The DCPS Parent Representatives 2021-2022

We are very grateful to the following DCPS parents who have volunteered to be this year’s Parent Representatives in each school year group. They have agreed to have their contact details shared and parents are welcome to contact them directly with any school related queries they might have. This also offers an opportunity for parents to engage with each other and to be better informed about sporting, social and business activities that are open to Dean Close parents. The Reps also provide a useful support service for new parents and are available to help them negotiate school and be a welcoming point of contact.  We are very grateful for the work they do throughout the year.


Parent Rep Email Contact
Year 3 Irene Haigh
Year 4 Gillian Taylor
Year 5

Sally Beaumont

Rachel Lely

Year 6 Rachel Brierley-Jones 07852 220040
Year 7 Victoria Latimer
Year 8

Diane Darbyshire

Nicola Mossop

Boarders Rebecca Cansdale


Drop Off & Pick Up

Thank you for your care in dropping off and picking your children up.

We would like to remind you of the following:

  • The speed limit in the school grounds is five miles per hour to ensure the safety of all of our community. 
  • Please take care when exiting the school gates as pedestrians may be walking on the path.
  • We strongly recommend that cars do not turn right on to the Lansdown Road. This is a very busy road and there have been several previous collisions at this point. It also can cause long delays for other members of the school community.

Lateral Flow Device Testing

The government has made it clear that one of the major ways’ schools can remain open is for pupils and staff to maintain regular Lateral Flow Device Testing, at least twice a week. We are fully expecting all pupils to continue testing twice weekly until the end of October as per Government guidance. Day pupils have been issued with testing kits to take home, whilst testing for Boarders will take place centrally in house twice a week.

Please click here to watch an instructional video for details on how to test effectively:

Please note that different brands of tests have slightly different instructions.


AS Tracking assessment for all pupils

Over the next two weeks and during Computing lessons, all pupils will take their first of two annual assessments using AS Tracking, a pastoral tracking tool we have used and benefitted from over the past five years. The link below gives further details and offers answers to questions parents often ask:

If you would prefer your child not to take part in this, please let Mrs L Hunt know ( before Monday 4th October.


U8 Rugby

Due to an outbreak of Covid at the Downs Malvern the U12B and U13B games have been postponed. The teams will have training as normal.


Threadworm Cases

There is at least one active case of threadworm amongst DCPS pupils. This is treatable but is also very contagious. As per NHS advice, simple hygiene steps are needed to keep this at bay and it is not a reason for pupils to stay off school. Please be extra vigilant about handwashing and aware of children who may have itchy bottoms who should be referred to a pharmacist or GP ASAP. More information can be found at

What are they? Threadworms live in the bowel and around the bottom.  They are tiny white worms about half an inch long that look like threads of cotton.

Are threadworms harmful? Threadworms are generally harmless.  They can cause irritation around the bottom, which can be distressing.  Threadworms are easily treated.

What are the signs of threadworms? The most common sign is scratching around the bottom, particularly at night.  This may be associated with disturbed sleep and irritability.  The threadworms may be seen in the stools and around the bottom.  Some children show no symptoms at all.

How do they spread? Threadworm eggs may be found in house dust, they stick to clothing, carpets towels and bed linen; they can also be picked up in garden soil, on unwashed vegetable and salads or from contact with someone who already has worms.  Because the eggs are small and so widespread it is easy for them to be swallowed. When swallowed the eggs pass into the bowel where they hatch into worms.  The female threadworm lays her eggs at night around the bottom which causes the itching.  Bottom scratching means eggs stick under the fingernails which can then be transferred to the mouth by nail biting.  Eggs can be spread to other members of the family by direct contact or via food, towels and bed linen.

What should I do if I suspect threadworms? There is no reason to keep a child off school or nursery as long as the child is treated and the general hygiene measures outlined below are followed.  Effective treatment is available from the pharmacist or GP; generally, only one tablet is needed.  It is important to treat the whole family if one person develops symptoms.

How can I prevent threadworm?

  • Keep children’s nails short
  • Remind children not to bite nails or suck fingers
  • Ensure your child wears pyjamas or underpants in bed to prevent scratching
  • Bathe daily, preferably in the morning, washing thoroughly around the bottom, and keep separate towels for each family member.
  • Change clothes and bed linen regularly
  • Make sure everyone in the family is treated at the same time
  • Wash hands after each visit to the toilet, before eating and before handling food
  • Clean the toilet seat, toilet handle and door handle regularly
  • Vacuum and dust bedrooms thoroughly

Remember threadworms are very common and easily treated.  If you would like any further information, please contact the Health Centre.