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Taunton Deane

Partnership College

Working in partnership with our schools

Deane Discovery Centre

About our centre

Deane Discovery Centre is a short term provision that works with up to 12 children from KS2/3 who have social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH), and are at risk or have been permanently excluded from mainstream school.  We are a small nurture provision that aims to understand and meet both the personal and learning needs of all pupils, enabling them to develop socially and emotionally, and to engage positively in learning.





What our pupils say


"I'm really proud of my swim certificates I got at DDC".


" I have learnt lots of new things that I didn't think I could do".


"It's much better than my last school - I'm learning new skills like making pizza".


" I like it here because I've got new friends and we do fun stuff together".





What our parents say


"Thank you so much, you really have made such a positive impact on our son's education".


"A massive thank you to all of you at DDC, for all the help you've given over the last 18 months. Our son has come on so well since being at the centre".


"Its such a calm setting, perfect for my child".


"He talks about how he feels now and is better at talking about things with me".


"Its lovely to see him happy to go to school". 


Our staff


Deryk Kerr - Lead Teacher

Lorna Shephard - Deputy Head of Centre

Jen Mason - Outdoor Education Instructor

Emma Seabrook - Outdoor Education Assistant

Kate Taylor - HLTA

Tom Rickard - HLTA

Elaine Queenan - Admin Assistant





Our Contact Details


Deane Discovery Centre

Howleigh Lane

Blagdon Hill




Telephone number: 01823 421014