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Our ethos

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.


What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

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.

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