Our aim is to be:
“An inclusive school community that is safe and supportive, where all students are given an opportunity to fulﬁl their potential in a forward thinking environment.”
The Deanes School Prospectus 2013 - 2014
The Deanes School Daws Heath Road, Thundersley, Essex SS7 2TD Telephone:
Mrs J Atkinson, B.A. (Hons.), M.Sc.
Chairman of Governors:
Mr I R Rudd
Vice Chairman of Governors:
Mrs T Boothman
Ms R Sturdy, B.Sc. (Hons.), M.A.
Status and Character:
Foundation School for students aged 11-16 years
No. of applications for places received September 2013:
No. of students admitted September 2013:
Total no. of students as at September 2013:
No. intended to admit September 2014:
Opportunities to visit The Deanes We are pleased to extend an invitation to the following events to be held at the school: Open Evening for Parents and Children – Wednesday 25th September 6:30pm – 8:30pm You are invited to a wide range of activities, displays and events as you tour the school and meet staff and students already at The Deanes. There will also be a formal address by Mrs Jan Atkinson, Headteacher at 7.15pm in the school hall. A representative from County Planning & Admissions will be available to answer any queries from 6.30pm-8.30pm in the library. The Senior Leadership Team and Senior Prefects will be available to answer any questions you may have. Parents are invited to see the school in action. Please phone the school office to make a Tour appointment.
Tours of the School from 30th September from 9.15am - 10.30am Location (See map on the back page) The school boasts extensive grounds. It’s attractive site, built on the northern edge of Westwood, serves the residential area of Thundersley and Benfleet. The school also attracts students from Southend which has a selective system, and draws students from the wider area of Basildon and Canvey Island. The Deanes has nineteen acres of playing fields and extensive hard play areas. Our playing fields back onto Virgin Active Leisure Centre with whom we have developed a close partnership.
The Enchanted Wood Day Nursery There is a successful Day Nursery on the school site, “The Enchanted Wood Day Nursery”. The nursery accepts Child Care and Education Vouchers. Links to clubs before and after school are also offered for children up to 8 years old. Nursery Enquiries welcome – telephone 01268 774242 for details.
Dates of Terms and Holidays for the school year 2013/2014 Autumn Term Non-Pupil Day: First Day for Pupils: Non-Pupil Day: Mid-Term Break: Last Day of Term: Christmas Break:
Summer Term Monday 2nd September 2013 Tuesday 3rd September 2013 Friday 25th October 2013 28th October - 1st November 2013 Friday 20th December 2013 23rd December 2013 - 3rd January 2014
Spring Term First Day of Term: Mid-Term Break: Non-Pupil Day: Last Day of Term: Easter Break:
First Day of Term: Bank Holiday: Mid-Term Break: Last Day of Term: Non-Pupil Day: Non-Pupil Day:
Tuesday 22nd April 2014 Monday 5th May 2014 26th - 30th May 2014 Friday 18th July 2014 Monday 21st July 2014 Tuesday 22nd July 2014
Times of the school day Monday 6th January 2014 17th - 21st February 2014 Friday 28th March 2014 Friday 4th April 2014 7th April - 21st April 2014
All students arrive by: Tutorial or Assembly: Lesson 1: Break: Lesson 2: Lunch: Lesson 3: Breakfast: Canteen:
8.25 8.30 - 8.55 8.55 - 10.35 10.35 - 11.00 11.00 - 12.40 12.40 - 1.20 1.20 - 3.00 available from 7:30 open all day until 3:30
The Deanes School Admissions Policy September 2014 School’s number intended to admit: 180 Where applications for admission exceed the number of places available, the following criteria will be applied to decide which children to admit: 1 LOOKED AFTER CHILDREN Definition of a Looked After Child: A ‘looked after child’ or a child who was previously looked after, but immediately after being looked after became subject to an adoption, residence or special guardianship order. A looked after child is a child who is (a) in the care of a local authority, or (b) being provided with accommodation by a local authority in the exercise of their social services functions (see the definition in section 22(1) of the Children Act 1989). 2 CHILDREN LIVING WITHIN THE CATCHMENT AREA OF THE DEANES SCHOOL A map of the priority admissions area is available from the school office. 3 CHILDREN WITH A SIBLING ATTENDING THE SCHOOL AT THE TIME OF APPLICATION, AND A REASONABLE EXPECTATION THAT THE BROTHER OR SISTER WILL STILL BE ATTENDING AT THE TIME OF ADMISSION The definition of a “sibling” includes a child living in the same family unit, in the same family household and address. This includes brothers and sisters and stepbrothers and sisters. Biological siblings will be treated as “siblings” irrespective of residence. 4 10% OF THE PUBLISHED ADMISSIONS LIMIT (18 CHILDREN IN TOTAL) WHO DEMONSTRATE AN APTITUDE FOR SPORT, PERFORMING ARTS OR MUSIC MAY BE ALLOCATED ACCORDING TO THE APTITUDE ASSESSMENT RESULTS The Sport, Health and Performance Faculty is considered to be the flagship of the School which offers a learning experience where each individual has the opportunity to express him or herself through a variety of disciplines that include Sport, Dance, Drama and Music. It is also the Faculty that maintains a high public profile through a wide range of performances that parents, friends and colleagues are invited to on a regular basis. The Sport aptitude assessment will take place on a Saturday early in October 2013 at The Deanes School. Places will be allocated in rank order of aptitude scored in the assessment. Children must achieve a minimum score. In the event of a tie on score, this will lead to the straight line distance rule applying. Those wishing to apply for a place based on Performing Arts aptitude will be invited to perform to members of the Sport, Health and Performance Faculty and a judgement will be made on their aptitude according to one or more of the following criteria: i) He/she demonstrates an aptitude in a musical instrument and/or singing ii) He/she demonstrates an aptitude in dance and drama iii) He/she has had no formal training but would like to pursue the subject further The audition will rank students according to the given criteria. Successful candidates will be given the opportunity to attend at least one Music/Dance/Drama club each week and participate in school performances. The auditions will take place on a Saturday early in October 2013. Parents wishing their child to take one of the aptitude tests are required to complete a Supplementary Information Form (SIF) obtainable from the school, which must be returned by 27th September 2013. Where two students are of equal aptitude, the one living nearer to the school would gain preference. If there are insufficient children who have satisfied the entry requirement for a place based on aptitude then the places will be offered to other children. 