We were delighted to be able to come together as a small, socially distanced, community to celebrate the academic year of  2020/2021, this year.

We were unable to invite all parents to the special event, however the entire proceedings were broadcast live through streaming to the rest of the Dean Close Preparatory School community.

The occasion was marked with accounts from pupils of the year that had passed, speeches, and pupil

awards, marking the achievements of so many of our pupils in what has been an exceptionally testing year.

We were thrilled to welcome our guest speaker, Mr James Shone, the founder of the charity, I Can & I Am:

Following a 16 year teaching career and having been offered a job as Headmaster in 2012, James was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Following 27 hours of brain surgery James unfortunately lost the majority of his sight.  However, James is a man

who embodies a positive attitude to life and a determination to turn setbacks into springboards. As a teacher, this was at the heart of his pastoral message and his focus now is on spreading the messages of ‘I Can & I Am’ to as many individuals across the UK and beyond as possible.  Put simply, the heart of his charity is to inspire confidence in every individual to enable them to know who they are and what they are able to do, rather than focusing on what they can’t.


James’ message was so important and uplifting, highlighting our theme, taken from our school values, for this year’s Speech Day – Courage.


The entire event was a unique opportunity for us to come together, whether that be in person, or via live stream, after so many restrictions and missed events due to Covid-19.