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The Deanes School
Daws Heath Road, Thundersley, SS7 2TD, UK Benfleet
+44 (0)1268 773545

About The Deanes School

Setting Challenges - Achieving Success

"At The Deanes School, every learner is given access to a curriculum rich and varied, challenging and inspiring, which enables all our students to fulfil their potential, to shape their futures and to strive to create a better world."
"My teachers were prepared to put in extra time and effort. This spurred me on, resulting in my taking a Maths degree at Oxford University. I don't think this would have happened without the dedication of the teachers at Deanes."
Former Deanes' student, who went on to SEEVIC and then to Oxford.
"There are a great range of extra-curricular activites you can do at The Deanes. A lot of them are confidence building, such as the Trident Gold Award, which I really enjoyed."
Former Deanes' student

Supporting Success

We believe in encouraging students to reach the highest possible standards. Our highly qualified team of teachers create a learning experience which is varied and challenging. Our students are actively involved with their teachers in setting and achieving realistic but demanding targets. In this way they achieve their academic potential.

As a comprehensive school, we ensure that students of all abilities can develop their many and varied talents to the full. We have a special responsibility for students with physical disabilities within South East Essex. We provide specialist staff and facilities for those with mobility problems. In this way all students have complete access to the curriculum.


The Deanes School got its name from its location: it was built on the northern edge of West Wood. During the 16th century West Wood was known as The Deanes Wood because it belonged to the Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral. This land is still owned by the Church of England and is leased to Castle Point District Council. When the school was opened in 1971 the old name for the wood was adopted.

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At The Deanes School we offer a varied and dynamic curriculum, including a wide range of subjects to meet individual student's needs.

To find out more about the range of subjects we offer, click on the desired choice on the left hand side.


We believe in Sport for All

The Deanes School has been a Sports College since 1998 and has successfully received notification of third phase designation as a Sports College. We have a development plan in place until 2009.


Sports Colleges commit themselves to a four year development plan with specific targets to improve standards as a whole and to raise performance and participation in sport and physical education. We want our students to excel in P.E. and Sport and we have many students who perform at county, regional and national level. Above all, we want our students to be healthy and to reap the benefits in all areas of the school from a healthy mind and a healthy body.


Our role as a specialist Sports College also involves managing a School Sport Partnership across 64 schools (infant, junior, primary, secondary and special) in Castle Point and Rochford. Permeating all our work with other schools is the aim to raise standards through sharing Best Practice in curriculum, out of school hours learning, school to community links and developing young leaders.


The national P.E. School Sport and Club Links (PESSCL) strategy was launched by the Government in 2003. The strategy promotes the principle of equality through the delivery of high quality P.E. and school sport. It strives for a culture that enables and values the full involvement of every young person. The overall objective is to increase the percentage of 5 – 16 year olds who spend a minimum of 2 hours on high quality P.E. and school sport.

Sport Colleges and School Sport Partnerships provide the infrastructure through which the PESSCL programme is delivered.


The Deanes School has received DfES recognition as a model of Best Practice for the work it is doing in supporting Gifted & Talented students. A number of elite sports performers currently have ‘flexible’ time-tables to enable them to integrate sporting and academic achievement. In addition to this, further support packages include mentoring, life-style workshops and nutrition workshops. The support package is personal to the performer.

This work has now extended to the award of ‘Advanced Practitioner Status’ for Personalised Learning. This involves the dissemination of our P.E. curriculum model to other Sports Colleges and School Sport Partnerships. Our inclusive curriculum, designed through joint teacher and their physical ability using sport as a vehicle.


To ensure quality of practice Sports Colleges are embedded at the hub of communities working in a multi-partnership approach between education and sport agencies. Opportunity and value for money are being delivered, maximizing the potential of young people in and through sport.


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