5 CHILDREN OF MEMBERS OF STAFF EMPLOYED BY THE SCHOOL Applicable to children of a member of school staff who has been employed for a minimum of 2 years at the time of application or where a member of staff is recruited to fill a vacancy for which there is a demonstrable skill shortage. 6 OTHER CHILDREN In the event of over-subscription in criteria 1, 2, 3, 5 and 6 and in the event of a tie on score in criterion 4, priority will be determined by straight line distance from home to school, those living closest being given the higher priority. (Straight-line distance to be measured as defined in the Local Authority’s booklet Secondary Education in Essex and published each September). If a child lives at more than one address, it is the address of the parent/guardian that is in receipt of child benefit for the child that is considered as the home address. Verification may be required. Pupils with a Statement of Educational Needs that names The Deanes School in the Statement are required to be admitted irrespective of the above admission criteria. Successful applicants will be required to accept or decline the offer of a place by a specified date. If parents fail to respond, it will be assumed that they do not wish to take up the place. Unsuccessful applicants will be placed onto a waiting list. The criteria for the waiting list will be in accordance with the admissions criteria. The waiting list will be held by Essex County Council until the end of August and thereafter by the school until the end of the autumn term. Unsuccessful applicants will have the right of appeal to an Independent Appeals Panel which will meet on a specified date. APPLICATIONS Applications will be handled under a co-ordinated arrangement operated by the child’s home Local Authority. For children resident in Essex, this information will be published in the Secondary Education in Essex 2014/2015 booklet. Applications should be made to the home Local Authority by the National Closing Date. The procedure for handling late applications will also be in accordance with the co-ordinated admission arrangements published by the home Local Authority.
Travelling arrangements The Deanes School is on the No. 21, 24, 15 and No.1 bus routes. Contract coaches are also provided for students who live outside the local area. Routes are renegotiated annually but currently they are as follows:
School coaches from the Southend area:
The Deanes minibus from the Basildon area:
Sainsburys The Cricketers The Plough London Road (Westcliff Library) Prittlewell Chase ( Hospital) Kenilworth Gdns (jct Mannering) Mountdale Gdns (Treecot Dr) Coombes Corner Fairway (Eastwood Rd Nth) Old Vienna Blenheim Chase (Elmsleigh Dv) Westleigh Schools Leigh Church Thames Drive The Deanes School
Laindon - Pickup at High Road Langdon Hills - Pickup, at The Knares Basildon - Pickup at Long Riding Basildon/Pitsea - Pickup at Luncies Road Pitsea - Pickup at Halstow Way Pitsea - Pitsea Pound Lane Bowers Gifford Sadlers Farm/Tarpots Leave for school from Tarpots
7.25am 7.27am 7.30am 7.31am 7.38am 7.40am 7.44am 7.46am 7.48am 7.49am 7.51am 7.54am 8.00am 8.05am 8.15am
7.15am 7.20am 7.28am 7.33am 7.38am 7.42am 7.46am 7.48/7.50am 7.55am 7.55am
In addition, we operate a school minibus service from Langdon Hills through Basildon and Pitsea. Prices and our Code of Conduct on School buses are available from the school office.
Behaviour and Safety at The Deanes “Safeguarding arrangements are very thorough and secure. Instances of bullying or harassment of any type are dealt with promptly and eﬀectively by the school, ensuring that students feel safe.” Ofsted 2012 Everyone at The Deanes has the right to stay safe, enjoy and achieve, make a positive contribution, be healthy and thereby achieve economic well-being. Bullying is not tolerated at The Deanes and will be dealt with swiftly.
“Behaviour seen in lessons was overwhelmingly good.” Ofsted 2012 Bullying is any behaviour that repeatedly, wilfully and persistently sets out to hurt or belittle someone over a period of time. Students are informed that they must always tell an adult if they are being bullied, or know of someone who is being bullied. At school this means a member of staff, usually their tutor. There are many people who will listen to students in school including teachers, support staff and students. A full copy of the policy in relation to bullying is available on the school website.
The Deanes School Code of Conduct Members of the school community have the right to: • Be treated with courtesy and respect • Work in and enjoy a safe, secure and clean working environment • Teach and learn without disruption • Achieve their potential • Have their property respected • Be proud of their achievements In summary: • Respect yourself • Respect the school environment
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Receive regular and developmental feedback about all their work Ensure there is no disruption to another person’s teaching/learning environment Develop their potential and to assist others in doing the same thing Respect students’, staff and school property Ensure that their actions do not discredit the school
Respect that the school is a place where people come to learn Respect each other
Students must comply with any reasonable request made of them by an adult in the school. Our Behaviour Policy seeks to ensure that every lesson in school is effective by stressing our high expectations for behaviour and by focussing upon resolving issues quickly and fairly. A clear and open system is in place to ensure consistency in matters of behaviour and discipline - we call this the Ladder of Consequences. Parents/carers are fully involved in strategies to encourage positive behaviour. Copies of our Behaviour Policy are available on request.
The Deanes facilities and features of special interest Teaching is centred around ten faculty areas, each of which includes appropriate specialist facilities, to include ICT, with all practical areas grouped together. As part of the School’s Improvement Plan, we are constantly improving our internal and external environment. Recent improvements include:
Features of special interest include:
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A dedicated Teacher Training Centre External door access control system to improve security Upgraded ICT facilities across the school New ICT suite in the Music area Creative and Media suite New cycle sheds Extended Sports facilities including an Indoor Tennis Centre
All areas and facilities have access for students with physical disabilities.
