Highlights of the Week:

    • The Remove Art trip offered a great opportunity for these young artists to explore the fascinating Pitt Rivers Museum in Oxford.
    • The whole school was involved in celebrating the European Day of Languages on Wednesday.
    • U16 Girls’ Netball team won the County Championships on Tuesday and go through the Regional Finals to be played in Bournemouth next term.
    • 1st XV Rugby team got their National Cup campaign off to a good start with a 43-0 victory over Abingdon on Wednesday, while the U15 side lost their opening match to Cheltenham College.

Important Letters

6th Form – Uganda Trip 2019 Launch Letter


On Saturday 29 September, we hold the annual House Singing Competition in the Bacon Theatre starting at 7.15pm. Due the fact that it is a whole school event, there is unfortunately no space for any additional spectators. The theme for this year’s unison songs is ‘Songs from the 60’s’. We are expecting the programme to finish at around 9.15pm, and day parents are able to collect their sons and daughters thereafter. Supper has been ordered in the Dining Hall for those Day pupils who indicated that they would be in school.

Parent Portal & iSAMS Parents App

Please see attached, the detailed instructions for logging into the Parent Portal and subsequent use of the iSAMS Parent App. This gives instant access from your mobile device to a great deal of information about your child’s daily activities at school including their timetable, reports and sanctions, if they have any. If you are a new parent to Dean Close and have not received an email detailing your Registration details to the Parent Portal, which looks like the attached document, then do please contact our Database Manager on hedaly@deanclose.org.uk. For existing parents, please use your normal login details associated with your Parent Portal Account.


Our next Open Morning is on Saturday 13 October 2018 and we invite existing and prospective parents to come along.

Irina Krasotina in Concert

We are delighted to welcome international pianist, Irina Krasotina, to Dean Close School. During the course of the week there are a number of opportunities to hear her play:

  • Monday 1 October at 1.30pm in Centenary Hall: Recital with the Carducci Quartet
  • Friday 5 October at 6.00pm in Prince Michael Hall

She will also be giving a masterclass to some of our most advanced pianists on Thursday the 4th. Please see below for further details.

James Shone: ‘I Can I Am’

Wednesday 10 October 2019 at 7.00pm with refreshments available from 6.30pm. The Headmaster warmly invites you to a talk by inspirational speaker and Founder of ‘I Can I Am’. James was appointed as a headmaster in 2012. During a medical assessment, a brain tumour was discovered. Over the coming months James underwent two massive operations spending eleven weeks in hospital. The operations ultimately saved his life, but took away most of his sight. James had to relinquish a dream job, undergo radiotherapy and set off on his future with no job, no sight and diminished hope.  James’ story is one of determination, courage and positivity. James is a friend of Dean Close School and an inspiring speaker who we would warmly recommend to you.  If you would be interested in joining other members of the Parents’ Society for what is set to be an excellent evening, could I ask you to please contact the Headmaster’s PA Jane Bond (jebond@deanclose.org.uk) so that we can gauge the size of venue we require for this event. Venue is to be confirmed once we have a clearer idea of numbers. 

Equestrian Partnership

It is with much excitement that the Dean Close is able to announce a new partnership with Highnam Court Equine. The stunning new facility, run by Jasmine Head, an Old Decanian and International Show Jumper, is set in 50 acres of the stunning secure grounds of Highnam Court and the equestrian facilities on offer are second to none. For further information, please follow this link: https://www.deanclose.org.uk/dean-close-equestrian-in-partnership-with-highnam-court-equine/

Bacon Theatre Alcohol Policy

For all Dean Close School events, we will now only be serving beer, wine, cider and soft drinks behind the bar. No spirits will be served. This is due to the fact that Dean Close pupils should not be served spirits even if they are over 18.

Michaelmas Term 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: https://scheduler.deanclose.org.uk/ical/UUE-09347e55-83f9-4bc5-9b51-d3b17a15ebe4?everything Term dates for rest of the academic year can be found by following this LINK.

The Week Ahead

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. If you have any queries or comments, please contact rerichards@deanclose.org.uk.