Autumn activities coming up include Primary Harvest Festival on 2 Oct, Post 16 Open Evening on 9 Oct and National Deaf Children's Cross Country competition on 16 Oct 

Fundamental British Values

All pupils at RSDD follow a broad and balanced curriculum, which reflects the needs of our pupils and national priorities. It allows pupils to develop the skills and knowledge required to succeed in the adult world now and in the foreseeable future.

We aim to develop confident and successful young people, who enjoy learning and appreciate the value of learning and qualifications and who grow into confident, responsible citizens ready to make a positive contribution to their local community and to society.


All children and young people, as well as staff and governors are divided into house groups. Children and young people vote on roles within these houses and work together across the school.

Children and young people have many opportunities for their voices to be heard. We have a school and residence council which meets regularly to discuss issues.

The Rule of Law

The importance of Laws, whether they be those that govern the class, the school, or the country, are consistently reinforced throughout regular school days, as well as when dealing with behaviour and through school assemblies. Pupils are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this message.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for young pupils to make choices safely, through provision of a safe environment and empowering education. Pupils are encouraged to know, understand and exercise their rights and personal freedoms and advised how to exercise these safely, for example through our E-Safety and PSHE lessons. Whether it is through choice of learning challenge, of how they record, of participation in our numerous extra-curricular clubs and opportunities, pupils are given the freedom to make choices.

Mutual Respect

Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

RSDD has a national and as a result, diverse catchment area, therefore we place a great emphasis on promoting diversity with the children. Assemblies are regularly planned to address this issue either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures. Members of different faiths or religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children and young people visit places of worship that are important to different faiths

House System

Daunt House Hanifin House Westbury House Kendall House

Culture and History

Comedy and Story Telling

Sport and Adventure

Media and Creative Arts

Winning shield designs to be used for banners, supporting, certificates

  • Each house has 29 children and young people, families are in the same house
  • Staff and governors have also been sorted into houses
  • Children and young people will have badges to wear in the colour of their house
  • The Headteacher is impartial and is not in a house

Reward System

P – Positive behaviour A – Academic achievement W – Working together S –Sport (PAWS)

  • The Reward System aims to encourage a real sense of pride and achievement as well as fostering a strong community spirit
  • Children and young people can earn 1, 2 or 3 tokens.The tokens will match the colour of their house
  • When children and young people are awarded tokens staff will log this on an electronic system
  • The child or young person will drop their token into the coloured cylinder for their house
  • The points are rewarded throughout the year potentially earning Bronze, Gold, Silver, Emerald and Diamond certificates and prizes.
  • Special awards are given intermitently, termly and annually.
  • Each house has a trophy which will be awarded at Open Day

Prefect Role

  • To act as good examples to all other pupils in terms of attitude and behaviour, uniform, punctuality and attendance.
  • Representing the school at school events and functions, e.g. Open Day,
  • Parents’ Evenings.
  • Make sure all pupils follow school rules, wear appropriate uniform.
  • Plan pupil events and help organise Yr11 leaver’s assembly/book/DVD
  • Support younger members of the school in assembly and lunchtime/enrichment clubs.
  • Support new students and Y6 transition days.
  • Take new visitors on a tour around the school.

Sports Captain Role

  • Support PE staff in organising practices and fixtures such as Sports Day, Swimming Gala, Tournaments, Open days, Performing Arts Evening etc.
  • Help organise equipment, warm ups and warm downs in PE lessons.
  • Support in sports award assemblies and ceremonies.
  • Organise signing up pupils to sports events and inter house competitions.
  • Keep sports notice board up to date.

Free Time Monitor Role

  • Look after other pupils at break and lunchtime.
  • Help set out playtime equipment and clear away.
  • Organise games or groups of children to play together
  • Help direct children to peer mentors or staff if they are upset.
  • Carry out lunch duties in the dining room.
  • Look after the school environment – watering the garden (Primary)

Classroom Monitor Role

  • Check that all pupils have their equipment pen, pencil, ruler etc.
  • Keep the classroom tidy.
  • Put the books away.
  • Hand out snacks (Primary)
  • Help the teacher hand out resources.
  • Collect in homework.

Library Monitor Role

  • Look after the books in the library e.g. sorting them into categories, tidying up shelves, checking books in and out of the library.
  • Reading monitor role – support other pupils with their reading.
  • Check all pupils have a reading book, help them to choose a book that is right for them.
  • Direct other pupils to staff and places where they can get more help with their reading.

Safety Monitor Role

  • To talk to pupils and be good role models for e-safety.
  • To inform staff if there are any problems with e-safety, bullying etc.
  • To inform staff and direct pupils to get help if they have any problems with e-safety.
  • Report any health and safety problems to staff e.g. broken window, fallen branches, cut wires, wet floors

Peer Mentor Role

  • Listen to worries/problems of other pupils
  • Help others to solve their problems
  • Be supportive to other pupils if they are upset, struggling, or need any help at all.
  • Direct them to information and refer them for further support
  • Just chat!