A message from The Warden, Emma Taylor

Thank you for your support this half of term and for your patience on the question of what fee rebate might be possible. As Warden of the Dean Close Foundation, I will write to all parents once the government has announced its plans on February 22nd letting you know what fee rebate we are able to give to those who are not currently able to be at school. In the meantime, please be assured that the Trustees are aware of the pressures on parents and are sympathetic to their concerns.


AS Tracking Assessment 

In the week immediately after half term, all pupils will sit their second AS Tracking assessment, as would be the case if we were in school normally.  The assessment will be taken during pupils’ Computing lesson, led by Miss Rubringer. Pupils will have watched an introductory video about AS Tracking during a tutor time this week, so will have been reminded about the format and language used.

In order to run the assessment remotely, all pupils will need to use a unique login code.


For Yrs 6 – 8, pupils will be sent an email from their tutor with their code on the morning of their assessment.

For Yrs 3 – 5, pupils will be sent an email from their tutor the day before their assessment.


It would be very helpful if parents of Junior Form pupils could check that their son/daughter is ready for this particular lesson since it will be more difficult than normal to manage a large group and deal with specific technical issues remotely.


Computing Lessons Wk 6 after half term
Monday 21.2 7E 4GW 4JF
Tuesday 22.2 5PW 8D 8N 6D
Wednesday 23.2 5PW 7N 3SR
Thursday 24.2 7D 8A 3AE 8E
Friday 25.2 6Y 5LB


If you have any queries about the assessment, please contact Mrs Hunt (alhunt@deanclose.org.uk).

Safer Internet Day – Online safety

Our local liaison officer PC Candice Palmer, who has been in to the speak to the children in the past, sent us this very useful Safety at home advice pack for parents to use:

Online Safety Packs


Carducci Quartet in Concert : Live from London Spring Festival 

We would like to point you in the direction of a wonderful concert series taking place in the upcoming weeks online. There is an incredible line-up of world class artists, including our very own quartet in residence, the Carducci Quartet, performing a wide variety of styles over a series of concerts.

Singers who recently had the chance to listen to the Voces 8 concert will be pleased to know that it is a Voces 8 organised festival and they will be performing with the Carducci Quartet in one of the concerts.

Alongside the high quality of performances, the Festival is very much about solidarity between musicians in this challenging time, as the proceeds will be used to support musicians, and fund education and diversity projects. Do please support this initiative by clicking on the link below for tickets:



Please see the documents attached below for more information on the following:

  • DCPS Parent FAQs – Feb 2021 – for an update on minor changes after half term
  • 1-to-1 Information sheet (2) – further an update on the school technology device roll out
  • DCPS Parent FAQs on the 1-to-1 Scheme – for some further information on technology in the classroom
  • DCPS Family Fun Activities – for some fun ideas for half term from Lockdown 1
  • Effort grades descriptor – for the key to your child’s effort grades