Highlights of the Week 

  • To see the strength of the camaraderie amongst our 70 boarders who are living and being educated here on site. 
  • The diverse range of co-curricular opportunities on offer to the pupils 
  • The first of our Wednesday Webinars, which this week featured Dr Jamie Roberts. 

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



Chapel Service: Wednesday 20 January

Headmaster’s Assembly: Friday 22 January

Fourth Form Parents’ Meeting 

Friday 29 January, 2.00-4.00pm  

The Parents’ Meeting for parents and guardians of Fourth Form pupils is on Friday 29 January, 2 – 4 pm.  All Parents’ Meetings will be conducted via video calls using Parents Evening System https://deanclose.schoolcloud.co.uk  and the instructions for booking and making video appointments are attached here.    

Each parent/guardian can book up to ten 5-minute appointments with subject teachers, and can then invite one more person (parent, guardian or pupil) to join the appointments, so a meeting can be conducted from two separate devices (smartphone or laptop).  If you are unable to make the appointments that you wish to, please contact your child’s tutor who will be able to obtain feedback from the relevant member of staff for you.  If you wish to speak to your child’s tutor or Houseparent, please e-mail them directly.  

The booking for appointments is open and closes at 6pm on Thursday 28 January. 

If you have any problems logging in or making appointments, please contact isams@deanclose.org.uk. 


The Flecker Challenge 

Please see attached the details of the Flecker Challenge as launched by Mr Hole in today’s Headmaster’s Assembly.  

This competition is designed to test your thinking beyond the set curriculum and you are being challenged to choose a subject area of your choice and complete a project set by that department.  

This will provide the opportunity for you to pursue an area of study that you’re really interested in and present your work and ideas in an imaginative and informative way. This is to be worked on mostly outside of lesson time in the first half of this term and to be completed by Monday 22 February, the first day after half term. 


Weekly PDT Challenge 

The PDT Department are running a weekly challenge. There are categories for best Junior (4th & Remove) and best Senior (5th & 6th Form). Please email your responses to this week’s challenge to Mr Evans at ddevans@deanclose.org.uk by Thursday 28 January at 5pm. 

Week 2 Parachute Challenge 


Confirmation Classes 

In the spirit of ‘planning for the worst and hoping for the best’, all parents/ guardians who have a son or daughter who would be interested in getting confirmed are asked to email the Chaplain at jcash@deanclose.org.uk. All being clear we would hope to have the service on Wednesday 12 May at 1800 in Chapel, but of course this remains firmly provisional at this stage. The confirmation study group will be formed over the second half of this term and will proceed online if current restrictions remain. 



This term, The Music Department continues to offer a full programme of instrumental groups, choirs and music clubs (please see list attached). If your son / daughter already participates in a group, they should have been contacted by their group leader confirming details of the club and giving a web link to their online rehearsal. If you have any questions, or if your son / daughter isn’t yet in a group and would like to get involved, please contact Mrs. Klemz at shklemz@deanclose.org.uk or Mr. Franks at dafranks@deanclose.org.uk. 



WEDNESDAY 3 FEBRUARY, 6.00-9.00pm 

We are pleased to invite you to our RAF Learn Live event taking place on Wednesday 3 February from 6 – 9pm. 

Attached are the details of this live and interactive event for schools or colleges.  

You will need to register for this event prior to the start time, please use the link https://learnliveuk.com/partner/raf-careers/ on the attached poster to register.  If you do have any questions, please feel free to contact AFCOGloucester-Outreach@mod.gov.uk. 


Cheltenham Educational Partnership 

CEP New Website Launched 

Please see the attached announcement from Cheltenham Education Partnership. It brings us much joy to share the launch of the CEP website and the winners from the CEP Photography Competition 2020. 


Career Opportunities in Healthcare: 26 January, 4.45-6.00pm 

Please find attached the details for joining a talk with Victoria Steele, an expert in the field of healthcare. This is a great opportunity for pupils interested in a career in healthcare to ask questions from an industry expert. 


VOCES8 in Concert: 26 January, 7.00-8.30pm 

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 shklemz@deanclose.org.uk 


Dean Close Business Club 

Monday 8 February, 9.00am 

Parents, Pupils and friends are warmly invited to attend our online Foundation Business Club meeting on Monday 8 February. Join us to listen to Emma Taylor, Warden of the Dean Close Foundation, speak on the current effects of COVID-19 on the Dean Close Foundation. The Warden will discuss the impact for this generation of pupils, across the private and public education sector, and what the Foundation are doing to mitigate this impact. Further details can be found HERE! 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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