Daily Update

8 June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I trust you all had a good day.

Provision for This Week - Critical Workers and Vulnerable Groups

We are asking for parents / carers  who are critical workers or who have children that are classed as vulnerable to let us know if they are sending their child into school this week.  Those who have been at school last week will already have received a text message.

However,  if your intention is for your child to attend school this week and have not yet received a text, please follow this two part procedure:

1)  Complete this survey https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/Deanes-Phase1/.  

2) Once we have assessed your request and verified that your child is able to attend, you will receive a text message / email asking you to detail the days you child will be in school and you will be asked to agree to and sign a Home / School Agreement.  This agreement outlines what our provision in school will be and our expectations of parents and children accessing our provision.  It has been put in place to ensure the safety of all children and staff.

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. 

I understand that many parents and carers may feel anxious about their child returning to school. Below this email you will find more information about how the school day will be organised so that you can make an informed decision about whether you send your child to school. 


Year 10 Face-to-Face Sessions

Thank you to the parents / carers that have already signed up their children to the face-to-face sessions.  

In order for your child to attend the face-to-face sessions, please complete the two forms that where emailed to you yesterday (the students have been emailed these forms too).  The first form is to let us know which sessions your child will be attending and also your contact details in case of an emergency.

The second form is our Home / School Agreement.   This agreement outlines what our provision in school will be and our expectations of parents and children accessing our provision. It has been put in place to ensure the safety of all children and staff. 

Further details can be found here - http://www.thedeanes.academy/news/june/important-information-for-year-10/

Distance Learning

As a reminder, this fortnight's Distance Learning work has been updated and can be found on our school website.

Year 7 - Year 10

Year 7 - http://www.thedeanes.academy/work/8-june-19-june/year-7/

Year 8 - http://www.thedeanes.academy/work/8-june-19-june/year-8/

Year 9 - http://www.thedeanes.academy/work/8-june-19-june/year-9/

Year 10 - http://www.thedeanes.academy/work/8-june-19-june/year-10/


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/


Year 11 Grades

I have attached a diagram that illustrates how the Year 11 grades will be awarded this year.  Year 11 students and their parents / carers may find it useful.  If you have any queries regarding this, please contact Ms Corp - kcorp@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk.


Online Safety

Think U Know have created videos to support parents with delivering Internet safety to their children during Covid-19 and the closure of schools to many children.

You can find the videos here: https://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/parents/Support-tools/presentations-for-parents/


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