Highlights of the Week

  • The Spring Concert on Sunday 9 February was a wonderful evening of high calibre musicianship, and wonderful choral expression. It truly was a Community event.
  • L6 attended the ‘What if….. Driving Awareness Presentation’ which we hope highlighted the huge responsibility everyone has as a road user.
  • The U16 boys’ National Hockey campaign came to an end on Thursday with a 2-0 defeat to Bromsgrove, but the U18s proved too strong for Canford on Tuesday winning 9-1.
  • Our newly-formed, pupil led International Committee organised a memorable Lunar New Year Celebration Music Night which was enjoyed by all.
  • The Leiths U6th pupils completed their practical exams this week and the food looked and tasted sensational.



Coronavirus / Covid-19: Update Letter from the Headmaster

Salamanca Trip: Parental letter for those attending – July 2020

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Award: 4th Form Parents Please click here for the letter to parents, for the kit list and the 20 Conditions of the Expedition.


Careers Opportunity

Interested in Medicine or Healthcare?

Gloucestershire’s Healthcare Science Week offers a range of exciting opportunities to peer behind the scenes of many healthcare and medical specialisms. Occurring throughout the week of Monday 9 – Saturday 14 March at either Gloucester Royal or Cheltenham General Hospitals, these short events are right on our doorstep.

These would be unaccompanied by staff, but we would be happy to help pupils arrange transport / travel to and from the event and support them seeking permission to miss lessons, but pupils would need to book promptly as places are going fast (we would recommend booking even if you were only partly sure, as you should be able to give suitable notice to cancel).

Discuss with your parents, and book using this link. You will then need to seek permission from Ms Donaldson & Mr Hall. Let Mr Suckle know what you have signed up for, so that he can assist with this.

Land For Tree Planting

The Dean Close School environment team are currently exploring ways for to reduce our carbon footprint. In addition to other initiatives surround re-use and recycle, we are very interested in developing a tree planting programme. This would be used to offset our transport for general use and particularly for overseas trips.

The idea is that if a group is going on an overseas trip, they would calculate the carbon generated by the air travel plant some trees to offset this. The attraction being that pupils would be directly involved and aware of their responsibilities. The problem is that there is no obvious area at Dean Close to commit to a tree planting programme. We would love to hear from anyone in our community who lives locally and who has a piece of land that might be fit for this purpose. If you would be willing to explore this further with the team, please contact the Headmaster’s PA, Jane Bond, at jebond@deanclose.org.uk.


Exeat Weekend – 7th & 8th March

To support our overseas boarders who find it difficult to manage the logistics of exeat weekends, there is an option to remain under the care of the school for the forthcoming exeat weekend. The itinerary is as follows:

Friday night – Normal prep and overnight accommodation in school.

Saturday morning – Brunch and then travel to Bristol.

Saturday afternoon – Check into hotel and visit the city.

Saturday evening – Dinner and Cinema followed by overnight accommodation in a city centre hotel, wth staff supervision.

Sunday – Return to Dean Close for lunch and an afternoon of study in the library or time to relax in one of the house common rooms.

The cost of the weekend will be £100 and any parents/guardians who would like to take up this offer must confirm with Mrs Karen Evans, in the Front Office, by 12pm on Wednesday 26th February.


Community Evensong

Thursday 19 March, 5.30pm

The music at this service will be led by Chapel Choir alongside the boy choristers and men of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum. Evensong will end at approximately 6.15pm.  Parents and other supporters are most welcome to join us for this service.

If you have any queries about either of these occasions, please do not hesitate to contact me (sabell@deanclose.org.uk) or Sylvia Klemz (shklemz@deanclose.org.uk).


OD Shooting Day

Join Old Decanians, Staff, Current & Past Parents for a day of shooting and tuition at Ian Coley Sporting, Cheltenham. Limited spaces available! Please click here for more information or to book.


Easter Revision Course 2020

Our ERC 2020 dates are: Wednesday 15th April – Sunday 19th April (with residential students arriving on the evening of Tuesday 14th April).

All subjects are organised and taught by a team of highly qualified and experienced tutors, to maximise students’ performance in their summer examinations. With small class sizes, quality time is guaranteed for each student.

Places are available on a residential or non-residential basis and alongside their intensive study programmes, Easter revision students have access to the school’s sporting facilities. Residential students will be accommodated in one of our School Boarding Houses.

For residential Dean Close pupils, we are offering an extra night of accommodation on the course on Sunday 19th April. This means that pupils can stay at Dean Close between the end of the course and the start of the Trinity Term on 20th April.

If you would like to register a place for your child on the course, please click here.

For further information, you can download our 2020 Course Brochure

If you would like to discuss the course in more detail, please contact Lydia Day, Commercial Operations Manager on:

E: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk

T: 01242 267431


Ultimate Activity Camps

Ultimate Activity Camps will again be running their fun and engaging holiday programmes at Dean Close School during The Easter and Summer holidays and also October half term this 2020. Ultimate Activity Camps work with some of the best independent schools in the country and have a strong reputation for quality holiday programmes.

Easter Holiday dates are: 6th – 9th April and 14th -17th April.

Summer Holiday dates are: 13th July – 21st August

October Half Term dates: 26th – 30th October

  • Days run from 8:30am until 5:15pm
  • For children aged 4-14 years
  • Book by the day or week,
  • Children get Some Fresh Air Fun,
  • Meet New Friends and Try New Activities!

Early Booking Offer

£174 / week saving £40 off our standard rate of £214 / week

£41 / day saving £6 per day off our standard rate of £47 / week

Book Now to take advantage of this great offer which ends 10th March *it is possible to change dates, free of charge, 14 days before your first day on camp.

See their website for full details of their activities and offers www.ultimateactivity.co.uk or call their friendly and helpful customer service team on 0330 111 7077


Parents’ Tennis

We would like to promote the availability in the Beginner’s Group, which runs weekly in term time on Mondays, from 8.30-9.30am with Tom Harris. If you haven’t picked up a racket before and would like to give Tennis a try or are a little rusty and want to ease back into your game, then why not come along to the sessions…you could start after the Feb half term!

Don’t forget we also run Cardio Tennis each Wednesday in term time, from 9am – 9.45am, which you can just come along to each week and is taken by either Jason Poole or Tom Harris.

All sessions take place on the Shelburne courts near the School Sports Hall.

If you would like further details or would like to book onto the sessions, please contact Lydia Day on: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk or call

01242 267431.


The Week Ahead

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website 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:


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