Daily Update

22 June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I hope you have been able to enjoy the lovely weather.




Provision for This Week - Critical Workers and Vulnerable Groups

Due to the higher demand for this provision, we now need to run two groups with immediate effect.  Therefore, the following changes will be in place from tomorrow.


Year 7 and Year 8 


  • Year 7 and Year 8 students will continue to attend the provision from 08:30 - 14:30.  Their provision will start with the Sports session from 08:30-09:30.  Then they will continue with their distance learning in R04.  This is the same procedures as has been in place.
  • Year 7 and Year 8 students will have their break and lunch on the back netball court (or in the Drama Studio if the weather is bad).


Year 9 


  • Year 9 students will attend the provision from 09:30 - 14:30 (one hour later than Year 7 and Year 8).  They must not arrive on site before 09:25.  
  • They will be located in the library where they will complete their individual mock exams.  It is up to the student do arrange their mock exam timetable following the instructions that have been sent (see below for further details).  
  • Year 9 students must arrive with their revision and / or mock papers.  If a student studies Music, they will need to bring in their own headphones.
  • Year 9 students will have their break and lunch on the new carpark (or in the Hall if the weather is bad).




The current guidelines from the Government states: 

"It is still important to reduce contact between people as much as possible, and we can achieve that and reduce transmission risk by ensuring children, young people and staff where possible, only mix in a small, consistent group and that small group stays away from other people and groups."

Therefore we need to keep the two group separate and avoid any contact during the school day.  The 'Year 7 and Year 8 Bubble' will be in a different block from the 'Year 9 Bubble'.  The two bubbles will exist independently and they will not mix.

The guidelines also suggest staggering start times.  Therefore, the 'Year 9 Bubble' will not do the Sports session in the morning, but instead will start one hour later at 09:30.

Should a student be tested positive for Covid-19, then the whole bubble will need to isolate and follow the advice of Public Health England.  As these bubbles will have been separated in school, only the affected bubble will need to isolate, meaning the other bubble can continue to attend.

I appreciate that this may cause some difficulty for parents, however, I am sure you will appreciate that these measures are in place for everyone's safety.


Booking Procedure

If you have not already done so, and wish to book your child into this provision, please complete this form - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WB22JUNE/

This provision is ONLY for  parents / carers  who are critical workers or who have children that are classed as vulnerable.

I wish to stress that parents/carers retain the authority to decide whether school is an appropriate environment for their children. Parents will not be fined for non-attendance at this time, and schools will not be held to account for attendance levels. 


Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions - Week Beginning 22 June 2020

 The Year 10 sessions for the rest of this week are shown below.  Group 5 and Group 6 need book an appointment time here - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UZTV_UPn_DwkVnB8CgPrPmWbWPinq1iDaPtRE6IoIHY/edit?usp=sharing


Date                              Group          Time                      Subject                    Room


Tuesday 23 June          Group 3        10:00 – 12:00        Science                     U01

Tuesday 23 June          Group 4        13:00 – 15:00        Science                     U05


Wednesday 24 June     Group 5        See above             Academic Review     Canteen

Wednesday 24 June     Group 6        See above             Academic Review     Canteen


Thursday 25 June         Group 7        10:00 – 12:00        English                      U01

Thursday 25 June         Group 8        13:00 – 15:00        English                      U05


Distance Learning

This fortnight's Distance Learning work has been updated and can be found on our school website.


Year 7, Year 8 and Year 10


Year 7 - http://www.thedeanes.academy/work/22-june-03-july/year-7/

Year 8 - http://www.thedeanes.academy/work/22-june-03-july/year-8/

Year 10 - http://www.thedeanes.academy/work/22-june-03-july/year-10/


Year 9 Mock Examinations

We have posted the mock papers to you last Wednesday.   I believe all issues with missing mocks have been resolved, but if there any outstanding queries, please let me know.

Students should follow the instructions below and return their mocks on or before Friday 3 July 2020.  Staff will be marking the examinations from Monday 6 July in order to ensure the Year 9 reports are issued before the end of term.

1.  Unpack your packs and ensure you keep the Stamped Envelope addressed to the school.  You will need to post your completed mocks back to us using this prepaid envelope.

2.  Check that you have all the papers you expect.  If you have any problems please email Ms Corp or Mr McKeown.

3.  Download this template and plan when you are going to complete your mocks..  Do not do more than 2 per day and build in revision time.

4.  When you start your exams, set a timer and do not exceed the allocated time.  Equally, if you finish your paper early, spend the rest of the time improving your work and checking your answers.  Always use the full time you are allocated.

5.  When you have completed all your mocks, place them in the envelope provided and post it back to the school.  Make sure your name and your teacher's name is on all your papers.  The deadline for us receiving your papers is Friday 3 July 2020 - please leave enough time for delivery.  You can drop your completed papers to the school if you prefer.  We will arrange for a box to be outside reception from Wednesday 1 July 2020.


Year 11

 We have created a section on our website for Year 11 so that they can start preparing for their A-Level / Level 3 studies.  The resources and guides can be found at http://www.thedeanes.academy/work/year-11-continued-learning/.  It’s up to the students how they use the resources but I would advise that they focus on the subjects they are planning to study next year and spend time learning as much as they can.

Students should feel free to contact the relevant teacher if they want to discuss anything about the work or get help with the questions.

In addition, our friends at USP College (Seevic) have emailed all Year 11 applicants detailing how to access transition resources and the additional support available to them. I would encourage our students who have received this email to engage with the material to ensure they are fully prepared for the progression to their next level of study.  

If any student has not yet applied to USP College but would be interested in a taster of what the College has to offer, please complete an application via their website. They will then be sent login details and be able to access the same learning materials.

The link to USP for students of The Deanes is https://www.uspcollege.ac.uk/the-deanes-school/


Distance Learning Help

In order to make things a little easier for parents and students, we have provided a list of email addresses for some staff so that you can contact them if you have a query about a particular subject.  This list can be accessed here - http://www.thedeanes.academy/work/help-with-distance-learning/


Contacting Students

Over the next week, all students (including Year 11) will be receiving a phone call from their tutor / key worker.  These are informal, welfare calls to give each student the opportunity to check in with their form tutor / key worker and to discuss any concerns they may have about the Distance Learning work or about returning in September.  The Year 11 conversations will be about their next stage of education.  We will leave a voice mail message if we cannot reach you and we will suggest a new time for a second attempt.

Please be aware that the number calling you may show up as 'No Caller ID', as staff have been asked to withhold their personal numbers for obvious reasons.


How to contact us

Can I also remind you that we want to do what we can to support our students and their families during this period.  

In order to help with communication, we have set up a quick form.  By using this form, we will be able to respond to you very quickly and it will allow our reception staff to remain at home.

If you need to contact us during this difficult period, please click here.  The form is also on our website under the 'Contact Us' menu item.


Take care


Desi McKeown