Highlights of the Week
This has been a week filled with so much anticipation and so much disappointment with a few highlights thrown in.
- Acoustic Night on Sunday evening provided a superb opportunity for a large number of pupils to perform their own musical compositions and covers.
- House Golf on Tuesday saw Field House retain the title, but the shot of the day went to Megan John off the first tee with her shot being closest to the pin.
Headmaster’s Year Group Talks: Friday 20 March
These videos are unlisted on our YouTube channel, but anyone with the links below should be able to view this content.
4th, Remove & L6th Form: https://youtu.be/gFYR_CaVqlE
5th Form: https://youtu.be/jPUVo7-EYy8
Upper 6th: https://youtu.be/QQnu27TvYhU
GCSE and A Level Candidates
Correct as of Friday 20 March 2020
On Friday 20 March, the Secretary of State for Education, Gavin Williamson, published further details on how this year’s GCSE and A Level candidates will be assessed. The exam boards will be providing further clarifications on the process but the framework is now clear.
- Dean Close will be asked “to submit their judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead.” We have not yet been given a list of the evidence this prediction will be based on but we do know that it will include both trial exam and non-exam assessments.
- To ensure fairness across the country, exam boards will test the reasonableness of these predictions based on other national data. In the case of A Level candidates, this will include performance at GCSE.
- GCSE and A Level results will be published at the end of July.
- If a pupil believes there are grounds for an appeal, there will be an opportunity for that.
- All pupils will also have the option of taking exams in September, but this will require them taking a year out before starting their university courses.
- Pupils will also have the option of sitting their exams in the summer of 2021.
N.B. The situation regarding IGCSEs is not yet clear due to the international nature of these exams. For Dean Close, this affects pupils studying PE, English, English Lit, PDT, Chinese, Russian, Drama & Computer Science.
The overriding message coming from the Department of Education is that they will be leaning heavily on schools to ensure that pupils’ grades are a fair reflection of the work of their pupils. Given our knowledge of our pupils and the evidence that we possess of the trajectory that they are on, if we are able to share all we know with the exam boards we are confident that the final outcome will be fair and the best option, given the circumstances.
As soon as we have more details, we will share them with you.
It would be most helpful if parents could please let us know if anyone has a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 so that we can support members of our Community appropriately.
Trinity Term Calendar
Due to the uncertainty that exists surrounding the start of the Trinity Term and the associated calendar events, we have taken the decision not to print a Trinity Term Calendar at this stage. We will send you an updated link to our online calendar when there is more clarity.
In response to the Prime Minister’s statement, advising people to avoid unnecessary social contact, including in theatres, we regret to inform you that we have no option but to close the Bacon Theatre to the public with immediate effect.
We hope to rearrange as many of the shows planned for later in the year. Similarly, all other events have to cease.
In the current state of uncertainty and while we try to re-arrange as many performance and hire dates as possible, we ask you to please bear with us concerning ticket transfers, credits and refunds. Your ticket can be transferred to a new date or to an alternative event or show. If you are unable to attend the rearranged date or an alternative show we will then issue a refund. Please understand that there are additional pressures on our small team at this time and we endeavour to assist as quickly as we can.
The priority of the Bacon Theatre has to be the health and welfare of its visitors & staff and we thank you for your understanding. We thank you also for your support in the past and we look forward to seeing you again in the hopefully not-too-distant future.
In response to the Prime Minister’s statement, advising people to avoid unnecessary social contact, the Dean Close Foundation has decided to operate a ‘core business only’ policy, which means public facing events and non-essential gatherings of people, including the activity of Commercial Lets, will be cancelled until further notice.
Charges will not be made for cancelled hire dates. If you have already paid for the term, your account will be credited against future hire charges.
The priority of the Dean Close Foundation has to be the health and welfare of its visitors, staff and wider community and we thank you for your understanding. We will keep you informed in the coming weeks.
We also thank you for your support in the past and we look forward to seeing you again in the hopefully not-too-distant future.
Dean Close Performing Arts Summer Camp 2020
Make a Musical in a Week!
New for 2020, we are delighted to announce the launch of our new Performing Arts Summer Camp!
Monday 24th August – Saturday 29th August 2020
Six days of Drama, Song and Dance, giving students the chance to discover and develop their talents!
Led by Dean Close Prep School, Director of Drama, Lynne Lawrence & Director of Cheltenham Youth Choir, Rachel Bowen, students will rehearse towards a sparkling final production of Beauty & The Beast on Saturday 29th August, on stage in the Centenary Hall supported by the Bacon Theatre tech team.
The age range is 6 – 17 years. School Years 2 – 11 inclusive. Your child is invited to attend an informal audition at Dean Close Preparatory School on Sunday 28th June at 10am in the Drama Suite to determine some of the parts in the production. This is not compulsory and if not convenient, please be assured your child will be fully included in the production.
All children, irrespective of ability and experience, are welcome on the course. The focus will be on having fun while developing acting, singing and dancing skills. Each day will be action packed as they prepare to perform for Family & Friends at the end of the week!
To find out more, please click here.
We are pleased to announce that the Bacon Theatre has been shortlisted for Live Entertainment Venue of the Year 2020 in the SoGlos awards, as has Dean Close School for Independent School of the Year.
We would really appreciate if you could show your support by registering and voting for the Bacon Theatre and for Dean Close School.
It takes just 2 minutes to complete and you can opt to not receive any future correspondence from SoGlos – so please vote for the Bacon Theatre and Dean Close School and if possible spread the word and pass onto everyone you know to do the same.
Votes close on 30th April so please visit www.soglos.com/awards and vote now.
The Week Ahead
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