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The main faculties are: • • • • • •
An Art and Design centre, with a well equipped photography dark room Large, well-stocked, attractively appointed Library/ Learning Resource Centre Media Suite 5 fully equipped computer rooms as well as access to computers in every teaching area Music studios and adjacent practice rooms Refurbished dining area and servery, including cashless catering system Before and after school clubs Thriving Performing Arts School New purpose built Nursery used as a teaching resource by Child Care and Health & Social Care Students New Intervention Hub (I-Hub) for student needing additional support in their learning
English/Mathematics/Media Science Humanities/International Foreign Languages ICT/Technology/Art Sport, Health and Performance Learning support
The Deanes Sports Facilities • • • • • • •
A four court Sports Hall Gymnasium Multi-purpose dance/ fitness/aerobics studio Fully air-conditioned fitness suite complete with high quality machines for cardio-vascular/resistance/free weight exercise 2 lecture rooms/multi-purpose room Reception/social area A 3 court international standard Indoor Tennis Centre,
sponsored by Essex Lawn Tennis Association, complete with viewing gallery 2 external hard play areas, which currently include 6 tennis courts, 2 seven-a-side soccer pitches, 2 basketball courts and 4 netball courts. There is also a 40m x 10m all weather surface for a variety of athletic activities Extensive playing fields, with three full-sized football pitches and rugby pitch 6 lane, 30 metre tartan athletics track, with long jump pit
The Deanes School Curriculum “The very large majority of teaching observed during the inspection was at least good.”Ofsted 2012 At The Deanes School we aim to provide a curriculum that is broad, balanced and personalised to meet students’ needs and abilities. We seek to enhance the self-esteem and achievement of all our students, ensuring that they become life-long learners who are well prepared for the world of work. Ultimately, our curriculum pathways aim to enable students to fulfil their aspirations. Their potential is our passion.
“The school works hard to raise aspirations.” Ofsted 2012 All students follow the National Curriculum. They have the opportunity to experience a wide range of extra-curricular enrichment activities within school and the community, involving local, national and international issues. Members of staff at The Deanes ensure that there is a dynamic approach to learning and a culture of high expectations. We aim to make learning an enjoyable experience where lessons have pace, engagement and challenge. The majority of lessons are one hundred minutes in duration, there are three lessons per day. As a result of the length of lessons, students can engage in deeper learning experiences and have more opportunities for one-to-one support in lesson time from their teacher. This emphasis on learning and an ethos of aiming for aspirational goals is embedded in our curriculum model. However, following feedback from our students we have changed the length of English, Mathematics and Languages lessons to 50 minutes for some Key Stage 3 classes and therefore, have doubled the frequency of these lessons. This way the students have more of these lessons on their timetable allowing them to further develop their skills in these core subjects.
“The School's Training Programme has equipped teachers well to make eﬀective use of the 100 min lessons.” Ofsted 2012 A high emphasis is placed upon English and Mathematics. In Year 7 and 8 students’ lessons in these subjects are back-to-back fifty minute lessons to increase the pace and intensity of learning. These are taught on the first lesson of the day.
Focus Days Students spend concentrated time engaged in one subject area as part of our Focus Day programme throughout the year. At Key Stage 4, students have the opportunity to focus on their examination subjects for a whole day. Triple Scientists, for example, spend a day working on high level Science activities with guest speakers and professionals. At Key Stage 3, students develop enterprise and employability skills in problem solving, leadership and teamwork in addition to literacy and numeracy.
Most Able Students At The Deanes we believe that all students need to undertake work which will challenge their intellect, broaden their perspectives and hold their interest. Nowhere is this more true than with students who are very able. In English and Mathematics all students are placed into sets according to ability. Setting runs from Year 7 to Year 11; students can move between sets where appropriate. For all other subjects in Years 8 and 9 the most able students are taught as an accelerated group. They have a different curriculum model with greater emphasis upon languages, history and geography. We have a dedicated member of the Senior Leadership Team who focuses on the development of our Most Able strategy.
“Lessons are characterised by very positive relationships between teachers and students.” Ofsted 2012 The school has an established policy for extension and enrichment of the curriculum. Our Most Able Policy includes both the identification process of the most able and the approaches needed. Strategies for extension include: • Our Beyond The Curriculum Programme which provides gifted and talented students in year 7 a unique cultural experience which develops students’ understanding of the world and raises aspirations. It also prepares students for the rigours of academic life through school and university. • Personalised, high level and challenging tasks and activities within the classroom • Star Scholar mentoring programme for Gifted & Talented sports performers • Extra-curricular opportunities • Links with top Russell Group Universities Most Able students at The Deanes feel a real sense of achievement and are spurred on by recognising that they are progressing naturally to the highest possible level. Students are assigned to a mentor, who monitors their academic progress and offers motivational support as they work towards their examinations.
Key Stage 3 The subjects studied at Key Stage 3 are: • English • Geography • Mathematics • History • Science (and triple Science for most able students) • Religious Education • Technology • Personal Health and Social Education
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Physical Education Modern Languages - French and Spanish Art Music Drama ICT Citizenship
Key Stage 4 All students follow the core curriculum and select additional subjects from a range of options. Core Curriculum Subjects: • English Language, English Literature • Mathematics, Statistics • Science (Triple, Double Award or BTEC Science)
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Personal and Social Education (including Careers and Citizenship) Physical Education Religious Studies
Optional Choices: GCSE’s • Geography • History • Art & Design • Photography • Catering
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Product Design Religious Studies Resistant Materials Sociology Design Technology
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Spanish Drama Textiles PE Double Award ICT
Optional Choices: BTEC’s • Dance
Health & Social Care
Alternative Education Programme to include: • Hairdressing • Health & Beauty
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French Business Media Childcare Computing
Painting & Decorating
The Deanes School Homework Policy Our students learn a great deal at school and this learning can be enhanced and extended where parents/carers support students learning at home. At The Deanes we believe that homework forms an essential part of students’ learning, we think of it as 'learning out of school'. As students’ progress through the school they will be expected to take greater responsibility for their own learning. Getting into good habits early help students manage later on in their school career when they will have to plan their time and meet the deadlines associated with examination courses. It really helps students to learn where parents/carers show an interest in their child’s homework and talk to them about it. With support and encouragement, students find it easier to get into the homework habit, take more responsibility and learn how to organise and manage their time. Doing homework is important – it makes a real difference to learning. Homework helps students to; • learn how to organise and manage their time • take more responsibility for their own learning • practise and build on what they have learned at school • develop confidence to deal with frustrations, overcome difficulties and solve problems • learn and work independently in the future Homework helps teachers to; • check students understanding of class work • keep track of their progress
Homework helps parents/carers to; • find out what their child is doing at school and get involved in their learning
Key Stage 3 Homework at The Deanes With this in mind we have designed our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) to help students and parents/carers work together. Homework tasks are located on the VLE through the ‘Homework’ logo. Here homework for every subject is posted in advance. There are also useful links and tips to help complete the tasks. Students use their planners to manage deadlines set by their class teacher on a week by week basis, but the school sets an overall deadline that must be adhered to. Some subjects may set longer projects per half term, others shorter more regular tasks, this depends on the needs of each subject. Teachers will inform parents/carers in the half termly RAG Report if homework has not been completed. In KS3 students receive between one, and one and half hours homework per day. The amount of homework set by individual subjects is dependent on the number of lessons in that subject. Teachers explain very precisely to students the purpose of the work and what they are to do.
