from A Levels because they:
encourage students to think critically and challenge assumptions
develop independently of local and national systems, incorporating quality teaching and learning methods from research and the global network of schools
encourage students of all ages to consider both local and global contexts
develop multilingual students
develop independent research skills to help students thrive at university
Action for Children
Written by Mrs A Ives
Action for Children offer free advice for parents and carers of children aged 0-19 in the UK. They can support up to age 25 where a child has special educational needs.
Whatever your background or experiences, Action for Children are there for you. They know that everyone’s challenges are unique, and provide a welcoming space for all.
Kent Adult Education are offering a free course to parents. The details are as follows:
Would you like to:
Understand and look at the various principles of autism and the different aspects that can be present.
Learners will discuss:
The basic principles of autism and the different aspects
Different expert theories and understanding of the spectrum
The diagnosis process and how to go about it
Behaviour management, support and coping strategies
Online Course run on Zoom
Starting Wednesday 8th November – Wednesday 29th November 2023 19:00 – 21:00
We want you to enjoy learning with us. To help us provide the best possible experience for you, please let us know if you or your child have any disabilities or particular support needs.
Outstanding GCSE Results 2023
Written by Mr M Alderson
Students here at Dane Court Grammar School have once again demonstrated outstanding academic excellence, with an impressive 56% of all GCSEs graded 7 or above.
A remarkable 15% of examinations were awarded the top grade 9, testament to the outstanding efforts of both the students and the teaching staff.
Attainment was particularly strong in core subjects, with English, Maths and Science achieving high proportions of top grades. An astonishing 34% of students were awarded level 9 for English and 32% of students received either grade 8 or 9 in Maths. 99.4% of students passed both English and Maths.
Martin Jones, Headteacher, said, “The students have worked exceptionally hard and we are very proud of their achievements. These excellent grades reward the students’ hard work and commitment to their studies, as well as the expertise and dedication of the whole staff team. The students are very well prepared for post-16 study and we look forward to further success in the Sixth Form. The vast majority of the year group will start their IB courses with us at the start of September."
There were many individual success stories - some of the highlights include:
Edward Dunne achieved an astounding twelve grade 9s and will go on to study higher Maths, Physics and Computer Science.
Jacob Patton was awarded ten grade 9s and a grade 8, and will also study higher Physics, Maths and Computer Science.
Laurence Stephenson was awarded ten grade 9s and a grade 8, and will take higher Physics, Maths and Geography.
Gregor Hutchison achieved ten grade 9s and a grade 8, and will study Physics, Maths and Chemistry at higher level.
Neeraj Rajeev achieved nine grade 9s and two grade 8s, and will be studying Physics, Maths and Chemistry at higher level.
Joshua Stamford-Houseman was awarded eight grade 9s and three grade 8s, and will study Economics, Maths and Physics at higher level.
Milo Ainsworth achieved eight grade 9s, two grade 8s and a grade 7, and will be studying higher Biology, Chemistry and Social Anthropology.
Izzy Tighe was awarded eight grade 9s and three grade 8s, going on to study higher Physics, Biology and Maths.
Isabelle Wilcox achieved seven grade 9s and two grade 8s and will be studying higher Chemistry, Biology and Maths.
Connie Chesters was awarded seven grade 9s and three grade 8s, going on to study higher Chemistry, Biology and Spanish.
Lola Crossley also achieved seven grade 9s and three grade 8s, and will study higher Chemistry, Biology and English.
Amelia Parris was awarded seven grade 9s, three grade 8s and a grade 7, going on to study higher Chemistry, Maths and Spanish.
Louis Eldred achieved six grade 9s and four grade 8s, and will study higher Biology, Physics and Maths.
Sophie Beyer was awarded six grade 9s, four grade 8s and two grade 7s, and will study higher Chemistry, Biology and History.
Oasis Smith achieved six grade 9s and four grade 8s and will go on to study higher Chemistry, Physics and English.
We will use this webpage to help you get to know the school. Below are a series of resources for both you and your carers to help you become more familiar with the school and covering a range of aspects of school life. Our Year 7s have created some resources to support your transition and there is some additional information about transition in general.You will also be able to access electronic copies of information letters that have been sent out.
Transition into Year 7 can be a really challenging time for both students and their parents/carers! Our NHS Emotional Wellbeing Support Team will be facilitating several workshops over the summer holidays aimed at parents of primary school aged children who will be making the move up into secondary school. We would like to promote these to help support a successful transition to us at Dane Court. Sessions of interest might be the Starting Secondary School workshop that will be run twice, Understanding Anxiety workshop, and the Resilience workshop (see links below).
Transition Video produced by the Anna Freud Charity
Podcasts made by Year 7
Listen to our podcasts made for the Year 6s joining us in September on the reality of life at Dane Court.
Managing transition videos
Here are some really useful videos produced by Childnet to help young people make a smooth transition from primary to secondary. Videos cover issues such as having a first phone, group chats, and handling friend and follower requests.
Catching the bus to school
Stagecoach South East has created a useful video and leaflets for year 6 students intending to use the bus to travel to and from school:
Previous transition videos/slides made during covid
These were made during the covid pandemic. You may still find them useful.
Chatter 26 - summer 2023
Written by The Chatter Team
The DCGS Chatter team have, as always, been working hard to bring you this final edition of Chatter before the summer holidays.
Chatter members have been getting involved with lots of exciting events both within and outside of school since our Easter edition and writing a variety of reports to bring you all the latest DCGS news!
This edition includes exciting articles on the Medieval Banquet, Grease, International Food Evening and Sports Day, as well as recent school trips and updates on fundraisers, competitions and celebrations. We say goodbye and good luck to Year 11, Year 13 and some wonderful members of Dane Court staff and offer advice to those starting their GCSEs in September.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been a part of Chatter over the past 5 years, from attending meetings to writing articles, getting involved in school events and raising money for our Chatter fundraisers.
We hope you enjoy reading this edition of Chatter as much as we have enjoyed putting it together, and wish you all a restful and safe summer.
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...
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