Welcome from The Headteacher

The Deanes is a small secondary school in Thundersley with a local reputation for being family orientated and aspirational with our students.

My focus is to ensure that the teaching and learning agenda is put at the centre of all we do. I expect staff to deliver high quality lessons which challenge, engage and inspire students of all abilities. Our relentless focus on pupil progress ensures, not just exam success, but also that individual students develop self-esteem and confidence through hard work and dedication to their studies.

For this to happen, The Deanes maintains the highest possible standards of behaviour. Students' behaviour around the school should be impeccable and every lesson must be characterised by a relentless focus on learning, free from distractions.  I have very high expectations of our students and I believe that every student is capable of meeting them.

Our vision is set out in our 6 Promises. 

On 1 October 2016, The Deanes converted to Academy status when we joined The Challenger Multi-Academy Trust.  One of the main advantages for our students are the opportunities to learn outside the classroom.  Through participation in a wide range of co-curricular activities, events and educational visits, our children develop the social and life skills that will stand them in good stead through their adult life.  Furthermore, they gain the confidence, determination and self-esteem that are needed for excellent academic success.  This helps embed our Promise #4 – ‘we will equip our students with the skills, attributes and values needed for future life’.

I would be delighted to personally welcome you to The Deanes and arrange a tour of our newly refurbished buildings. 


Desi McKeown