Key Stage 4 Homework at The Deanes Teachers set homework in accordance with the requirements of the individual courses students are following. Tasks will include: • Coursework • Preparation for, or extending class work • Revision Homework is recorded by the student in their Planner. Teachers often provide supplementary materials on the VLE within the subject spaces. In KS4 students receive between one and a half, and two hours homework per day. There is an expectation that homework will be set weekly by teachers with the amount of time dependant on the numbers of lessons in that subject. Students record homework and deadlines in their Student Planner. Tasks will be determined by the precise requirements of each individual subject’s examination specification.
What's helpful for parents/carers to know about homework? It's quality that matters, not quantity - the kind of homework your child does is often more important than the amount. Even if you have little time, or don't know much about the subject or level your child is studying, you can still be involved. It's not your time or ability, but a positive and encouraging attitude to your child's learning that really matters. Homework is for children to do, not for parents. If you think your child is experiencing difficulties with homework parents/carers should speak with their Form Tutor. They can decide with you the best way to support your child, by accessing a homework club in school, or receiving additional support from a subject teacher.
Extension and Learning Support Inclusive Teaching at The Deanes School In keeping with the philosophy of inclusion, every teacher at The Deanes takes their responsibility to meet the needs of students with Special Educational needs very seriously. This year, the Learning Support Faculty have moved into a dedicated Intervention Suite, the I-Hub. This includes a Dyxlexia Centre and a suite of rooms for mentoring and intervention. The Learning Support Faculty works closely across the whole curriculum to identify these students and to devise suitable personalised programmes which meet their needs and ensure their success as learners and as members of the wider school community. Strategies for support include classroom assistance and occasional withdrawal from lessons, individually or in small groups. Students who receive assistance from the Learning Support Faculty are placed on the appropriate level of support and close contact is maintained between school and home. All have clear targets which are discussed with them by a designated mentor and staff receive on how best to meet their needs in the classroom. We have a team of dedicated support teachers and learning support assistants who work to ensure that all these students can benefit fully from their time at The Deanes School.
The Learning Support Faculty has a well established Literacy Programme. Students work with older students (Literacy Leaders) under the guidance of the Head of Faculty. Pupils who have dyslexia or dyslexic tendencies, and need extra support, are taught in small groups for one hour a week by our Dyslexia Tutor. The Deanes is proud of its record of working with students with physical disabilities, who are fully integrated into school life. The building is equipped with special lifts and ramps which allow full access to all subject areas. Separate cloakroom and showering facilities are also provided. Specialist staff are trained in meeting the needs of these students.
Homework support group and lunchtime activities There are daily lunchtime clubs where students needing help can be assisted by staff and Year 11 student volunteers. These helpers become ‘buddies’ and so help support pupils with their literacy and numeracy skills, playing a very valuable role in increasing confidence in students who need support. In addition to the Homework Support Group, the Learning Support Faculty also runs lunchtime clubs, consisting of a games club, craft club and a quiet area.
Careers, Education and Guidance Mrs Buckley works as our Careers Co-ordinator and Work Placement Advisor. She is available to parents and students to discuss future placements and next steps in education, employment and training. Please contact the school office to make arrangements if you wish to see her. As a school, we are committed to working with a wide range of agencies to ensure that every aspect of a student’s life is successful. The school has its own Careers Advice Centre based next to the school canteen and run by Mrs Buckley where students, parents and staff can access a wide range of information and advice. Working with Southend Connexions, the local NHS Primary Care Trust, Essex Police and the Citizens Advice Bureau, our Careers Centre supports the school’s PSHE, Employability for Life and Citizenship programmes and seeks to provide information and guidance on a wide range of career and lifestyle issues, from college and university applications to apprenticeships, from financial support to legal rights, and from sexual health and drug awareness to emotional health and well-being.
Our Students and their Sixth Form In order to prepare our students for their future career pathways and to develop an understanding of the world of work, a comprehensive vocational and work related programme is followed in Years 9, 10 and 11. The aims of this programme are set out in our 14 to 19 Curriculum Policy. Students continue their education at a range of Post 16 providers. An increasing number of our students now continue their studies at one of the four grammar schools in Southend. We liaise closely with all schools and colleges to ensure that students select appropriate courses and continue to achieve success in ‘A’ Level and Vocational Courses. The vast majority then continue their studies into Higher Education. Local Colleges and Sixth forms hold open evenings throughout the year so that you can visit and find out more about the courses available.
