Start of Term Assembly: Friday 24 April

Letter from the Headmaster

All Pupils: If you need help…..UPDATED!

5 Gears at Dean Close



Please do complete them if possible


Now that we are a week into the new term and nearly forty days into lockdown it would be useful to find out how you are feeling and coping with the situation we find ourselves in. The SLT will then use this information to help plan for the next couple of weeks. You don’t have to complete the questionnaire but it would be very helpful if you did.


This is made up of just 4 Questions.


Children of Key Workers

We will continue to offer a provision for children of Key Workers in school and as such we would be grateful if you could email Deputy Headmaster, Mr Andrew Hall on if you would like your son or daughter to be educated in school.


Co-Curricular Programme

Trinity 2020

With lessons occurring in the mornings for those on British Summer Time or UTC +1, we are wanting to provide a range of activities for pupils to be able to select from so that they are never in the situation where they can say they are ‘bored with nothing to do’. The same applies to our overseas pupils in their mornings.

Please keep an eye on the DCS @ Home page on the website for further details. If pupils have any ideas of clubs that they want to initiate, Mr Hall would love to hear from you about your ideas.

This week’s Challenges:

  • Photography: Home Life

This week the theme is ‘Home Life’. Your response may be humorous, serious, all about the art, in colour, or black and white. All entries to be emailed to Mrs Rushton.

  • Lego Building: Build a Skyscraper

If you haven’t already done so, pull out the boxes of lego and build a skyscraper and send photographs of your entry to Mr Evans or Mrs Davis in the DT Department.

  • Hand Eye Co-ordination: Cricket Bat and Ball

For all the budding circus performers, check out this cool video from Mr Powell and submit your best attempt to Mr Baber-Williams who will judge the winner.

  • Cookery School Bake-Off:

Even if you haven’t been involved up until now, you are still able to enter next week’s challenges which can be found HERE and submitted to Mrs Larkin-Lawton.

All entries for these challenges need to be in by Thursday 30th April at 4.00pm which leaves us enough time to judge the winners before next Friday’s Mailing.


Job Opportunity

Upper 6th Leavers

Each year St John’s on the Hill, our Prep School in Chepstow appoint 3 Gap Assistants to support the school in their day to day operations. It is a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a broad range of areas. If you are interested in applying for this role, please email Mr Jason Dobbie on expressing your interest.


Post 18 Choices

The Careers and Higher Education departments were meant to give a presentation to you all at the end of last term regarding the Futures Programme which we run at the school in order to prepare pupils for their life post A Level.  As this was cancelled, Mr Suckle has put together a dedicated page on the Library website to showcase the information we were going to share with you:

There are 3 presentations:  one from Mr Mochan on the UCAS system and two from Mr Suckle on Unifrog and other career options.  There are also links to the many tools which are available to help with these areas.  The link to the main careers site is: .

Lastly, we have attached below a series of independent guides for parents on the Futures options and process. These can also be found in the site above using the password “Futures”.

Parents’ Guide to Apprenticeships

Parents’ Guide to Degree Apprenticeships

Parents’ Guide to Exam Revision Sixth Form

Parents’ Guide to Post 18 Options

Parents’ Guide to Results Day

Parents’ Guide to University 2020-2021

Parents’ Guide to University Applications 2020-2021


SoGlos Awards

We are pleased to announce that the Bacon Theatre has been shortlisted for Live Entertainment Venue of the Year 2020 in the SoGlos awards, as has Dean Close School for Independent School of the Year.

We would really appreciate if you could show your support by registering and voting for the Bacon Theatre and for Dean Close School.

It takes just 2 minutes to complete and you can opt to not receive any future correspondence from SoGlos – so please vote for us and Dean Close School and if possible spread the word and pass onto everyone you know to do the same.

Votes close on 30th April so please visit and vote now.


School Calendar

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. All POSTPONEMENTS and CANCELLATIONS will be detailed on our live calendar.

For those parents who are wanting to upload the School Calendar to smart phones, google calendar or similar, you are able to use the following URL:

If you have any queries or comments, please contact