Highlights of the Week

  • Outstanding individual artwork in the 5th Form GCSE Art Exhibition.
  • A superb win for the U18 Boys against Whitgift in the National semi-final on Wednesday. They are due to play the National Final on Thursday 19 March at Lee Valley.
  • The boys’ U14 hockey team played some superb hockey in the West Finals played at Millfield, losing on penalty strokes in the semi-final.
  • The Upper 6th Leiths pupils completed their final Theory Exam.
  • The Classical Association enjoyed a talk on Aristophanes and Greek Tragedy on Thursday evening.
  • The U16 Sevens Rugby squad won their group at the County 7s competition this week.
  • The swimmers set new personal bests at the Bath & Otter Cup National event at the Olympic Pool in London on Friday 13th. The girls won their freestyle heat and the boys qualified as 1st reserve for the freestyle final and came 7th in the Medley final which is a superb result.



Letter from the Headmaster: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Headmaster’s Assembly: Friday 13 March – Slides are available here!

These videos are unlisted on our YouTube channel, but anyone with the links below should be able to view this content.

Part 1: https://youtu.be/R3KpTHVx_bQ

Part 2: https://youtu.be/T7CTruL8EPk

Outdoor Education: 4th Form Expeditions


Drama Production: Our Town

Friday 20 & Saturday 21 March


It is with great regret that due to the current Coronavirus outbreak, we have taken the decision to postpone the production of Our Town due to the indication that events with larger audiences pose a higher risk to our Community. We are mindful of the enormous amount of work that has gone into this production and as such we will be seeking to reschedule this for later in the year, the date for which will be circulated as soon as it has been set.


5th Form Art Coursework Exhibition

The 5th form Personal Project Art Exhibition in the BonBernard Gallery runs until the end of term, 27 March.  It is an exciting and varied exhibition showcasing the phenomenal 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 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.


Water Bottles

Please note that the school will not be supplying school water bottles during fixtures and tournaments until further notice. It is the responsibility of each team member to supply their own bottle to maintain hydration levels.




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 Form and Upper 6th

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.


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

Sadly this event has been CANCELLED.

The music at this service was due to be led by Chapel Choir alongside the boy choristers and men of Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum. We apologise for the inconvenience that this cancellation has caused.


Close Community Golf Day

All are welcome to join us for an exciting day of Golf, competitions and lunch at Cotswold Hills Golf Club, Cheltenham.

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


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. 


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!

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. All POSTPONEMENTS and CANCELLATIONS will be detailed on our live 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.