Destination of school leavers 2012
Intended destinations of school leavers 2013
In full time education Full time employment Training/Apprenticeships Voluntary/Part time activity Unknown/Moved out of area NEET not available to the labour market
In full-time Education Training/Apprenticeships Voluntary/Part time activity Unknown/moved out of area NEET not available to the labour market
86% 2% 12% 0% 0% 0%
80% 20% 0% 0% 0%
Outstanding Sport, Health and Performing Arts “The schools specialism in sport is having a highly positive impact on raising attainment, as well as improving the health of students and bringing the community together.” Ofsted 2012 As a result of our outstanding performance in sport through both our academic performance and our Star Scholar Scheme, we have now been allowed to broaden our specialism to include Music, Dance and Drama. From September 2014, 10% of the published admissions (18 children in total) who demonstrate an aptitude for Sport, Performing Arts or Music may be allocated a place according to the aptitude assessment results. The Sport, Health and Performance Faculty is truly outstanding. It offers a learning experience where each individual has the opportunity to express him or herself through a variety of disciplines that include Sport, Dance, Drama and Music. It is also the Faculty that maintains a high public profile through a wide range of performances that parents, friends and colleagues are invited to on a regular basis. If you feel your child has potential to excel in any of these disciplines, you may wish to apply for a place on our Star Scholar Scheme which will guarantee personalised mentoring and support. The Deanes School Performing Arts Faculty has welcomed an outstanding music teacher this year whose primary focus is to make music accessible to all students, whatever their ability. Mrs Hadley has introduced a Glee Club, where students rehearse and perform songs in various styles including Rock, Pop and Musical Theatre. This year we have introduced a specialist Radio Club which will be recording a pantomime and sound effects. We are currently planning a live radio show to be broadcast in the New Year. Music, dance and drama students always perform in Assemblies and our annual shows. From September 2014, through our revised admissions procedure, your child will have the opportunity to become a Star Scholar through Performing Arts. This year, a new reward system has been introduced for students demonstrating commitment, enthusiasm and participation in one or more of these diciplines. As always, we pride ourselves on our successful and energetic shows. Our two showcases a year and our annual musical, gives students opportunities to specialise in dance, acting, lighting, sound, stage management, singing or back stage roles. As a result of an outstanding reputation built through managing and delivering our own Performing Arts School for six years, The Deanes School has now entered into an exciting partnership with the Urban Edge Academy, a professional organisation with the capacity to work closely with our school to create a range of dynamic classes and opportunities for both students of The Deanes School and within the local community. This programme will cater for all needs and abilities , fully integrated with the personalised approach which makes The Deanes School so unique.
Physical Education and Sport exams - 2013 Headline figures and successes GCSE PE
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188 students entered for GCSE P.E. 82% students gained A* - C A higher number of students achieved A* - C grades in P.E. than the national average A higher number of students achieved A* - A grades in P.E. than the national average
GCSE P.E. • 36 students entered for Double GCSE P.E. (Double Award) • 95% students gained A* - C • A higher number of students achieved A* - C in P.E. than the national average • A higher number of students achieved A* - A in P.E. than the national average GCSE Drama
• 81% students gained A* - C
• Record number of students achieved distinction * grade (equivalent to two GCSE A* grades) • 100% of students passed, therefore, all students achieved 2 A* - C grades
BTEC Public Services
• Record number of students achieved distinction * grade (equivalent to two GCSE A* grades) • 100% of students passed, therefore, all students achieved at least 2 A*-C grades
BTEC Performing • Record number of students achieved distinction * grade (equivalent to two GCSE A* grades) Arts/Dance • 100% of students passed, therefore, all students achieved 2 A* - C grades Duke of Edinburgh
• 42 students completed Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award • The Deanes School awarded a Centre of Excellence Status for Duke of Edinburgh
Since we started the Award, all 102 students participating have completed their Bronze. We have a centre of excellence status for delivery of the award and currently have 40 students in the current cohort carrying out their assessment expedition.
Personal Wellbeing, Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing (PCE) PCE encourages students to be aware of: • •
their personal development and the importance of making informed, healthy lifestyle choices their rights and responsibilities within the community and the role of public policy, law, the economy and government
Students develop knowledge, understanding and skills relating to their own health and well-being and consider issues such as personal safety, drugs (including cigarettes and alcohol), sex and relationships and careers. Citizenship helps students become informed and responsible citizens, with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to play an effective role in society at local, national and international levels. They are encouraged to develop the skills and attitudes necessary to engage positively in the life of the school and the wider community. Economic Wellbeing encourages students to think about money, its role in society and how we make the choices it brings us. It aims to make students financially responsible as individuals. As well as looking at employability and the job market, students also look at banking, budgets, interest, investments and the choices they make as consumers. PCE follows the National Curriculum for Citizenship and Economic Wellbeing, and national and local guidelines concerning Sex and Relationships Education, Drugs Education and Careers Education and Guidance. Our school policy documents (available upon request) show how these orders and recommendations are implemented at The Deanes School. PCE is delivered by a dedicated team of teachers and often enhanced by visiting speakers and special events.We have well developed links with local police, fire and health services as well as a range of other specialist organisations. All students receive one lesson of PCE a fortnight.
Religious Education Religious Education is successfully taught both as a separate subject as well as within the wider Deanes’ curriculum. Every student in the school attends at least one discrete lesson of Religious Education per week in Key Stage 3 and Religious Education forms part of the PCE curriculum at Key Stage 4. Students in Key Stage 3 follow a syllabus guided by both the local and national guidelines. While in principle parents have the right to withdraw their children from Religious Education lessons, such actions have not been necessary as the subject is taught from a non-confessional approach. Students who opt for Religious Studies at Key Stage 4 will gain a GCSE in the ‘Ethics and Philosophy of Religion’ following the OCR Examining Board. The Department of Religious Studies is part of the Humanities Faculty, which seeks to co-ordinate effective teaching and use of resources amongst the Humanities.
Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural Development (SMSC) “Students’ Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural development is a particular strength.”Ofsted 2012 At The Deanes school we recognise that the personal development of our pupils, spiritually, morally, socially and culturally, plays a significant part in their ability to learn and achieve their full potential. As such SMSC is integral to the school’s ethos. The Olympic values of Excellence, Friendship and Respect are the bedrock of our SMSC development programme. We believe that children cannot and will not learn effectively unless they are both happy and secure; unless their individuality is respected; their differences celebrated; their difficulties understood; their interests extended and their talents developed. For that reason the spiritual, moral, social and cultural development of pupils is as important as their academic development. As a consequence, we aim to provide an education that provides children with opportunities to explore and develop their own values and beliefs, spiritual awareness, personal behaviour, a positive and inclusive attitude towards others, an understanding of their social and cultural roots, and an appreciation of the diversity and richness of other cultures.
School Assemblies and Collective Worship House assemblies are held on a weekly basis led by the Head of House. As required we bring Year Groups together at other times of the year for specific purposes. There is a programme of school assemblies which are led by Senior Staff, Heads of House and our students. They bring together the students and staff to focus on the issues which affect all our lives. They provide an excellent opportunity to celebrate individual student successes, both in connection with the school and outside it. We have three main themes which run throughout the year and which reflect the Olympic Values of respect, excellence and friendship. These also reflect our school code of conduct which is based around concepts of rights and responsibilities. Topical issues relating to the environment, to society in general, or to specific areas of concern or interest, are also addressed on these occasions. These assemblies have a spiritual dimension and are broadly Christian in nature. Parents and carers have the right to withdraw their children from the act of collective worship if they wish to do so. They should write to Ms. Sturdy, Deputy Headteacher, to inform her of their decision
Student Voice and Leadership There are many opportunities for staff and students to form excellent working partnerships across a wide range of activities. The School Council consists of students chosen by their peers and is led by our Head Boy and Head Girl. They are elected by students and staff and represent the school at a variety of functions. The School’s House System provides opportunities for students to develop their leadership skills. Each House has ‘Lead Students’ who work with staff to organise events and competitions, fund raising and charity events, school and community issues, and act as school prefects. This enables staff and students to work together on a range of specific school improvement projects, making a real and significant difference to our community. Research conducted by Cambridge University has recognised that our teachers possess ‘a deep knowledge of their school’ and use the views expressed by students to ensure learning is planned to meet the individual needs of students. This reflects our on-going commitment to fostering an independent and influential Student Voice to foster a sense of community and improve learning. Students also: • • •
Support each other in a wide range of learning activities Give regular feedback on the quality of Teaching & Learning in lessons Are involved in the interview process when appointing teaching staff
Organise ‘Students as Researchers Projects’ Welcome visitors to our school
Equality of Opportunity The Deanes School works hard to be an inclusive community. At the centre of this is an absolute commitment to equality of opportunity. Our policy in relation to this is available from the school office and includes a commitment to race, gender, disability and sexuality equality.
Student Services Achievement for All We are an ‘Achievement for All’ school who have at our heart the belief that every student can and will achieve. We endure this through a systematic process of understanding their needs, their difficulties and then we overcome them while at the same time building on their success. No child in our school lacks opportunities to attend clubs and activities. All parent/carers are informed about their child’s progress and what they can do to help them learn more. All our students’ successes are celebrated. That is why we can say that ‘Achievement for All’ is something we live by. This is not a sentimental approach to education, but a hardnosed insistence on progress and a constant push for Quality First teaching. The Student Services Team aims to ensure that the climate for learning is such that all students have the opportunity to achieve their full potential as learners in a safe and supportive environment.
“Safeguarding arrangements are very thorough and secure.” Ofsted 2012 We believe that the partnership between home and school provides the key to ensuring that students are happy, confident and achieve academic success. We ask all parents/carers and students to sign our Home School Agreement in the Student Planner, every year. We recognise that it is essential that the transition from smaller primary schools to a larger secondary school is as seamless as possible. We take great care to create a sense of security and stability for students in their new environment. To achieve this we ensure that on entering the school, students are allocated to a mixed ability tutor group, of not more than thirty students of their own age, and generally remain with this group for their five years at the school. They are also allocated to a House which will give them a sense of identity and family which they will develop in their time at the school. In the summer before they officially begin their careers at The Deanes, students are invited to two induction days where they sample lessons and meet key staff who will work with them. As a member of a tutor group, each student is encouraged to develop a high level of confidence, self-worth, self-discipline and a positive attitude towards school and the wider community. During the first month of their career at The Deanes and then again later in the first half-term, all parents will meet with their child’s tutor to discuss their academic progress, social and emotional development and to set targets for the coming year. Regular contact is continued for all students via the Student Planner and a second Review Day in the summer term will measure and review progress over the year. Our reward system enables students to become Olympic Learners. Based around the key Olympic themes of respect, excellence and friendship, students collect house points for their attainment, contribution and effort. Assemblies and Awards Evenings are held to celebrate these successes. Throughout the year we will communicate with parents and carers through: • • • •
The Deanes Portal The Deanes Website: www.deanesschool.co.uk Student Planners, signed weekly by parents/carers Weekly Newsletters
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Academic Progress Reports every half term Information Evenings Twice yearly Review Days Subject Consultation Evenings
We aim to develop a partnership between home and school that supports students with homework and all aspects of school life. In addition, of course, we also meet with parents/carers at various sporting events, arts evenings and dance, music and drama events.
The Heads of House The Heads of House lead the team of tutors within a House and play a crucial role in the day-to-day work of staff and students alike. They co-ordinate and monitor the work of tutors, providing advice and support for students referred to them by tutors and Faculty Heads. They have a crucial role in identifying students who are underperforming and in recommending intervention strategies which will lead to student success in the future. Although parents would normally contact the tutor for advice, in some circumstances a particular issue may be passed on to the Head of House, who will monitor the situation and work with students for a positive result.
The Tutor We believe that the role of the tutor is essential to the academic and social development of students at our school. They will focus on: • each student as an individual • monitoring personal progress and raising academic achievement • maintaining high standards of behaviour around the school • effective communication around the school and between home and school Tutors see students every day and are best placed to advise them and parents/carers if they are faced with difficulties and problems. Where possible, the tutor stays with a group throughout their school career, enabling them to ensure the wellbeing of every student and develop a strong partnership between home and school. The strong working relationship between tutor and student is designed to provide students with a member of staff who they are able to approach for guidance on any matter.
