Surrounded by glorious green countryside, Cheltenham is one of Britain’s most handsome Regency spa towns. Dean Close School is well regarded within the local town and pupils feels safe within our local community. We are located in an area of the country with a very low number of COVID-19 cases.
According to the Office of National Statistics, the South West of England (including Cheltenham) has one of the lowest proportion of deaths involving coronavirus (COVID-19).
(This data is from March – May 2020).
Health and Safety
Dean Close adheres to the BSA Safe Charter. This confirms we adhere to all Government advice and regulations and will meet the requirements outlined by the BSA.
Our top priority is that our pupils and staff feel safe and remain well. We will continue to work to uphold high health and safety standards and keep up to date with the latest government advice.
Recently, Graham Stuart MP, Minister of Exports, Department of International Trade, has written a letter aimed at international students, making it clear that the UK is ready to welcome international students back to their schools, and also references the measures schools have taken in line with the BSA Covid-Safe charter. The minister writes: “International students bring huge benefits to the UK, socially, culturally and economically and, as a government, we are proud that so many parents trust UK schools to give their children the best possible education. International students make our world class schools even better. They enrich the experience of all students, bring greater diversity to our school campuses and stimulate fresh ideas and new perspectives. This cultural exchange helps build life-long friendships, as well as laying the foundations for future networks, and important business, political and diplomatic bridges.” The full letter is available to read here.
Temperature checks – Dean Close will conduct regular non-contact temperature checks of all pupils, staff and visitors, including parents.
Social Distancing – Dean Close will ensure there is appropriate social distancing of two metres in all areas of the school. We will ensure safe occupancy levels of all facilities and areas, and this will include rearranging furniture in classrooms, common areas, dining rooms and bedrooms, to ensure social distancing can be adhered to. Where possible, we will implement one way systems around the school buildings and pupils will be taught in small groups (pods).
Face Coverings – Pupils are staff are allowed to wear face coverings and are encouraged to do so when in an enclosed space, such as a vehicle.
Regular Hand washing – Dean Close requires all pupils and staff to regularly wash their hands and this will be actively encouraged. Disinfectant spray and hand sanitiser gels have been placed in every classroom and additional hand washing facilities have been provided.
Hygiene – Enhanced cleaning will take place around the school sites by staff wearing PPE. Particular attention will be paid to surfaces that have frequent contact, such as door handles and toilet facilities. Rooms will be ventilated between use and we will ensure equipment is not shared between pupils, other than when appropriate cleaning has taken place.
Dean Close School values every person and is an inclusive and supportive community. It challenges selfishness and promotes respect for others, service to the School and wider community and the development of healthy and positive relationships.
The transition back into school and work life may be a challenge for some as we try to adjust from the lockdown period. The wellbeing of the whole Dean Close community is our absolute priority and our fantastic Pastoral Care teams will endeavour to offer reassuring support and care during this time.