Daily Update

28 June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I trust you all are having a good weekend.


Contacting Students

Last week, we tried to contact all students by phone.   Our tutors / key workers managed to speak to the vast majority of our students.  These were 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.  

This week, Mrs Derome, Mr Turp or Miss Gardiner will follow up and try to contact any student who we could not speak with last week.  Please expect these calls, either on your home telephone or your mobile.

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.


Provision for This Week - Critical Workers and Vulnerable Groups

Thank you to those parents / carers that have completed the form for this week’s provision.  We are looking forward to seeing your child this week.

If you have not done so already, it is imperative you complete this form as soon as possible -  https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WB29June/.

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. 

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the higher demand for this provision, we now need to run two groups with immediate effect.  Therefore, the following changes are now in place.


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).


Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions - Week Beginning 29 June 2020

The Year 10 sessions next week are shown below.  Group 3 and Group 4 need book an appointment time here - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1z9-OvhXCv3p45FufW8apZGyYZVqu2hYs0n3f8BxyRwk/edit?usp=sharing

 Date                              Group           Time                     Subject                     Room

Monday 29 June           Group 1        10:00 – 12:00        Science                      U01

Monday 29 June           Group 2        13:00 – 15:00        Science                      U05

Tuesday 30 June          Group 3        10:00 – 12:00        Academic Review      Canteen

Tuesday 30 June          Group 4        13:00 – 15:00        Academic Review      Canteen

Wednesday 01 July      Group 5        10:00 – 12:00        English                       U01

Wednesday 01 July      Group 6        13:00 – 15:00        English                       U05

Thursday 02 July          Group 7        10:00 – 12:00        Maths                         U01

Thursday 02 July          Group 8        13:00 – 15:00        Maths                         U05


Distance Learning

This week’s Distance Learning work has already been uploaded onto 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

Year 9 students should be completing their mock examinations.  We must receive these back by 15:00 this Friday.  Please ensure that when your child has completed all their mocks, they place them in the envelope provided and post it back to the school.  

Make sure their name and their teacher's name is on all their papers.  

The deadline for us receiving the papers is Friday 3 July 2020 - please leave enough time for delivery.  You can drop the completed papers to the school if you prefer.  We will arrange for a box to be outside reception from Wednesday 1 July 2020.


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/


Change of Details

If you have had a change of address, telephone number or email, since the start of lockdown, please let us know by completing this form - https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/ChangeOfDetails/.  It is essential that our records are up to date.


Free School Meals

Our next set of vouchers are due to be released tomorrow.  If you have any issues please contact Mrs Hunt - thunt@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk.

We will be issuing the vouchers to cover the six weeks of the summer holiday before the end of term.  I will inform you of the date next week.

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