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Dane Court Grammar School
Broadstairs Road, CT10 2RT, UK Broadstairs
+44 (0)1843 864941
www:http://www.danecourt.kent.sch.uk/e-mail:luxmoore@danecourt.kent.sch.uk

WELCOME!!!

Welcome to the Dane Court Grammar School website.We are a mixed, selective secondary school, with about 1,200 students and we are also a specialist Language College. Dane Court is a lovely place to learn and work. The spacious site is near the centre of Broadstairs, a picturesque town on the east Kent coast. We are a part of the national 'Building Schools for the Future' initiative that will see the school radically transformed over the next few years through a £20 million building programme.

We seek to develop the academic potential of every student, through excellent teaching and rigorous support. We aim for every student to leave the school after seven years with the best possible qualifications, in order to enter a top university, prior to a fulfilling career. We also aim to ensure that every student develops the integrity and the confidence to be effective and happy adults.

Finally, our Ofsted inspection in June 2007 confirmed that we are an 'outstanding school' - in every category. Whilst we are all delighted by this, we know that there are many challenges ahead and that there is still much to do. Dane Court is not only a lovely place to learn - it is an exciting place to be.

Paul Luxmoore
Headteacher

DEPARTMENTS

ART

ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS STUDIES

DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY

DRAMA

ENGLISH

FOOD TECHNOLOGY

GENERAL STUDIES

 

 

GEOGRAPHY

HISTORY

ICT/COMPUTING

MATHEMATICS

MEDIA

MODERN LANGUAGES

MUSIC

 

POLITICS AND SOCIOLOGY

PSYCHOLOGY

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

SCIENCE

SPORTS STUDIES

SEN / STUDY SKILLS

THE HOUSE SYSTEM

How does it work?

A House system for extra-curricular activities and competitions was introduced to Dane Court in February 2005.  The Houses are based on the tutor groups to which all students belong and so House Captains were chosen by interview from Year 12 students and 18 officials were soon in place. Following a school vote, it was decided to name the Houses after European towns and cities, in recognition of the school’s Language College status, and following an intra-house vote, names were decided. They matched the letters of the tutor groups as follows:


B (Barcelona)- blue
D (Delphi) - green
H (Helsinki) - black
N (Neuchatel) - yellow
S (Sorrento) - red
T (Tallinn) - orange
Each house has its own colour, and students wear a House t-shirt for competitive events. They cost £3 and can be ordered from the House Captains.

Who runs it?

The Houses are managed by 3 Sixth Formers who are now elected by their house. Their year of office runs from January to December, 2 of them serve as House Captains and the other official is the Games Captain. In addition there are House Prefects who begin their year of office in the summer of Year 10 and Junior House Leaders from Year 9. The new Year 7 students are also looked after by Form Friends from Year 12.

What events are organised?

Weekly quizzes
Tug – of- war
3 and 5-a-side football
Mixed netball
Talent shows
Music Competitions
Fancy dress……….  And lots more! See the galleries for last year’s competitions.
Sports Day is also run as an inter-house event. There is a special cup awarded for the winning House – Barcelona for the last 2 years!

LANGUAGE COLLEGE

Welcome to our Language College!

As a Language College, Dane Court aims to provide students with an exciting language learning experience, as well as to promote the importance of languages in the wider community.  Students have the opportunity to study at least two of the following languages:  French, German and Spanish.  Italian is also available in the Sixth Form.  Last year we offered Mandarin Chinese as an enrichment opportunity, which we hope to be able to do again this year.  We have excellent ICT facilities, to enhance both the teaching and learning of languages, and we employ language assistants from French, German and Spanish speaking countries to ensure that our students use the languages that they are learning in authentic situations.  Our community work has enabled us to provide evening classes in Holiday Spanish to the wider community as well as work with eleven primary schools, to support them in the delivery of languages.

Students regularly have the opportunity to visit other countries, due to our comprehensive range of trips and exchanges.  For example, students in Years 9 and 10 can participate in our successful French and German exchanges.  Similarly, Year 12 students take part in successful work experience programmes with our host schools in Aix-en-Provence and Freigericht, near Frankfurt am Rhein.  The Spanish Department is also in the process of establishing links with a school in Spain, which will lead to our first Spanish exchange, scheduled for 2008.  As well as this, day trips to another of our partner schools, in Wormhout, northern France, enable our students to mix with young people, from a different culture, and take part in cultural and sporting activities.  The school also organises an annual five-day residential trip, for all Year 8 students, to France.

In 2006, Dane Court was awarded the Intermediate International Schools Award, recognising the imaginative international work taking place, not only in languages, but in a number of other departments too.  Such work includes the Year 7 International Food Evening (an annual event which was featured in the GTC’s Teachers magazine (March 2006)) and the Year 9 History visits to Ypres.  Other language / international work takes place annually on the 26th September, which is the European Day of Languages, during which most of the school is involved in work with an international flavour.

French

German

Italian

Spanish

Mandarin Chinese



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