Curriculum Overview

At The Deanes, our curriculum is underpinned by our iMatter ethos and values.  Our curriculum is instrumental in the fulfilment of our iMatter Promises.  Our curriculum not only reflects the needs of our students and our community, but it promotes a love of learning and personal growth.

We do this with a creative and relevant curriculum which inspires and motivates all students to develop as individuals and achieve academic excellence. We support our students and equip them with the skills and attributes they need to become confident, determined and respectful young adults who have exciting and ambitious aspirations for their futures.

Our Aims

Our students achieve academic excellence through a curriculum which teaches them to be:

  • Literate and numerate
  • Prepared for the next stage of education, training or employment
  • Aware of their cultural, mental and moral growth
  • Active and adopt a healthy lifestyle
  • Equipped for the opportunities and responsibilities of adult life including economic well-being
  • Prepared for life in modern Britain and to be aware of how they can contribute and understand their local community
  • Accomplished in essential skills such as cooperation, teamwork, resilience
  • Respectful of others, their environment and themselves, both inside and outside of the classroom.

 At The Deanes, we are committed to equality. We aim for every student to fulfil their potential no matter what their needs.  The Deanes is committed to anti-discriminatory practice to promote equality of opportunity and valuing diversity for all children and families. 

We aim to:

  • Provide a secure and accessible environment in which all our students can flourish and all contributions are considered and valued. (Promise#1)
  • Include and value the contribution of all families to our understanding of equality and diversity. (Promise#5)
  • Proactively challenge stereotypes and provide positive, informative messages about gender roles, diverse ethnic and cultural groups and SEND. (Promise#1, Promise#2)
  • Improve our knowledge and understanding of issues of anti-discriminatory practice, promoting equality and valuing diversity. (Promise#1)
  • Make inclusion a thread that runs through all of the activities of the school. (Promise#1, Promise#2)

Our Intent

We teach a wide range of different subjects to our students.  We provide an accessible and enjoyable educational experience that ensures academic success, develops life-long skills, and offers rich experience.  Students study subjects to GCSE and BTEC examination but also complete a wide range of personal challenges, including leadership ones, to ensure that they are as flexible, well-rounded and employable in the coming years.  Expert curricula planning across all subjects as well as wider curricula aspects such as Relationship, Sex and Health Education, Fundamental British Values and Challenger building, ensures we clearly define what students learn across each year and throughout their time at The Deanes.

Our ambitious curriculum matches the demands of the National Curriculum at each stage so that our students can meet and exceed age related national expectations. Across our curriculum we clearly map the knoweldge and skills required in each subject. Our teachers effectively adapt schemes of work to meet the needs of students in their classes.  We value the importance of the secondary core and EBacc subjects and ensure our students’ entitlement to these. Our curriculum model is bespoke to The Deanes and changes to meet the needs and interests of our students.

We work hard to ensure that our drive for improvement and the curriculum we offer is rooted in our community and our aim to be an inclusive academy in the heart of our community where all children are cared for and where standards are raised and lives transformed.

Our Curriculum Experience

 Promise1  Promise2  Promise3  Promise4
Our curriculum supports Promise#1 by:

Developing individuals that understand society, build a firm set of personal morals and engage in the community they live and understand its culture.

Our curriculum supports Promise#2 by:

Developing the behaviours and habits that learners need to succeed such as concentration, perseverance, imagination, co-operation, enjoyment, self-improvement and curiosity.

Our curriculum supports Promise#3 by:

Developing the appropriate subject specific knowledge, skills and understanding so that our students flourish, reach and exceed their potential academically, physically and creatively.

Our curriculum supports Promise#4 by:

Developing future citizens who have a holistic set of skills and values that prepares then for life in a diverse, ever changing, modern world.

  • Assemblies

  • Tutor Programme

  • Careers

  • RSHE

  • SMSC

  • Citizenship

  • Mental Wellbeing

  • Celebration

  • Attitudes to Learning

  • Positive Behaviour

  • Habits of study

  • Learning Routines

  • High Expectations

  • Shared Values

    • Showing Resilience

    • Teamwork

    • Academic Achievement

    • Good Manners

    • Study Skills

  • 25 Lessons per Week

  • Cross Curricular Links

  • Catch up and Intervention

  • Revision Masterclasses

  • Reading

  • Extended Learning

  • Online Learning

  • "Innovative"* Challenger Sessions

  • After School and Luchtime Programme

  • Trips and Visits

  • Student Voice

  • Events and Performances

  • Competitions

  • SEND Buddies

  • Mental Wellbeing Champions

* Ofsted 2019

Curriculum Planning

We foster an appreciation of the importance of all individual subjects highlighting links and connections to other subjects studied. Each subject provides a narrative or journey of study detailing the what, why and how of its content and assessment. Subject delivery is collaboratively planned by our expert subject directors and department teams. Content is mapped to the National Curriculum and for older students mapped to examination specifications etc.

Our schemes of work are structured to build subject knowledge and skills, revisiting and recapping information to enhance recall and help all students to learn well. In lessons teachers share with students what they are learning, how it will be learned and why it is important. We believe knowledge is powerful when remembered as it enhances our students’ understanding and application of subject specific and transferable skills.

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