Highlights of the Holidays:

  • The Ski Trip went off very successfully, do look out for more details on the School’s website under the News section.
  • Fantastic to see ODs Salim Jaffar and Stephen Whitford singing in the King’s College Cambridge Choir on the BBC over the Christmas season.
  • The Hockey and Netball pre-season training is underway and we wish them both a successful term.

REMINDER: GCSE Mock Examinations: Tuesday 9 to Saturday 20 January 2018

Please follow the links to view the GCSE Mock Examination timetableand guidelines for pupils. Any queries in this regard can be directed to our Examinations Officer Dr Bradley at mbradley@deanclose.org.uk.

Fifth Form pupils will be coming out of lessons to sit GCSE trials in the Old Gym. During this period, they will be on a study leave: Day Pupils only need to be in for the trials, while Boarders are expected to work in Houses. Meanwhile, all pupils in sports teams are expected to meet their games commitments, and any extra-curricular lessons need to be arranged around the trials. Exam timetables have been issued via Houses to the pupils before the end of the Michaelmas term along with exam regulations.These timetables are also accessible on the iSAMS App. Please contact Dr Bradley on mbradley@deanclose.org.uk as soon as possible if you spot any mistakes or your child has a planned absence during the trial period.

6th FORM Uniform Expectations

At the end of last term, we took the opportunity to reiterate our Uniform regulations for the 6th Form and we are hoping that this has been digested, because a number of the 6th Form are still struggling to conform with uniform expectations. A disproportionate amount of House master/mistress time is taken up with ‘policing’ the clothing the 6th Form is wearing which would be much better spent in other areas. Could you please ensure that the clothing your 6th Form charge returns with next week follows the rules outlined below. Full uniform guidance can be found in the Handbook for Parents or on the website.

  • Suits for both boys and girls should be tailored and in a dark colour. The light blue and grey suits or those with very distinctive patterns that have appeared in recent months are not suitable for school.
  • Trousers for both boys and girls should be full length. This means touching the tops of shoes and not ending at the ankle or higher. Dark coloured socks should be worn.
  • Skirts should be to the knee and not be so tight that they ride up as the wearer is walking.
  • Shirts for both boys and girls should be in a light colour. Dark shirts or those with distinctive check or other patterns are not part of the uniform regulations.

As a school we have done our utmost to avoid interrupting lesson times in order to enforce uniform regulations. However from the start of this new term, 6th Formers may well be sent away from school in order to change into correct attire so that the majority are not penalised for the infringements of the minority. If you have any questions in this regards please contact Mrs Davis on jadavis@deanclose.org.uk.

The Week Ahead

The calendar has been opened up so that you can view events until the end of March. We do hope that this is useful ahead of receiving the printed version in the coming few days.

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar.

If you have any queries or comments, please contact rerichards@deanclose.org.uk.