Highlights of the Week 

  • Seeing the work done by our litter picking warriors. 
  • Thopportunity to celebrate Lunar New Year with our International Boarders tonight.  
  • Our Wednesday Webinar, which this week featured the wonderfully animated Gethin Jones, who offered some sage advice about Social Media. Worth taking note from someone with 139.1k followers on Twitter! 

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 12 February 


GCSE and A-level Subject Choices 

Fourth and Fifth Form pupils were sent electronic Forms on Tuesday 9 February, to submit their GCSE and A-level choices, respectively.  Here are pdf versions of the GCSE Forms and the A-Level Forms as well as a copy of the GCSE options and the A-Level booklets.  Pupils should discuss their choices with their parents, teachers, tutor and Houseparent before returning the Form.  The deadline for submission is 6pm on Monday 22 February.   If pupils have any questions or problems with the Forms, please e-mail Mr George (ageorge@deanclose.org.uk) for GCSE choices or Mr Wilkes (mwwilkes@deanclose.org.uk) for A-level choices.   


Second Half of Term 

Returning Boarders (Critical Worker Children) 

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 lateral flow test result. 

  • Pupils will be tested on arrival when they return 21/2, as at the start of term 
  • All returning boarders will be tested in Old Gym 
  • Testing will be available between 6.00-8.00PM on Sunday 21/2, please book your test slot in advance and wait in car for result (same as start of term) 
  • Book slot via usual scheduling link: https://deanclose.youcanbook.me 


Returning Day Pupils (Critical Worker Children) 

Please email Mr Hall on ashall@deanclose.org.uk by 5.00pm on Friday 19 February if you are needing to work in school.  

All pupils will need to take a lateral flow test prior to being able to work in school. 

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. 


DCS Library Online 

Access a wide range of resources from home with https://dcslibrary.com/. Reminder: for our Online Research Kit @Home go to https://dcslibrary.com/orkathome and use the password:”Flecker1886” to access login details for our many research databases.


Healthcare Science Week  

Gloucester Royal NHS Foundation Trust is celebrating Healthcare Science Week at on March 8th – 12th and would like to give pupils the opportunity to participate in a competition.  Winners will have a chance to meet their scientists and host a live Q&A session on Facebook during Healthcare Science Week. They will be taken to specialist areas once lockdown ends and receive a healthcare science goody bag to take home. 

Task: Research a healthcare science career and design a job advert for their chosen roles. 

Entries are open for everyone. The competition will close on the 25th of February and the winners will be announced on the 1st of March 2021. Please send your entries to zsuckle@deanclose.org.uk. 


House Solo Singing Competition 

All Decanians are welcome to enter the singing competition; entries must be classical songs/arias and songs from stage shows.  The deadline for uploading entries is the end of the day on Sunday 21st February and the winners will be announced on Tuesday 2nd March. 

This is the link to all the information you need: https://cutt.ly/Lkk1qGN 

If you have any queries, please contact your singing teacher, Mrs Klemz shklemz@deanclose.org.uk or Mr Franks dafranks@deanclose.org.uk. 


Carducci Quartet Concerts 

There is an incredible lineup of world class artists performing a wide range of styles and repertoire, 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. 


Big Thank You 

On behalf of the Children’s Brain Tumour Charity Blue Skye Thinking, I would like to say a massive thank you to all of you who took the time to vote for us in the Brand the Bus campaign run by the Oxford Bus Company just before Christmas. Your votes ensured that we reached the final stage of the competition and yesterday, it was announced that Blue Skye Thinking won the competition and the opportunity to work with Oxford Bus Company to design and have full bus wrap featuring the brand colours, logo and messages. This is a really big deal for the Charity, so THANK YOU! Andrew Hall, Deputy Headmaster 

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 25 February at 5pm. You have almost 2 weeks for this challenge!

Week 5 Glider build and Test Flight 


Cheltenham Educational Partnership 


Dean Close is acting as one of the 7 collection points around Cheltenham for laptops and tablets to be cleaned up by IT Schools Africa and redistributed to disadvantaged pupils. For more information, please click here or on the image below! 



Big String and Big Blast 

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! Further information can be found here! Please complete the google form here to express your interest in taking part.  Spaces will be confirmed by the middle of February. 


Ultimate Activity Camps 

UAC have uploaded a large number of free resources to stimulate Half Term Activity ideas for parents and children. These can be accessed HERE! 

We are really pleased to let you know that Ultimate Activity Camps have been busy planning for their welcome return to Dean Close School to run their fun, safe and engaging holiday day camps during the Easter and Summer Holidays of 2021 with added Covid-safe measures for all. 

  • Easter Dates –           Tuesday 6th to Friday 16th 2021 April 
  • Summer Dates–           Monday 19th July to Friday 27th August 2021 

Ultimate Activity Camps offer exciting holiday day camps with over 40 activities every week delivered by engaging, enthusiastic and energetic staff who will instruct and encourage every child to try new activities and make new friends – and naturally have lots of social time and fun of course! 

*Early Booking Offer 

£182 / week saving £40 off our standard rate of £222 / week 

£43 / day saving £6 per day off our standard rate of £49 / week 

Book Now to take advantage of this great offer which ends Thursday 11th March *it is possible to change dates, free of charge, 14 days before your first day on camp. 

Please visit www.ultimateactivity.co.uk for full details or you can call their friendly team on 0330 111 7077 (local rate). 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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