Highlights of the Week

  • A View From The Bridge by Arthur Miller was performed at an exceptionally high level by our drama scholars and captivated the audiences on Wednesday and Thursday evening.
  • Community Service & Field Day was a big success with lots of constructive projects going on around the County.
  • A great win for the 1st XV against Bishop’s Wordsworth’s Grammar in the U18 National Plate Semi Final.
  • In the National Quarter Finals this week, the boys and girls U18 hockey teams had mixed fortunes, having been drawn against Repton in both competitions. On Wednesday the boys won 6-2 and on Thursday the girls lost narrowly 1-0 away from home.
  • On Friday 6 March we celebrated International Women’s Day with integrated House Assemblies and a Bake Sale to raise money for Plan International.
  • Our International Committee organised a superb Mexican themed dinner for all our overseas pupils on Saturday 29 February, which provided to be a fantastic celebration for our diverse community.



Most recent letter from the Headmaster regarding Coronavirus.


5th Form Coursework Preview

The Private View for the 5th form Personal Project Art Exhibition will be held in the BonBernard Gallery on the evening of Monday 9 March. Please feel free to pop in between 5.15 and 7pm when refreshments will be served. It is an exciting and varied exhibition showcasing the creativity and individual strengths of this talented year group.


Wilson Challenge

We are delighted to announce that the Wilson Challenge will take place on Tuesday afternoon 17 March 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)


Study Leave

5th and Upper 6th Form

Trinity 2020

Normal timetabled lessons will take place until the end of Week 3 of the Trinity Term for the 5th Form (Thursday 7 May) and Week 4 for the Upper 6th (Saturday 16 May).

From then on, there will not be any compulsory lessons but teachers will be available to support pupils’ revision and to provide help if needed.

A Level: 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.


Investigating Careers in Engineering

There are a wide number of external residential Engineering and Industrial courses and scholarships available for your Son/Daughter/Ward that you may not be aware of.

These present opportunities to experience and investigate careers in Engineering and other Industrial settings.

Links to some of them are through the following websites:




These offer insight and potential CV building opportunities for our potential young Engineers.  Feedback from previous attendees has been very positive in helping them begin their career paths.


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).


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.


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.