Wellbeing Officers at The Deanes School Our Student Wellbeing Officers act in addition to the tutor, as a point of contact for students who require advice and support. They also work with teaching staff to ensure that every lesson is purposeful and that every student has the opportunity to learn in a way that is conducive to them. They have an increasingly important role in ensuring the school is a positive, calm and safe place for students to enjoy a high quality education.
Student Counselling Service A guidance service for students is well established within the school. This operates in two ways: • Students who choose to attend to discuss their concerns and problems in a confidential atmosphere may ask for an appointment with one of the two trained counsellors who are in school on a regular basis each week. • Students who have been referred by Heads of House and other teaching staff are asked to attend for counselling. Parents can request that their children are seen by the school counsellor or may wish to discuss confidential matters with the counsellor themselves. If they wish to do so they should contact Student Services.
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Students at the school are all made aware that they will be listened to if they have any concerns regarding their safety and they are encouraged to tell a trusted adult. Staff will then pass any concern to the named person for Child Protection who has a duty to pass it onto the relevant outside agencies. It is impossible to promise confidentiality in matters involving the protection of a child from significant harm and information will be shared with other agencies in order to keep the child safe. In general we would seek to discuss any concerns about a child’s welfare with the family, and where possible, seek agreement to making referrals to Social Care. However, agreement will only be sought where it is judged that doing so would not place a child at an increased risk.
School Uniform The Deanes School has an oﬃcial uniform which must be worn by all pupils We believe that identification with the stated aims of the school is helped by uniform, which reinforces the students’ membership of the school community. We have found it avoids discrimination, helps discipline, sets a high standard for pupils and engenders self-discipline. We ask parents/carers to help us maintain a high standard by ensuring that uniform conforms to the Dress Code on their way to and from school. We will make every effort to ensure that standards are maintained throughout the school day.
Boys will wear:
A navy-blue blazer with The Deanes logo Plain navy-blue trousers Pale blue (or white for Yr.11), short or long sleeved shirt (in plain polyester cotton) buttoned to the collar School tie with the appropriate House logo An optional plain navy-blue, v-necked jumper with The Deanes logo Black, grey or navy-blue socks Black or brown plain shoes (no heavy boots, trainers or plimsoll style shoes), black or brown laces
Girls will wear:
A navy-blue blazer with The Deanes logo Plain navy-blue knee length pleated skirt with wide knife pleats Plain navy blue trousers Pale blue (or white for Yr.11), short or long sleeved shirt (in plain polyester cotton) buttoned to the collar School tie with the appropriate House logo An optional plain navy-blue, v-necked jumper with The Deanes logo Navy-blue, black or white socks (ankle or knee length), or plain tights Black or brown plain low heeled shoes. Shoes must be a ‘full’ shoe ie. not sling back or mule type. Black or brown laces. (Trainers or plimsoll style shoes, boots, stillettos or fine pointed heels are not allowed)
In addition, all Key Stage 3 students will require: White craft apron (Food Technology). Navy craft apron (Resistant Materials)
Students in Year 11 will wear a white shirt, house tie, navy-blue jumper (optional) with Deanes logo and Deanes School blazer
Wearing of Jewellery The only permissible jewellery is a watch and, for pierced ears, a maximum of a single plain gold or silver coloured stud may be worn in each ear; no other piercings are permitted. Any other body piercing (including ear expanders) will be discouraged on grounds of safety. Studs in pierced noses/eyebrows and other parts of the body are not permitted.
Hair Extreme hairstyles (at the discretion of the school) are not allowed.
Hooded Tops Hooded tops are not allowed at this school with the exception of PE Kit within the PE faculty. Pupils will be asked to remove them if worn.
Make-up Make-up should be discreet. Foundation must be natural to own skin colour. No nail varnish (on fingers or toes), nail extensions, false nails or eye-lashes should be worn.
Clothing for Physical Education When undertaking physical education, pupils are required to wear the following items which are practical, comfortable and appropriate for the PE activities involved: • Navy shorts • Navy polo shirt with The Deanes logo • Navy sweatshirt with The Deanes logo • White sports socks • Trainers (non-marking soles) A Deanes School tracksuit top, tracksuit bottoms, navy football socks and football boots are optional. Pupils will be asked to remove any personal items which are a hazard if worn for physical activity.
Attendance “Attendance & Punctuality has improved since the last inspection.” Ofsted 2012 We all want students to be able to take advantage of the wide range of opportunities school offers and to build a successful school career. Young people get one chance of attending school and irregular attendance slows their progress and limits their success. Being on time is also vital. Late arrival disrupts teaching. It is therefore important that students arrive in good time to arrive at lessons for 8.30am and 1.20pm setting good attendance patterns from an early age will help young people in their adult life. Full details of attendance regulations and requests for holidays are provided to parents each year in a handy flyer.
Extra Curricular Clubs In addition to our many and varied sports clubs, we also offer: Art & Design Afterschool Art/Photography Club Big Band Practice for all years and instruments Business Studies Choir Christmas Club KS3 & KS4 Craft Club Dance Clubs Drama Extra Curricular Gifted and Talented Dance and Drama Club Glee Club
Health & Social Care Homework Club Languages Let’s get Cooking Club Pottery Radio Club Reading Club Rock School – all instruments and singers Social Club Theatre Project/Script Writing Workshop Urban Edge Academy
Visits and Activities An extensive programme of educational visits covers a wide range of both subject-related and activities of general interest. Fieldwork, visits to museums, galleries, theatres and sporting events, research of local places of interest and days spent in local primary schools are all part of this programme. Students are given the opportunity to develop their French with a trip to the Christmas markets in Lille, whilst those studying Spanish can participate in a visit to Barcelona. Additionally, trip to the World War 1 battlefields is arranged jointly by the Humanities and International Languages faculties. General interest activities include a skiing holiday to Switzerland and an activity holiday in Norfolk. Many Key Stage 4 students participate in the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme expeditions. Our links with schools in China have meant that some students have been able to spend three weeks following a range of language and sporting activities as part of the Chinese emersion course. There are plans to work with World Challenge to develop links to a school in Africa in the future, which may lead to an expedition for some of our students.
