It is with great pride that we can report that many of our staff within the Dean Close Foundation have put themselves forward to volunteer within the wider community during these unprecedented times.

We still have members of staff working on preparations for next term to enable our pupils to continue on their learning journeys  whilst at the same time getting to grips with innovative ways to lead the way in remote learning through DeanClose@home, and we also have select members of staff that have been taking care of Key Workers’ Children ever since UK schools have closed – and will continue to do so until further notice.

However, we were heartened to hear of those of our staff who are available to offer help to the wider community have done so with gusto!

We have the Design and Technology department for both Senior School and the Prep School coming together (virtually, we might add) to design protective face masks for Key Workers through 3D printing and the use of school equipment.

We have many members of staff that are currently volunteering with the NHS delivering care packages, some of  which will include our very own school grown ‘Sweet Peas’, as well as contacting members of our wider community that are isolated or in need, to check up on them and offer any support and company through telephone conversations.

We have volunteers offering to deliver freshly cooked meals to the sick and vulnerable in our community.

We are very proud of how all of our members of the Dean Close Foundation have come together as a community of carers and volunteers as we hope to all beat this pandemic together.

If you would like volunteer within the local community, you can sign up through the British Red Cross, the Royal Voluntary Service and other various local projects.