Congratulations on gaining a place to join our school! We are looking forward to meeting you soon and telling you all about life at Dane Court. We will be using this webpage to help you get to know the school. We will release 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. From this site, you will be able to access electronic copies of information letters that have been sent out and we will be posting resources that our Year 7s have created to support your transition.
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 22 - Summer 2022
Written by The Chatter Team
Dane Court's student newspaper Chatter team have been working super hard reporting on events in and out of school over the past couple of terms, to bring you this special bumper summer edition of Chatter.
Bursting with many fantastic articles to read from students across the school, such as how the students at Dane Court were successful in many different aspects of their school life and events outside of school. Our fantastic students have also been reporting on celebrating results for IB subjects and Ofsted. There are book reviews and articles on all of the great events that have happened in school such as sports day, bistro’s and the return of the ever popular mediaeval banquet.
Also in this edition there are the usual end of year farewell to members of staff and our fantastic Year 11 and 13 students.
If anyone would like to join the chatter team just come along and see what we get up to, details on meetings can be given to you by your form mentors or by emailing Mrs Cronin. We meet in the library every Monday and Friday lunchtime. Students from across the school are very welcome and if you aren't very good at writing we always need a hand at editing!
Chatter would like to wish all student's, staff, the PTA and their families a safe and happy Summer holiday. Look after yourselves and stay safe in the sun, but most of all ensure you all have a good well earned rest over the holidays. See you all in September.
Calling all year 11 students - Induction Days at Dane Court Sixth Form
Written by Mr C Pleasant
Dear Year 11 students and parents,
It was a pleasure to welcome you to our sixth form this week and we hope you gain a valuable insight into your chosen IB programme as well as sixth form life at Dane Court. However, we recognise that you will continue to have further queries and questions in the weeks and months ahead leading to GCSE results day. In order to make your transition into the sixth form as successful as possible, below is an outline of the next steps for you:
Direct any questions to the sixth form office via the following email addresses:
Dane Court Students
For students already attending Dane Court, please arrive at school at 9:00am at reception on Thursday 25 August 2022 to collect your GCSE results and confirm your IB courses.
Students joining us from another school should arrive at 1:00pm on Thursday 25 August 2022 to confirm your IB courses. Please make your way to reception where you will be directed to the Heart space to speak to a member of the Sixth Form team. You will need to bring with you your:
GCSE results certificates
Passport or birth certificate
We wish you the best of luck for results day and look forward to seeing you reap the rewards of your hard work.
Best wishes Mr C. Pleasant
Head of Sixth Form Assistant Headteacher
IB results 2022
Written by Mr C Pleasant
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 ‘core’ programme consisting of a 4,000 word research project and 150 hours of creativity, activity and service. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is graded out of 45 points, with a grade 7 being the highest in each of the 6 subjects and a further 3 points on offer for the successful completion of the ‘core’. Dane Court students in 2022 have achieved an highly impressive average points score of 35 which exceeds the global average and is equivalent to A*A*A.
Top performing Diploma students at Dane Court this year include:
Sammi (41 points including 7’s in HL Physics, HL Chemistry, SL English and SL Philosophy) who goes on to study Physics at Imperial
Elizabeth (41 points including 7’s in HL Psychology, SL English, SL Maths and Spanish ab initio) who goes on to study Nursing at Leeds
Anna (41 points including 7’s in HL Anthropology, HL Spanish and SL English) who goes on to study Government and Policy at the University of Edinburgh
Erin (40 points including 7’s in HL Chemistry and SL English) who goes on to study Chemistry at St Andrew’s
Headteacher, Martin Jones said, “Congratulations to all of our Year 13 students. These outstanding outcomes are the result of an enormous amount of hard work and determination. All of our IBDP students have achieved the full diploma, with an average points score of 35 points across the year group. This impressive level of achievement will enable the students to progress to some exciting destinations in the new academic year. We are delighted that the vast majority of our students have already secured their first choice university or employment-focused offer and they can look forward to an exciting future.
In addition, 100% of our IBCP students have secured the full award. Although the students must wait until August for their vocational results, success in their IB subjects has given them the very best chance to progress onto their chosen destination.
On behalf of the students, I’d like to thank their brilliant teachers, the Sixth Form Office and the support team here at Dane Court. We’re all very proud of the students’ achievements.”
Chris Pleasant, Head of Sixth Form commented on “The wonderful efforts all students had made in overcoming the significant disruption they faced due to COVID and subsequent lockdowns. For our students to achieve an average of 35 points is an incredible achievement and is testament to the hard work both they and their teachers have put into the courses. It has been a pleasure to guide the students through a turbulent couple of years in the sixth form and I am incredibly proud of the excellent results and wonderful destinations the students have obtained.”
The IB Careers Related Programme (CP) requires students to complete a vocational course as well as a range of complimentary Diploma subjects. In addition students complete a reflective research project, service learning, language development course and professional skills sessions. Vocational results will be released in August to complete the qualification and to confirm the excellent university, apprenticeship and employment offers our students currently hold. IB subject results of particular note amongst our CP students, who will receive their vocational diploma results in August, include:
Christopher (HL Maths 7, HL Physics 7, Japanese Ab Initio 6, Reflective Project A)
Phoenix (HL Psychology 7, HL Social Cultural Anthropology 6, Reflective Project A)
Connor (HL Film 7, HL Biology 5, Japanese Ab Initio 5, Reflective Project A)
Melissa Linton, Deputy Head of Sixth Form notes that “In our 10th year of offering the CP, the programme has, once again, shown the versatility of its offer and the opportunities that it affords students. In 2020 we introduced more higher level subjects for IBCP students, today students have been rewarded for their hard work with 32% of the cohort achieving 6 or 7s in higher level subjects; Physics, Mathematics, English Literature, Geography, Film and Spanish. In addition 40% of the cohort achieved an A or B grade in their Reflective Project; a core component that requires the students to study an ethical dilemma in their vocational subject, that concurrently develops their commercial awareness and critical thinking.”
IBCP students have to wait until 18 August 2022 to receive their vocational results and then their university offers, however, students who have achieved places on higher or degree level apprenticeships will be starting over the summer and we wish them well.
On Monday 27 June 2022, year 11 made their final trip through the school gates as year 11 students. Many of them will return again as sixth formers and some will be pursuing the next step on their journey elsewhere. We are extremely proud of these students. They leave KS4 as resilient, caring, open minded and principled individuals. They have overcome adversity and lived through remarkable and unforeseen circumstances, never with a sense that the world owes them anything. Instead they responded by aiming higher and did whatever it took to achieve their goals - they did this with gusto, spirit and a good dose of humour. Now they are ready to spread their wings and embrace new challenges in the next step of their academic career, we know that they will explore new paths with the same tenacity, independence and confidence that has served them so well this year. It's goodbye for now year eleven, we look forward to welcoming you back in September to begin year 12.
A huge congratulations to year 9 student Summer-Louise who has recently played the National football Final on 14 May 2022 for Kent Schools FA and was victorious against Oxfordshire winning 2-1. Further to this success Summer is playing in the Regional Final for Kent Schools FA at Ramsgate Football Club on Saturday 28 May 2022 kickoff at 11:00am. We wish her the best of luck and if anyone would like to support her in the game feel free to pop down.
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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