DCPPS Important Notices – Issue 15 – End of Trinity Term

Track and Trace at the start of the summer holidays

Following Government guidance, parents need to let the school know if your son or daughter tests positive for coronavirus during the first 48 hours of the summer holiday, i.e. up to 12 noon on Sunday 4th July.  If this occurs, you should email the school: dcppsheadmistress@deanclose.org.uk and ring the DCPPS office number on 01242 258079.  The school will assist in identifying close contacts and advising self-isolation in line with Government guidance, as the individual may have been infectious whilst in school.  This means you may be contacted by the school to inform you that your son or daughter needs to self-isolate.


Where a pupil or staff member tests positive for coronavirus (COVID-19), having developed symptoms more than 48 hours since being in school, the school should not be contacted. Parents and carers should follow contact tracing instructions provided by NHS Test and Trace.

 Please see the attachments below for the following:

  • DCPPS Michaelmas Term 2021 Calendar – All dates and events are subject to change and are dependent on Government guidance at the time.
  • Term Dates
  • Forest School Dates
  • 5 O’clock Club
  • Extra Curricular Activities – Please give this form to your child’s teacher during the first week back in September to avoid disappointment.
  • Uniform Handbook


Summer Performance ‘Summer Safari’

This performance was shared with you via Google Classroom on Friday 2nd July.


Year Two Dinosaur WOW Day – Tuesday 14th September

On Tuesday 14th September Year Two will have a Dinosaur WOW Day!  Please send your child to School dressed as a dinosaur, caveman/woman, explorer or paleontologist!  We will be running a variety of fun activities throughout the day.  If you need further information or ideas for dressing up, please contact a member of the Year Two staff.


Year One Visit to Hatherley Park – Wednesday 15th September

On Wednesday 15th September Year One will visit Hatherley Park as part of their science work on forces (push and pull).  If you need further information about the trip, please contact a member of the Year One staff.


Whole School ‘Amazing Animals’ Day – Wednesday 22nd September

On Wednesday 22nd September the whole school will be involved in an ‘Amazing Animals’ Day.  Please send your child to school dressed as an animal.  Nursery and Kindergarten children who are not normally in School are invited to attend.  Collection time 11.45am.


Music Department Notices

Please click here for information about musical instrument tuition on offer to children in Pre-Prep.


The Music Department are keen to reinforce that music lessons continue until a terms’ notice is given by emailing dcpsmusic@deanclose.org.uk and requesting your child stop their music tuition.  This is due at the start of the term you would like your child to stop at the end of and therefore notice should already have been received if you would like your child to stop at the end of this Trinity term.


If you would like your child to start a new instrument (current lessons continue automatically) in September, please could you follow the link below to see which instruments are available to pupils from Reception upwards and fill in these forms by Friday 9th July.  If you have any music related questions, then please email Mr McVittie (Director of Music) or Mrs Godley (Assistant Director of Music) at dcpsmusic@deanclose.org.uk.


This form is to sign up any pupils who will be in Reception, Year One or Year Two in September.  NO NEED TO RE-REGISTER if your child already learns an instrument:



This form is to sign up any pupils who will be in Year 3 in September.  NO NEED TO RE-REGISTER if your child already learns an instrument:



School Shop – Appointments in the Summer Holiday

The School Shop will run on an appointment only basis throughout the summer holidays.  Appointments are available starting Monday 12th July, right up until the start of term, Tuesday 7th September.  Please contact Mr Sam Taylor to book an appointment. Appointment slots book up fast, so please think ahead when planning to purchase uniform.


We also offer used uniform through our second-hand shop which operates on the same hours and basis as the School Shop which can also be browsed during appointments in the holidays.  All forms of payment are now accepted for second-hand uniform.  Donations to the second-hand shop must be clean and in a re-sellable condition and also within the School uniform guidelines.  All profits go to charity.


All items of uniform must be named, name labels are available from the School Shop.  50 x iron on / sew on name labels, costing £6.00 can be printed in the shop and can be available immediately.  72 x traditional sew on labels costing £7.50 can be available in around 1 week.  Orders for name labels can be ordered prior to appointments to avoid the wait.


To arrange an appointment, please contact Mr Sam Taylor on 01242 258016 or email shop@deanclose.org.uk


Bacon Theatre

The Bacon Theatre has re-opened and the Open Air Theatre Festival returns to the Tuckwell Amphitheatre this summer!  Click here for the Bacon Theatre program of events, and click here for the Bacon Theatre Family Favourites.


Dean Close Swim School

Dean Close is offering swimming lessons for all ages!  Our swim teachers are fully qualified, ASA accredited and DBS checked.  We follow Swim England ‘Learn to Swim Stage 1-7’ and with our small class sizes, we can give your child the encouragement they may need.


