School Historian, Charles Whitney, has completed the first ever research degree about Dean Close School. The 30,000 word thesis has taken four years and great deal of dedication to complete. The MA research degree was awarded by the University of Gloucestershire and it examined Dean Close School’s history, ethos and curriculum in the broadest sense between 1886 and 1914. It explored whether the School’s Evangelical Christian stance affected recruitment to the Armed Services during World War I, and compared those levels of commitment with other public schools. It also looked at the war through the eyes of The Decanian, and examined its role as a conduit of information between Old Decanians serving on the front line and the School.

Copies of the Thesis may be found with the Old Decanian Society, the Archives Department and in the Dean Close School Library as well as at the University.