Charging and Remissions Policy The Governing Body of The Deanes School must have a policy on charging for activities that take place during or outside of the school day. Without such a policy, no charge can be made. In general no charge can be made where education is provided wholly or mainly during school hours that are part of the national curriculum. It is therefore not possible to levy a compulsory charge for transport or admission costs for swimming lessons or for visits to museums during school hours.
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To make a broad programme of trips and activities accessible to as many students as possible To establish and maintain a fair and coherent system of charges within the constraints of the school budget
Practice Voluntary contributions Voluntary contributions will be invited towards the cost of: • any activity which takes place during and outside school hours • school equipment • school funds generally The contribution is genuinely voluntary, though, and the pupils of the parents who are unable or unwilling to contribute will not be discriminated against. Where there are not enough voluntary contributions to make the activity possible, and there is no way to make up the shortfall, then the activity will be cancelled. Residential trips The cost of board and lodging during residential school trips is chargeable. This cost will not exceed the actual cost of the provision. Where the trip takes place wholly or mainly during school hours, pupils whose parents are in receipt of the following support benefits will, in addition to having a free school lunch entitlement, also be entitled to the remission of these charges: • • • • •
Income Support Income Based Job Seekers Allowance support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999 Child Tax Credit provided the parent is not entitled to Working Tax Credit and their annual income does not exceed £13,910 Guarantee element of State Pension Credit
A similar entitlement applies where the trip takes place outside of school hours but it is a necessary part of the National Curriculum, forms part of the syllabus for a prescribed examination that the school is preparing the pupil to sit, or the syllabus is religious education. If the trip takes place outside school hours and does not form part of the National Curriculum, the school can make a charge for transport.
Instrumental music tuition A charge will be made for instrumental music tuition for up to and including four students, unless the tuition forms part of the syllabus for a prescribed examination (e.g. GCSE), that the school is preparing the child to sit, or is part of the National Curriculum or the syllabus for religious education, in which case a charge is not permissible.
Public examinations No charge will be made for entering pupils for public examinations that are set out in regulations. However, an examination entry fee may be charged to parents if: • the examination is on the set list, but the pupil was not prepared at the school • the examination is not on the set list, but the school arranges for the pupil to take it • a pupil fails without good reason to complete the requirements of any public examination where the governing body or LA originally paid or agreed to pay the entry fee • Charges will not be made for any cost associated with preparing a pupil for an examination. However, a charge may be made for tuition and other costs if a pupil is prepared outside school hours for an examination that is not set in regulations.
Charges for “finished products” The school may make a charge to cover the costs of materials/ingredients for subjects such as design or food technology where the parents have indicated in advance that they would like their child to bring home the finished product. In some cases a fixed charge is made annually to cover the cost of ingredients/materials that will be provided during the school year.
Optional extras A charge will be made for the following activity where it takes place outside school hours: • Pupil’s travel costs • Board and lodging • Materials, books and other equipment • Non-teaching staff costs • Entrance fees to museums, theatres etc. • Insurance costs • The cost of engaging a teacher, who is already employed by the school, on a contract for service, as distinct from a contract of employment, specifically for the activity
Clothing Although no charge can be made for “equipment” for use in school in connection with education provided during school hours, clothing is specifically excluded from the definition of equipment. Parents can therefore be asked to provide their children with such things as PE kit, protective aprons and sports kit.
Payments In cases where charges are to be levied parents must be advised in advance, and all monies collected prior to the activity. Requests for help in line with the guidelines outlined above will be considered and assistance provided within the limits of the school budget. Complete confidentiality will be maintained in these instances at all times.
Information on charging and remissions policy A copy of the Charging and Remissions Policy is available at all times from the school office, or on the school website.
Damage to and loss of school property At the discretion of the Headteacher, a parent may be charged for damage to or loss of school property resulting from the behaviour of his/her child.
Parental concerns and complaints We value good home/school relationships. We seek to resolve any concerns or complaints promptly, and to the satisfaction of all concerned. It is the school‘s policy to ensure that any concerns expressed by parents/carers and others about the school curriculum and related matters will be dealt with initially in informal discussion with the appropriate member of staff at the school. We welcome feedback on what parents feel we do well, or not so well, as a school. We will consider carefully all feedback, whether positive or negative, and will review our policies and practices accordingly. We will treat all concerns and complaints seriously and courteously and will advise parents/carers and others of the school’s procedures for dealing with their concerns. In return, we expect parents and other complainants to behave respectfully towards all members of the school community. In particular, any disagreement with the school should not be expressed inappropriately or in front of pupils. All school staff, teaching and non-teaching; and members of the Governing Body, will receive a copy of this policy statement and will be familiar with the school’s procedures for dealing with parental concerns and complaints, to which they will have access as required. The school’s procedures will be reviewed regularly and updated as necessary. If there are cases which cannot be resolved informally, arrangements do exist to consider formal complaints. For further details, please contact the P.A. to the Headteacher. The Complaints Policy can be found on The Deanes School website.
Friend of the Deanes Organisation (FRODO) The Deanes School is lucky enough to have a PTA, known as FRODO (Friends of Deanes Organisation). This is a group of hardworking, fun loving parents, grandparents, teachers and members of the community who like to raise money to give back to the school! We know times are tough and budgets have been cut and here at The Deanes we are proud to say that since FRODO began, we have raised over £30,000. This has been given back into the many faculties of the school in the form of purchases and donations – in the past year alone we have supplied a DJ for the Year 11 Prom, French DVD’s for Languages, lights for the Drama department, Maths books and library books, even an iPod to raffle at Easter!! This coming year we plan to host a Charity Auction Event and an Evening of Magic as well as selling refreshments at all the school Dance and Drama shows. New ideas and new faces are always very welcome – we meet once a month in a relaxed and informal setting and would love to have YOU join us !!
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