Newsletter - 16 July 2021

16 July 2021

The Deanes


Summer Term Dates  



Monday 12 April 2021 - Wednesday 21 July 2021 


Half Term:


Monday 31 May 2021 – Friday 04 June 2021


Non-Pupil Days:

Wednesday 21 July 2021


Contact Us

Our new Contact Form is on our website under the 'Contact Us' menu item, or it can be accessed by clicking here. This is the best way to communicate directly with us.



Update on Self-Isolating Students

It has been a very challenging week due to the number of positive cases recorded within the school.  I would like to thank all the staff, students and parents for their support in helping us manage the difficulties.


To clarify the current position in school:


Year 7 - we have around 40% isolating until midnight today (Friday 16 July 2021).  They can return to school on Monday 19 July 2021.


Year 8 - we have around 50% isolating until midnight on 23 July 2021 and some isolating until midnight on 24 July 2021.  They will not be returning to school this academic year.


Year 9 - all Year 9 students returned to school today.


Year 10 - we have around 75% isolating until midnight on Monday 19 July 2021.  They can return to school on Tuesday 20 July 2021.


In addition, we have several members of staff who have tested positive and others that are self-isolating as they are classed as 'close contacts'.  At present, we are managing the situation by combining classes and ensuring that learning can continue without any significant disruption.


It is essential you ensure that your child conducts a COVID test, each Sunday and Thursday, using the Lateral Flow Tests we provide. Once the student has conducted the test and obtained their result, they must register the result on

End of Term Arrangements

The last day of the term for students is Tuesday 20 July 2021.  School will finish at 13:10.  The school buses will leave at 13:20 on this day.


Next Academic Year

I have attached next year's calendar which details the term dates and Parents' Evenings.  We are planning for a 'normal' year, however, dates may change depending on other factors.  I will, of course, ensure you have notice of any changes.


I am currently considering the Government guidance around students testing before they return to school in September.  I have decided to wait a few weeks and assess the situation before committing to a plan, as guidance may change.  Therefore, I will contact you in August and inform you of the plans for the first few days of term and how we will comply with the guidance on testing.


When we start back in September, we will expect students to wear a full school uniform, including shoes.  Trainers will not be permitted.  For further details on our uniform expectations, visit


Free School Meals

We learnt earlier this week that Essex County Council will be funding an additional 4 weeks of vouchers for those students who are eligible for Free School Meals.  We will be issuing these vouchers next week, in the usual way, using Wonde.  The vouchers will be for £60 per student (4 weeks of £15).  If you have any questions, please contact Mrs Hunt -


Year 10 Mock Examination Grades

We have emailed the Year 10 Mock Examination Grades to parents/carers earlier today.  If you did not receive the report, please contact Mr Willsdon -


Results Day Webinar for Parents

The National Careers Service is delivering a series of webinars for parents and carers whose children are receiving results this August.


It has been a challenging year for students and the National Careers Service want to equip parents and carers with advice to support their children on the day. Click the links below to sign up to one of the webinars and get:   

  • tips on how your child can prepare for results day 
  • advice about their options 
  • advice about leaving education and exploring careers 
  • signposting to useful sources 
  • an opportunity for Q&A


Book your free place now: 


Choose one of the dates below and click the 'book your place' link to sign up.

Friday 30th July, 12pm – book your place 

Tuesday 3rd August, 4pm – book your place 

Wednesday 4th August, 12pm – book your place 

Book Recommendations

Year 7 & 8: I am the Minotaur by Anthony McGowan 

This is a recently published book in the 'Super Readable' OUP series; these books are short, accessible - and beautifully written. I am the Minotaur is about ‘Stinky Mog’, a cruel nickname that Matthew was given at primary school because his clothes were unclean; his mum suffers from depression meaning that Matthew has had to largely fend for himself.  Now in secondary school, Matthew suffers from a deep sense of shame and tries to be invisible. He mostly succeeds, but then ‘golden girl’ Ari’s bike is stolen, and Matthew is determined to steal it back. This book features Greek myths, a superb librarian and a courageous group of geeks. It is perfect for both reluctant and keen readers.


Year 9-11: Ink by Alice Broadway. 

In Leora’s world, every significant moment of a person’s life is inked onto their skin. After death, the skin is flayed, and if a life has been well-lived, a ‘skin book’ is created for relatives and friends to remember their loved ones by; the ‘unworthy’ people’s skin is burnt. Leora wants to become an inker – a professional tattoo artist – but when her father dies, she discovers that a mark has been removed from his skin. Why? And do the ‘Blanks’ – those without tattoos who have been banished from society – have anything to do with her father? This is the first book in the gripping dystopian ‘Skin’ trilogy.




I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy the sunny weather.




Desi McKeown