Highlights of the Week 

  • The Voces8 Workshop with our Musicians on Tuesday, followed by the Concert in the evening. You can catch up on the Concert HERE!  
  • The Film Society were lucky to have Director Simon West join them to talk about his career in Film. 
  • Introduction of a mid-week Yoga session to enhance our core strength and flexibility. 
  • The 5th Form Careers and Choices Workshops which have been taking place throughout the week. 
  • Our Wednesday Webinar, which this week featured Actor Charlie Dale. 

Next week’s Wednesday Webinar will be a chat with Gerard Elias, CBE QC. Gerard is a leading criminal barrister with a career spanning almost 50 years and an involvement in some of the most important cases on the Welsh Circuit. His practice since 1996 has largely been dominated by major public inquiries including the Pembrokeshire Murders and the Bloody Sunday Inquiry. This is set to be a fascinating talk, covering some of the highest profile investigations of the last 50 years.

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.  



Wednesday’s Chapel Service 

Headmaster’s Assembly: Friday 29 January 

5th & U6th Pupils and Parents: Exam Update


Remove Parents’ Meeting 

Friday 12 February, 2.00-4.00pm  

The Parents’ Meeting for parents and guardians of Remove pupils is on Friday 12 February, 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 now open and closes at 6pm on Thursday 11 February. 

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


House Solo Singing Competition 

The annual Singing Competition is going ahead this term!  Any pupil may enter – you do not need to have singing lessons in school – but entries must be of classical music or songs from a stage show. (A pop song class is included in the instrumental competition at the end of term.)   

We will publish details next week on how to enter and submit your video recording but in the meantime, start thinking about what you might sing and look for a suitable backing track.  All entries will need to be submitted by the end of half-term. 

The classes are: 

Junior – up to grade 4 

Intermediate – working for grades 5 or 6 

Senior – working for grades 7 or 8 

[NB: Not all pupils take singing exams, so these grades are a guide for the standard needed in each class.] 

Junior Songs from the Shows – 4th Form and Remove 

Senior Songs from the Shows – 5th and 6th Form 

The Song Recital Trophy for post-grade 8 singers is being deferred until the U6th is able to return to the school site – hopefully later this term. 

This is a HOUSE competition and points will be awarded at each stage of the competition – submitting an entry, being shortlisted, 1st, 2nd & 3rd places or a cup. 

Look out for the link to the entry form next week, and details of how to send in your video. 


Carducci Quartet in Concert 

There is an incredible lineup of world class artists performing a wide range of styles and repertoire in a forthcoming Festival of Music, and our very own ‘quartet in residence is thrilled to be performingThere is a particularly strong choral connection with the festival, which might be of particular interest to current pupils, parents and Old Decanians as well!  

Alongside the high quality of performance, the Festival is very much about solidarity between musicians in this incredibly challenging time as the proceeds will be used to support musicians, and fund education and diversity projects. Do please support this fantastic initiative by clicking on the link below: 



The Flecker Challenge 

Please see attached the details of the Flecker Challenge as launched by Mr HoleThis 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 4 February at 5pm. 

Week 3 Key Hole Surgery Simulator 


Cheltenham Educational Partnership 

We are thrilled to report that The Big String will be returning in 2021, and for the first time we’d like to introduce its sister project, The Big Blast! 

Scheduled as two days per project, these opportunities are open to young string, brass or wind musicians from across the county, from pre-grade 1 (grade 1 for wind and brass) to grade 8+, whether already involved in an ensemble or not.   

In partnership with Dean Close School, and taking place at The Bacon Theatre, Cheltenham, musicians will rehearse in small, socially distanced groups, culminating in group recordings that will be blended post project to produce a mass video presentation. 

Tuesday 13th & Wednesday 14th April 2021 – The Big String – for string musicians 

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th April 2021 – The Big Blast – for brass & wind musicians 

The generous support of Make Music Gloucestershire allows places to be offered for a fee of just £40 per student per project.  Due to the nature of the projects, and taking into consideration COVID regulations that may be in place at the time, PLACE ARE LIMITED! Please complete the google form here to express your interest in taking part.  Spaces will be confirmed by the middle of February. 


Engineering Opportunity 

The Smallpeice Trust are offering online education development courses in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM). You may want book early to avoid disappointment. 

Further information can be found here. Current courses are available for Remove, 5th and L6th pupils. 


The 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.