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A warm welcome from the Trustees of Denefield

We are very proud of our school which has been serving our local community for over 40 years.

Our caring and distinctive ethos is based on our ‘CHARACTER’ values and a belief that every child has the potential to succeed. Our strap line, ‘Success for Life' is at the heart of all the school's work.

We are committed to excellence and passionately believe in providing our young people with the best opportunities to develop and achieve both academically and personally.

We are very proud of our Ofsted ‘Good’ status, which we received in 2014 and again in 2018 and were delighted on both occasions that the inspection teams recognised the actions taken by senior leaders, staff and trustees to further improve the quality of education provided.

Our curriculum provides students with a good academic grounding together with ample opportunities to become well-rounded individuals. Developing ‘CHARACTER’ values is a key focus of our work, and we encourage our students to embrace these values to become Confident, Happy, Articulate, Resilient, Ambitious, Courageous, Tolerant, Empathetic and Respectful individuals. Students are given opportunities to thrive and grow, through an array of extra-curricular activities (ie sports clubs, expressive arts clubs, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Combined Cadet Force) and in-school leadership positions (ie, school council, house council, subject ambassadors).

We have excellent links with a number of local businesses which provide superb opportunities for young people to develop a passion and interest for the STEM subjects. The school has a strong sporting tradition and plays an active part in a number of county fixtures; opportunities to play sport overseas have been introduced in recent years, past trips include Paris, Greece and Malta. Our art, music and drama departments make valuable contributions to school life including annual productions; past performances include: ‘Oliver’, ‘We will rock you’ and ‘Hairspray’. We have a partnership with Pangbourne College and have a ‘Combined Cadet Force’ which enables our young people to develop powers of leadership by means of training to promote the qualities of responsibility, resilience, resourcefulness, endurance, and perseverance.

Our Languages, Business and Travel Faculty offers a wide range of languages: French, Spanish and German and opportunities for visits to help children practice language skills and to experience the culture of countries they are studying.

As a school, we celebrate diversity and inclusion, whereby students look at Black History Month and LGBTQ+ History Month.

Since January 2012 the school has operated as a standalone Academy Trust School. Academy schools are free from Local Authority control but directly accountable to the Secretary of State for Education. Academy status has benefited the school considerably and has enabled us to bid for a number of capital grants to improve the buildings and learning environment. To date, we have received £3 million of funding which has been used to extensively improve our estate. Recent projects include boilers, refurbishing the reception area, enhancing classroom areas, upgrading security and IT infrastructure and of course we have seen the arrival of the much-anticipated 3G pitch.

I am very proud to be Chair of the Trust Board at Denefield. The Trustees are very committed to supporting the school and working with the staff to offer the best education for the young people in our local community. As a parent of three children, who have completed their education at the school; I have been delighted with the quality of education and the excellent support they have received.

Lorraine Doyle
Chair of Trustees