Swimming Notice

Due to mechanical issues with the pool, there will be no swimming on Saturday 11th Sept for Year 3, 4 & 5. Apologies for any inconvenience this may have caused.

DCPS Senior Production Michaelmas 2021

We have been fortunate enough to be granted special permission by Michael Morpurgo’s agent and publisher to adapt his amazing novel ‘An Elephant in the Garden’ for the stage. This thought-provoking, moving and uplifting story set in Dresden during WWII, is based on a remarkable true story. A departure from our usual offering of a big musical, this will be an adventure into story-telling, physical theatre and ensemble acting. It is also an opportunity for much cross-curricular collaboration with our English, History, Music, Art and DT departments.

Auditions for all pupils in Years 6,7 & 8 are well underway and a cast list will be made available in the next couple of days. Rehearsals will commence next week and a detailed rehearsal timetable for the term will be made available. This production promises to be a challenging, interesting and exciting opportunity for the whole cast, all of whom will be responsible for communicating the journey and resilience of a German family during a turbulent time in history. There was indeed an elephant in a garden – come along to witness this for yourselves on 1st, 2nd or 3rd December!


Scholarship Evening and Curriculum Evening

Next week we will be hosting two Curriculum Evenings and a Scholarship Evening. The Curriculum Evenings give us a chance to disseminate important academic information and parents and guardians the opportunity to get to know staff better and put a friendly face to a name.

Curriculum Evening

The Scholarship Evening is aimed at parents/guardians who would like to know more about the scholarship process, both at 11+ and 13+.

Monday 13th September, 7.15 for a 7.30pm start in the DCPS Centenary Hall


  • Parents/guardians of pupils in Years 3-5


  • Short presentations about our curriculum in general
  • A chance to hear from your child’s form teacher and ask them any questions. 

Tuesday 14th September, 7.15 for a 7.30pm start in the DCPS Centenary Hall


  • Parents/guardians of pupils in Years 6-8


  • Short presentations about our curriculum in general
  • A chance to meet our Heads of Department and ask them any questions.
  • Brief workshops on AS Tracking (Mrs Hunt, Head of Pastoral) and how to access information about sporting fixtures online (Mr Sutherland, Director of Sport)

We recognise that all parents will be able to attend. Therefore, please find attached a soft copy of the Curriculum Booklet. (Information about AS Tracking and accessing information about sporting fixtures will be made available upon request.) In the booklet you will find a wealth of information regarding the academic side of life at DCPS. It covers everything from our educational philosophy to specific information on topics such as independent study and assessment. 

The second half of the booklet is devoted to topic overviews for each subject. These will give you a clear picture of what your child is studying and make it easier to discuss school if your child is not very forthcoming about what they have been up to! 

Scholarship Evening

Thursday 16th September, 7.30pm in the Centenary Hall

Audience: any parent/guardian wanting to know more about the scholarship process, but specifically aimed at those whose children are in Years 6 and 8.


  • Brief presentations on the scholarship process
  • A chance to meet Heads of Department to find out more about specific subjects

We recognise that not all parents will be able to attend and so will send out a soft copy of the scholarship booklet which covers the whole process in detail.

Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. Queries relating to your child should be directed to their tutor; queries about specific subjects should be sent to the relevant Head of Department; general enquiries about the academic side of life at DCPS should be directed to the Academic Director, Jonathan Gould.


Parents’ Meeting for Year 6-8 

Monday, 13th September – There will be a brief Pastoral ‘Catch-up’ for parents of pupils in Years 6, 7 and 8. Individual appointments can be booked with your child’s new tutor, online via Schoolcloud between 5.30pm and 6.30pm.   The booking system will open at 6pm tonight and will close at 4pm on Sunday. The booking details are attached and if you have any issues with logging on, please contact isams@deanclose.org.uk.

Year 5 Trip

There is a Year 5 trip to Mary Arden’s Farm coming up in a few weeks’ time. Due to numbers, the year group will be split in 2 and to best suit the pupils’ timetabling, they year will be split as follows:

On Mon 27th Sep, 5PW and those in Yeaman and Deacon who are in 5LB will go.

On Mon 4th Oct, 5JS and those in Oaksey and Wilton who are in 5LB will go.

Please can the children come in dressed as someone from the Tudor time (monarch or peasant, courtier or actor – whatever they fancy!) for the day that their group goes on the trip. It does not have to be expensive or elaborate but it is fun for them to get into the spirit of the day. They will also need their water bottles.

Any questions, please get in touch with the Year 5 teachers.


Activities will begin Monday 13th September.  The list will be shared with pupils and pinned up in Rickerby for the children to see. Please note that due to large numbers, Gym will now be split into two groups on Tuesday lunchtimes, as will Hockey on Fridays, with the groups alternating. The Hockey Groups are found here.   The Gym Club groups can be found here.  With a very few exceptions, such as Textiles club, which has had to be cancelled, if your child signed up for a club, they will be doing it.
The Selection Form will be closed tonight at 7pm and the list will be in Rickerby on Monday morning.

Friday Challenge

Our exciting programme of alternative learning starts up again next week. The Friday Challenge is a lesson each week when we learn unusual or different things in unusual ways. For example, we have geology, Arabic, German, Business Skills, Growth Mindset, Theatre Luvvies….Usually we ask the children to choose a Challenge after having heard a presentation. This year the pupils will be allocated a Challenge for a term, to enable them to engage with the concept more deeply. In addition, all Challenges are tied to our Foundation Values: this term the theme is Love.

Music Lessons  

A folder of Music Lesson timetables can be accessed via this link.   

Music Lesson Timetables Michaelmas 2021 

They show the date of the first Monday in each week at the top.  

The day of the week of the lesson is given with the time e.g Th 9.00am (Thursday 9.00am) 

For the first week new pupils will be collected from their classroom if they are unsure where to come, but if they can manage to come to Hardy on their own at the correct time, this will be excellent in developing their independence. Pupils should arrive at their music lesson for the start of the time given. 

If you have any questions regarding Music Lessons please email dcpsmusic@deanclose.org.uk .   Information regarding starting an instrument in January will be sent in Hermes in a few weeks time. 

Year 8 Letter to Parents