Sessions run from 5th September to 21st November 2021 (half term 24th – 31st October 2021 excluded)

Monday: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Thursday: 6.30pm – 7.30pm

Sunday: 8.30am – 11.00am


10 week course, classes are 30 minutes and allocation time is dependent on your child’s level.


Click https://www.deanclose.org.uk/swimschool/ to view our brochure and to submit an enquiry for lessons.


Dean Close Sports Camps

Dean Close Services Sports Camps are back this summer and we hope you are as excited about them as we are!  All camps will take place at Dean Close School, will be delivered by our own specialist coaches and are open to boys and girls.  Click https://www.deanclose.org.uk/about/courses/ for more information or to register your interest, please email Lydia Day on enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk


Tennis Camp – 28th to 30th July 2021 for children aged 5 to 11 years.


Cricket Camp – 2nd to 4th August 2021 for children aged 6 to 11 years.


Rugby Camp – 18th to 20th August 2021.  Available to U7s to U11s, U12s to U16s.  Dean Close are delivering their Rugby Camp in partnership with Gloucester Rugby and we are delighted that some of their coaches will be here taking the camp! To book please visit https://www.rugbycamps.co.uk/ or email cdp@gloucesterrugby.co.uk


Hockey Camp – 23rd to 26th August 2021 for children from Year 3.  Times: Years 3-6 is 8.45am-12.45pm and Years 7 onwards is 1.45pm-4.45pm (we are offering drop off from 8am and collection until 5pm for an extra £5 daily fee).  We are also offering Goal Keeping training clinics, at the same times as the camp and at the same price. The Goal Keeping clinics will be run by a GB Development Keeper.


Netball Camp – 25th to 27th October 2021 for children aged 5 to 11 years.


Parents’ Prayer Fellowship

All parents are warmly invited to join us at our fortnightly parents’ prayer fellowship. We currently meet on Zoom to hear the needs of and to pray for our pupils, staff and families, with occasional opportunities to meet senior Foundation leaders. Parenting is a high calling at the very best of times, and we need one another to be the best parents we possibly can. Do please come and join us!  Please click here for more info or email dcppf@tentastic.com


Parents’ Tennis

We have spaces available in our Wednesday Cardio, Thursday Intermediate and Friday Advances lessons and would love to welcome lots of newcomers to any of these sessions.  All sessions are delivered by our fantastic Dean Close coaches on the school courts.


Tennis sessions take place each week in term time, at the following times:

Wednesday Cardio Tennis: 8.45am-9.30am

Thursday Intermediate Tennis: 8.30am-9.30am

Friday Advanced Tennis: 8.30am-9.30am


In addition, if you are new to and/or wanting to give tennis a go for the first time, we are looking to bring back Monday Beginners Tennis, get in touch with us to show your interest!


If you are interested in any of the above tennis coaching sessions, please contact Lydia Day on: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk


Ultimate Activity Camps

Ultimate Activity Camps will be back at Dean Close during the summer holiday from 19th July to 27th August.  We suggest that you book early to avoid disappointment (dates can be changed free of charge up to 14 days before your first day of camp).


  • Days run from 8.30am to 5.15pm.
  • For children aged 4 to 14 years.
  • Book by the day or week.
  • Children get lots of fresh air fun, meet new friends and try new activities.
  • Covid secure measures in place.


Please see online for dates and activities www.ultimateactivity.co.uk or call them on 0330 111 7077.


Contact Details

If you move house, change your email address, or home / mobile telephone numbers, please inform Lesley or Katie in the Pre-Prep Office as soon as possible.  It is essential that we have your current contact details so we can contact you without delay in cases of child illness or emergencies.


Medical Records

If there are any changes in your child’s medical health, especially allergies or food restrictions, please contact Lesley or Katie in the Pre-Prep Office as soon as possible.


Useful Names & Numbers

Headmistress – Dr Carolyn Shelley – 01242 258079 / squirrels@deanclose.org.uk

Registrar – Lady Lesley Miller – 01242 258079 / squirrels@deanclose.org.uk

Administrator – Mrs Katie Miller Greatbatch – 01242 258079 / kgreatbatch@deanclose.org.uk

Bursar – Mr Adrian Bowcher – 01242 258086

Bursary – Mrs Becky Abunassar & Miss Kay Hodges – 01242 258042 / schoolbilling@deanclose.org.uk

Foundation Retail Manager – Mr Sam Taylor – 01242 258016 – shop@deanclose.org.uk

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Shelburne Road
GL51 6HE
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Tel: +44 (0)1242 258000
Fax: +44 (0)1242 258004
Email: office@deanclose.org.uk

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