In case you missed them: 

Pupils: Letter from the Headmaster

Parents: Letter from the Headmaster

Test and Trace Information

Please don’t hesitate to make contact with the School if you have any questions. We will be constantly reviewing and updating information, and as such pupils must check their school email accounts on a daily basis. 



Start of Term 

Returning Boarders (Critical Worker Children) 

Please refer to the letter which you received separately from the Headmaster. This has details about booking your Covid-19 Lateral Flow Test in conjunction with your planned arrival time back in school. Please note that no-one is allowed to return directly to the Boarding House before being tested. You are only allowed to return to the Boarding House once you have been cleared by the Medical Team following a negative test result. 

Returning Day Pupils (Critical Worker Children) 

Please report to the Railway Court Car Park on Tuesday 12 January at 7.50am. This is behind the Day House Village, which can be accessed via the Estates Drive from Hatherley Road. 

The pupil should make their way to the Old Gym via the Swimming Pool corridor on their own. Younger pupils may be accompanied to the door by an adult. All pupils should be wearing face masks. 

Trained staff will observe / help administer the throat and nose swab which is an integral part of the test. 

This will then be processed by other staff in the Old Gym and the result will be known in 20 – 30 minutes. Pupils must wait in the car for the result. 

Remote Learners 

Registration will take place in your Michaelmas 2020 Houses at 8.20am (UTC +0) on Tuesday 12 January. Please see the timetable for Tuesday outlined below. 

Tuesday 12 January 

8.20am All Pupils register in Tree Houses 

8.30am House Assemblies in Michaelmas 2020 Tree Houses – Live on Teams

9.00am Headmaster’s Assembly – Live Stream (Link will be sent to your school email account)

9.40am  Lessons begin on Teams: Week C – Tuesday Period 2 

10.35am Week C – Tuesday Period 3 

11.20am Break 

11.40am Week C – Tuesday Period 4 

12.35pm Week C – Tuesday Period 5 

1.20pm Lunch 

2.15pm Activity Slot 1 – Live Exercise & Fitness / Other Activities (Link will be sent to your school email account)

3.15pm Activity Slot 2 

4.30pm Activity Slot 3 

Please note that the new lockdown timetable will be published on iSAMS by Sunday 10 January at 7pm. The Weeks are named C and D, and we will start with Week C. 


Physical Exercise 

There will be a plethora of opportunity for pupils to engage in physical activity in the coming weeks. The scientific evidence supporting the benefits of physical activity is well documented. For further information, this Ted Talk by neuroscientist Wendy Suzuki may be of interest. 

Wendy Suzuki: The brain-changing benefits of exercise


Cheltenham Educational Partnership 

VOCES8 in Concert: 26 January 2021 

In this exclusive live concert, VOCES8 will take students on an aural tour through six centuries of choral music from early Renaissance polyphony to newly commissioned works. Following the concert the singers will answer pupils’ questions, submitted via an online chat feature on the hosting platform, Vimeo. Dean Close Music Department will securely collate contact details for attendees and will email a link with login-in details on the morning of the event. To book a place, or to find out more please email 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

If you have any queries or comments, please contact