Daily Update

15 June 2020

Dear Parents / Carers,

I hope you all have a lovely day


Provision for This Week - Critical Workers and Vulnerable Groups

In order to book your child into our provision this week, please complete this form -https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/WB15JUNE/.  

 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

It was lovely to welcome back some of our Year 10 students today.  It was really noticeable how they have grown in the last few months!  All of a sudden they have become young adults.  I'm really looking forward to teaching Group 3 and Group 4 tomorrow.  It is essential that students bring in a calculator.

Remaining sessions this week:








Tuesday 16 June        

Group 3

10:00 – 12:00



Tuesday 16 June        

Group 4

13:00 – 15:00



Wednesday 17 June    

Group 5

10:00 – 12:00



Wednesday 17 June    

Group 6

13:00 – 15:00



Thursday 18 June        

Group 7

See below

Academic Review


Thursday 18 June        

Group 8

See below

Academic Review




Academic Review Sessions

Miss Gardiner has emailed all Year 10 students explaining the Academic Review Meetings she will be carrying out. Students will need to sign up for a time slot on their allocated day, as per their specific group timetable. Please find below the links for each of the groups.

IMPORTANT - Students must not come on to the school site prior to their allocated time. When they arrive at school, they should wait outside of the canteen. Miss Gardiner will let them know when they are able to come into the canteen for their meeting. In the very unlikely event that 2 or more of the students are waiting for their meetings, they must line up outside the canteen, along the railings, standing 2m apart.   

If you have any questions, please contact Miss Gardiner - dgardiner@thedeanes.essex.sch.uk 

Group 1 and Group 2 - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1XkSnyw-ohwdST78EpSwH09H_4TCUE7K22FznQXuQ55c/edit?usp=sharing

Group 3 and Group 4 - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1z9-OvhXCv3p45FufW8apZGyYZVqu2hYs0n3f8BxyRwk/edit?usp=sharing

Group 5 and Group 6 - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1UZTV_UPn_DwkVnB8CgPrPmWbWPinq1iDaPtRE6IoIHY/edit?usp=sharing

Group 7 and Group 8 - https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ls6m0r35Leg_CI49Zwzf5NQ17Rn7CtDvFvOEqIzvo14/edit?usp=sharing

Arrival on Site:

Students can be dropped off in the top carpark. Parents must not leave their vehicles. Students should make their way to the new carpark by Technology. They will have an allocated space to wait. Staff will meet them and escort them to the classroom.


Leaving the site:

Students can be picked up from the top carpark. Parents must not leave their vehicles. If students are making their own home, they must leave the school site immediately. 


Risk Assessment:

The Local Governing Body met last night to scrutinise our Risk Assessment and the procedures we have put in place,  This was following up with a physical Walk Through this afternoon.  The Chair of the CMAT Trust Board has also scrutinised our plans.  All appropriate bodies have confirmed that our planning is rigorous.  


Travelling to and from school:

The Government has published general guidance on public transport which states that from today, passengers will need to wear a face covering on public transport. This includes when travelling on buses or coaches. General guidance on staying safe outside the home is available here.

Exemptions to the rule include young children (under the age of 3), disabled people and those with breathing difficulties.

In the light of this general guidance to the public, the Department of Education has updated guidance for parents and carers. Parents, children and young people are encouraged to walk or cycle where possible and avoid public transport at peak times.

The decision to have only a quarter of students in Year 10 on site at any time is designed to limit the amount of young people travelling to and from school/college on public transport. So when planning the journey to school, if using public transport, parents are advised that their children should follow the safer travel guidance for passengers.

The guidance says that pupils and parents should do all they can to help make sure they and others can travel safely. This can be done through:


  • not leaving home if anyone in their household, has symptoms of coronavirus
  • avoiding travelling on public transport, particularly at peak times
  • maintaining a 2 metre distance from others who are not in their household
  • ensuring good respiratory hygiene by using the ‘catch it, bin it, kill it’ approach
  • avoiding touching their face
  • washing their hands thoroughly before and after travelling
  • wearing a face covering if they need to use public transport


Distance Learning Work

 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/


Online Safety Videos

A new campaign from the New Zealand Government has just launched and four videos have been created to get the message home, illustrating the different challenges for parents online.

The videos can be found here:

Pornography https://www.keepitrealonline.govt.nz/pornography/

Online Bullying: https://www.keepitrealonline.govt.nz/online-bullying/

Online Grooming: https://www.keepitrealonline.govt.nz/online-grooming/

Inappropriate Content: https://www.keepitrealonline.govt.nz/controls-and-settings/

More information here: You can find the videos and resources here: https://www.keepitrealonline.govt.nz/

Another video that may be of interest is 'Where's Klaus', in which the boy's mother keeps opening the door to various unsuitable people from 'The Internet'. It's nearly ten years old now, but the message is still very relevant today.


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