Highlights of the Week 

  • This week’s Drama Recital providing pupils with an opportunity to perform a short piece on the stage in front of friends ahead of next week’s LAMDA exams. 
  • The Musical Recital on Thursday saw six of our Lower 6th musicians performing for a socially distanced audience of staff and fellow pupils. 
  • Run by the Chaplaincy team, ‘Rethink’ took place this afternoon as an alternative to this year’s Lent Addresses. 
  • You can watch and listen to this evening’s Instrumental Prizewinners’ Concert, which was live streamed from 7.00pm. 



This is a reminder that we are expecting all pupils and staff to use their home testing kits twice a week as part of the National asymptomatic testing programme for school pupils. We would be really grateful if parents and guardians could support us in this process by reminding pupils to continue testingAll pupils have been issued with a set of tests. See below for details of how to perform the tests. 

Home Testing Covid-19: How to Guide

Home Testing Video 



Please note that we have made a change to our Half Term Dates in February 2022 to keep our half term dates in alignment with the local Gloucestershire schools. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please see the new dates below: 


Tuesday 11 January – Friday 25 March (12 noon) – 10 weeks 

Monday 10 January (Boarders return, 6.00pm) 
Start of Term: Tuesday 11 January  

Exeat: Friday 28 January, 4.00pm – Sunday 30 January (Provisional)  

Half Term: Friday 18 February, 4.00pm – Sunday 27 February (Boarders return, 6.00pm)  

Monday 28 February – 2nd Half of Term Begins   

End of Term: Friday 25 March, 12 noon  


4th Form: Bronze D of E Assessment Dates 

We will be running the 4th form Bronze D of E assessment from Monday 28th to Tuesday the 29th of June. Students will need to come to school for normal registration time dressed for D of E with rucksacks packed and ready to go on Monday the 28th. Pick up will be from the sports hall at 5pm on Tuesday the 29th. Please direct any D of E questions to Mrs Beecham: rbeecham@deanclose.org.uk or expedition and equipment questions to Mr Beecham: adventure@deanclose.org.uk 


Return to Sports Fixtures 

Saturday 8 May 

We are delighted that we are returning to inter-school matches starting tomorrowSadly, the cricket fixtures have been called off early due to the weather forecast, but we are hoping that the tennis fixtures might still go ahead.  

Please see below, instructions on how to access the details of our fixtures using SOCS. Unfortunately, we are not able to welcome spectators on site at this point in time, but we are very much hoping to be able to do so before the end of the term. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Baber-Williams on gnbaber-williams@deanclose.org.uk  

MiSOCS Co-curricular 

  • Games commitments  
  • Fixtures 
  • Activities 


  1. Select the ‘Parent’ tab 
  2. Select ‘Activate Account’ 
  3. Enter the email address you have registered with the school and click ‘Activate’ 
  4. An email will be sent to your email account held by the school.

Speech Day

  • This will take place on Saturday 26 June  
  • Below is the outline of what we are planning, but Government Guidance will determine the number of people we will be able to accommodate on site during the course of the day 
  • Further detail will be published next week. 
Leavers’ Service (Upper 6th & 5th Form Leavers, Parents and Choir only): Chapel  
Buffet in Dining Hall (Pupils, Parents, Staff)  
Leavers’ Photograph   
Speeches & Prize-Giving: Marquee (Whole School)
Tea, Pimms & Strawberries in Houses 
Leavers’ Ball  


End of Term  

The end of term provides an opportunity for us to things slightly differently and engage in some of those things that we have missed so much over the past 12 months. Please follow this link to the DRAFT programme for the 2nd Half of the Trinity Term. 


Cricket Coaching 

Dean Close is proud to offer a range of 8 week Cricket Specialist Programmes on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings commencing 18 May 2021 run by our very own Director Cricket Mike Powell (ECB 4, former Glamorgan CCC and Kent CCC) in partnership with GECKO cricket.  

The sessions are open to everyone aged 8-18, not just Dean Close pupils and all abilities are catered for.  

You can book using the click through below or you can book in person by calling or emailing Ryan Higgins on 07969 997303: ryan@geckocricket.com 

The link to book – https://geckocricket.com/product/specialist-cricket-camps/ 


Cricket, Tennis, Strength & Conditioning 1:1s  

We are delighted to be able to resume our sports 1:1s when we return in the Trinity Term. Please do contact Mrs Gore in the Sports Department if you have any queries or would like to enquire about 1:1s. 



Dean Close Services: Parents Tennis Programme 

At the start of this Trinity term, we were delighted that we could restart our Parents Tennis programme and it has been a pleasure to see parents back on court playing together in the spring sunshine – roll on more of this!  

We have spaces available in our Wednesday Cardio, Thursday Intermediate and Friday Advanced lessons and would love to welcome lots of newcomers to any of these sessions.  

Tennis sessions take place each week in term time, at the following times:  

Wednesday Cardio Tennis: 8.45am-9.30am 

Thursday Intermediate Tennis: 8.30am-9.30am 

Friday Advanced Tennis: 8.30am-9.30am 

We are looking at bringing back Monday Beginners Tennis, so if you are new and/or wanting to give Tennis a go, please get in touch!  

If you are interested in any of the above sessions, please register your interest with Lydia Day on: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk 


Ultimate Activity Camps  

UAC will be back at Dean Close School during the Summer Holidays,

£222 a week


Please see online for dates and activities www.ultimateactivity.co.uk or call our very friendly and helpful team on 0330 111 7077. 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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