9 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

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Home Testing

As informed yesterday, a Year 7 student has tested positive for COVID-19.


We know that you may find this concerning but we are continuing to monitor the situation. This email is to inform you of the current situation and I have provided further advice on how to support your child.


Following guidance from Public Health England, we have informed around 40% of Year 7 that they must self-isolate.  These students are considered 'close contacts' as they were in the same classroom as the student with COVID in recent days.  I have contacted the parents / carers of these students separately with more details.


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


Year 10

Mock Examinations

It was lovely to welcome back the Year 10 students following their fortnight of mock examinations.  Staff are currently marking and moderating the exams and we will be releasing the results on Friday 16 July 2021.


Work Experience

Several Year 10 students have asked if they can arrange a work placement before the end of term.


I am happy to support this as long as we can verify the placement and ensure that a risk assessment is in place.  We will confirm permission via letter once we have received all the paperwork from the company.


Under normal circumstances, we would expect all Year 10 students to do a work placement, however, due to Covid we did not make any arrangements this year.


If you would like your child to do a work placement and you are in a position to arrange work experience for your child, please contact me with the following details:


Name of Company:


Name of Contact:

Telephone Number:

Dates of Work Experience:


I would like to stress that work experience is a decision for you as parents.  We will be continuing lessons as normal and it will be your child’s responsibility to ensure that they catch up with any work missed in lessons.


Well done, Year 7!

A massive thank you from the Year 7s in the photo below.

“Thank you to all students and staff who purchased cakes in support of the Brain Tumour Research Charity and in memory of our fellow Deanes student who we tragically lost in January 2021, to an aggressive brain tumour, Katie Banks.”


The Year 7s did an absolute roaring trade raising over £160.


Thank you again!


Healthy Schools Award

We are delighted to be granted the Healthy Schools Award.  The Quality Assurance meeting held on Tuesday, assessed The Deanes in relation to the following:

  • Learning, Teaching and Curriculum
  • PSHE (Personal, Social and Health Education)
  • Emotional Health & Wellbeing
  • Physical Activity
  • Healthy Eating

Following the review, we were reaccredited with Foundation Healthy School Status.  Well done to everyone involved.


Sports Day

As we approach the end of this academic year, we will try to continue with our usual events, albeit within the current restrictions due to Covid.  We will be having Celebration Assemblies and we will be having our annual Sports Day.  The format of Sports Day will change to ensure the students are not gathering in large groups.  


This year Sports Day will be adapted to ensure students are able to compete whilst adhering to appropriate guidance. 


Students will be required to attend school, for days they are competing, in full PE kit and should ensure they bring plenty to drink.   


Year 7: Thursday the 15 July during period 5 

Year 8: Tuesday the 13 July during period 1 

Year 9: Wednesday the 14 July during period 5 

Year 10: Monday the 12 July during period 4 


Further to this all students will compete in the Sports Day finals on Friday 16 July 2021.


Year 7: period 3 

Year 8: period 2

Year 9: period 1

Year 10: period 4


End of Term Arrangements

I have also decided that our Annual School Walk will be cancelled.  We will follow our usual timetable on this day (19 July 2021).


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.

Book Recommendations

Year 7 & 8: A Kind of Spark by Elle McNicoll. 


Addie, age 11, is neurodivergent and she is targeted – by students and a teacher – for being different. She and her older sister Keedie, who is also autistic, use ‘masking’ strategies to cope in public situations; Addie feels safe in the library when she is reading about sharks, but everywhere else she feels vulnerable to bullies and she feels that no one sees her for who she really is. On a local school trip in Scotland, Addie learns about women where were executed as ‘witches’. She feels a bond with these women as they were killed only because they were different – and she decides to campaign for a memorial. What can an 11 year old girl do when faced with intransigence and disregard for others’ lived experiences? Addie is a truly inspirational and important character, and Elle McNicoll is an #ownvoices neurodivergent author.


Year 9-11: Kick the Moon by Muhammed Khan. 

Ilyas hopes to be a comic book artist – but he is under huge pressure from his school (about to sit GCSEs), his friends (who engage in some gang activity and toxic masculinity) and from his parents (who expect him to ‘be a man’ and to join the family business). He meets Kelly in detention, and they develop a strong friendship – but Imran, a member of the gang, has made a bet that he can seduce Kelly. Ilyas’s worst fears are confirmed when Kelly becomes the victim of social media bullying. He needs to be like the superheroes he draws and ‘kick the moon’.  Also – the author, Muhammed Khan, is a secondary school Maths teacher and speaks eloquently on why he started writing fiction and on themes in his books:;




Have a lovely weekend




Desi McKeown