Highlights of the Week

  • Fabulous dishes were prepared by the 5th Form Food, Prep and Nutrition pupils for their GCSE practical exam.
  • High level performances produced difficult decisions for the judges in the Singing Competition on Thursday evening.
  • Our 4th Form put together some superb presentations in the final of the Cheltenham Science Festival FameLab.
  • The U14 girls’ hockey team competed in the National Finals on Tuesday and acquitted themselves brilliantly in the tightest of competitions.


Letter from the Headmaster: Coronavirus (Covid-19)

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


Scholars’ Play

A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller

Wednesday 4 and Thursday 5 March

Bacon Theatre, 7.15pm

The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale. In Brooklyn, longshoreman Eddie Carbone welcomes his Sicilian cousins to the land of freedom. But when one of them falls for his beautiful niece, they discover that freedom comes at a price. Eddie’s jealous mistrust exposes a deep, unspeakable secret – one that drives him to commit the ultimate betrayal.

Don’t miss out on this mesmerising production by Dean Close’s Drama Scholars! There is no need to book or buy tickets. Just arrive on the night!

International Women’s Day

On Friday 6 March, we will be celebrating International Women’s Day in school.  An equal world is an enabled world, and so on Friday we will be encouraging all students to consider how to help forge a gender equal world by celebrating women’s achievement and challenging bias.

Pupils are encouraged to wear something purple on that day (jumper, tie, socks, hair band, tights) along with their normal school uniform.  At break time we will be raising money for Plan International (a humanitarian organisation which advances rights and equality for girls both in the UK and internationally).  Please bring some cash to buy some goodies from our bake sale. #IWD2020 #EachforEqual

(From the girls of Mead House).


Wilson Challenge

We are delighted to announce that the Wilson Challenge will take place on Tuesday afternoon, March 17 in the school Pavilion. This year’s competition is for the Latinists in the Remove through to the Upper 6th, who have been asked to address the question of the value of learning Latin in the 21st century. If you are a pupil in any of these year groups who is studying Latin, please do consider submitting an entry.




Thursday 26 March (5.45–7.00pm, Front Corridor)
The Thursday evening meeting is for parents and guardians of Lower & Upper Sixth pupils who are unable to attend Friday’s meeting, and it is by appointment only.  Please e-mail Mrs Karen Evans (office@deanclose.org.uk) by Thursday 19 March, so a list of parents can be circulated to teachers.  If you have not e-mailed us, then we cannot guarantee that relevant teachers will be available.  This meeting is being held along the front corridor, accessed from the Front of School through the door to the right of the main entrance.

Friday 27 March
12noon – 1.00pm: Dining Hall, U6 Parents’ Meeting (no appointment required)
12noon – 12.30pm: Bacon Theatre, L6 UCAS Meeting
12.30 – 1.30pm: L6 Parents’ Meeting in the Dining Hall (no appointment required)


Upper 6th Study Leave

Normal timetabled lessons will take place until the end of Week 4 of the Trinity Term

(Saturday 16 May) and study leave will begin from Monday 18 May. Between Monday 18 and Friday 23 May there will not be compulsory lessons but teachers will be available to support pupils’ revision and to provide help if needed.

As there are a number of early A Level exams this year, should an exam fall before the start of study leave, pupils will be permitted to revise at home if day pupils or in House if boarders, on the day before and morning of an exam if they wish to do so. Similarly, if they have a morning exam they are permitted to revise at home or in House the day before the exam but will be expected in lessons on the afternoon following the exam.

With the above in mind, if pupils have any A Levels before half-term, they will need to confirm their intentions either to be in lessons or at home/in House the day before an exam with their Housemasters.

Please note that all pupils are expected to attend Speech Day on Saturday 27 June.


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.


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.

*Dean Close Offering*

For residential Dean Close students, we are offering an extra nights accommodation on the course on Sunday 19th April. This means that students 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 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 Easter holidays!

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.