26 March 2021
Summer Term Dates
Monday 12 April 2021 - Wednesday 21 July 2021
Monday 31 May 2021 – Friday 04 June 2021
Wednesday 21 July 2021
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In School Testing
We have now completed all three in school tests and all students had a negative test result.
I would like to sincerely thank Mrs Bradley and her testing team. We have all been extremely impressed by how efficiently this process has been run. This has been a massive operation and this team of staff and volunteers have made the whole experience seamless.
We have now supplied all students with a box of home tests. There are seven tests in each box. The tests are accompanied by a booklet explaining how to conduct the tests.
Students should test themselves each Sunday and Thursday, starting this Sunday (28 March 2021). Once they have conducted the test and obtained their result, they must register the result on https://testregister.co.uk/.
Contact Tracing over Easter
Up until 01 April 2021, The Deanes may be directed by Public Health England to inform you that your child is required to isolate over the Easter period. This will occur if someone in your child’s bubble tests positive for Covid-19 within six days of the end of term. If we need to communicate with you that your child should self-isolate over this period, we will text and email this information.
There is a requirement for parents / carers to inform the school if their child tests positive up until 29 March 2021. Please contact me directly on 07742 691110. This is a school mobile and I will be monitoring calls and texts from 10:00 until 13:00 each day until 29 March 2021. This will allow me time to contact the Essex Contact Tracing Team and make the necessary arrangements.
After 29 March 2021, parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.
Phased Unzoning after Easter
Immediately after Easter, in line with the national easing of restrictions, we begin to take small steps towards resuming a normal timetable for all students. All year groups will be able to access specialist teaching areas, for example science, art and technology.
The Renaissance Block, Technology Block and Music / the Hall become the new pink zone. This zone will have different year groups using it, but because of its layout, wider corridors and ventilation, the risks are minimal while students move to their allocated classrooms.
The other four zones will remain, but students will be timetabled to go to different zones after break or lunch. This means that they do not cross or mix on the corridors between Period 1 and 2, 3 and 4 or 5 and 6. All mixing of bubbles will take place outside; this coincides with the national easing of restrictions which will allow people to meet outside.
Year groups will still be in bubbles – it’s only the movement around school that is changing.
We will unzone the outside, allowing students more freedom at break and lunch.
However, indoor areas (for wet break) will be fixed. Year groups will still have separate food collection points in order to avoid mixing in the canteen.
Student timetables, with their new classrooms, will be available over Easter. We will notify you when they are available to be viewed on EPraise.
I will also send a map detailing the entrances and exits to each zone and the location of the food collection points.
We will also be resuming Assemblies. However, instead of Key Stages, the assemblies will be by Year Group, allowing us new space within the Hall. I will deliver the assembly on the first week back:
Monday 12 April 2021: Year 11
Tuesday 13 April 2021: Year 7
Wednesday 14 April 2021: Year 10
Thursday 15 April 2021: Year 8
Friday 16 April 2021: Year 9
Students should line up in the new car park at 08:30 on these days, in preparation for the entry into the assembly.
Easter Revision for Year 11
Ahead of the Assessment Period, Year 11 are encouraged to attend revision sessions over the Easter break. The timetable is below:
Miss Collins is leaving The Deanes to take up a new position at a school nearer her home. Miss Collins joined our Science Department 5 years ago and has inspired many of our students. She is an excellent teacher and a very highly valued member of staff. She is one of the best form tutors I have ever worked with. I wish her every success in her new position.
After Easter, we welcome back Ms Angerstein, Head of Technology, from her maternity leave.
On Thursday, we were delighted to receive a parcel from Amazon addressed to myself and the staff, thanking us for all we do and containing tea, coffee and biscuits. The donation appears to be anonymous but it was a lovely gesture and one that is very much appreciated by all the staff at The Deanes.
... As this week and term comes to a close, I would like to acknowledge and reflect on the anniversary of the first time schools closed their doors to the majority of pupils and the first national lockdown period due to COVID19. I would also like to take this opportunity, once again to recognise and thank you for all your support you have given to us over this period.
When the school doors were closed on that date one year ago (23 March 2020), we did not know for how long, or what challenges the coming weeks or months would bring. We did not know that the period of uncertainty would continue and that there would be further lockdowns and further school restrictions to follow.
What we did know, is that as a school community would pull together and support each other.
It is important for me to also recognise that in providing this unprecedented response, teachers and support staff have had to manage their own concerns and anxieties about exposure to the virus whilst doing their job.
I know this week and reflecting on the last year may be difficult for some people for a variety of reasons and my thoughts are with all of our community who have lost friends, loved ones or colleagues during this time.
Thank you for your continued support. I look forward to the next term and new opportunities for us to work together for the benefit of our students.
Hopefully, as the vaccination programme rolls out and we continue to make progress against the virus, we can soon be reunited with family and friends and maybe even see each other in person once more.
I hope you have an enjoyable Easter break.