Highlights of the Week 

  • Our World Book Day celebrations, see below for more detail.
  • House Singing Competition results.
  • Our Wednesday Webinar, which this week featured Sam Warburton, former Wales and British & Irish Lions Captain who spoke about the importance of developing positive habits and having perspective. 

Please don’t hesitate to make contact with the School if you have any questions.  Pupils must be encouraged to check their school email accounts on a daily basis.  



Essential Reading: School Re-opening – Monday 8 March

Testing: Information about Testing on School Site

Public Examinations 2021: FAQs

Shelburne Road – Monday 8 March 

Due to essential repair work and investigation, the Highways Agency have stipulated that there is No Parking allowed on Shelburne Road on Monday 8 March. 

Chapel Service: Wednesday 3 March 

Headmaster’s AssemblyFriday 5 March 


World Book Day 2021 

On Thursday, we celebrated World Book Day with a reading of our Feature Story: The Lottery, narrated by Dean Close pupils and published in instalments throughout the day (available here), and our Big Book Kahoot Quiz, played, of course, for our traditional prize – a tray of Krispy Kremes! Well done to Ben Q for only missing one answer and the ultimate win. 


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. 


IWD 2021 

Monday 8 March 

This week we will be celebrating International Women’s Day with a number of events going on including welcoming guest speaker Anna McLean on Wednesday at 4.15pm. Please keep an eye out for all the relevant events which will be emailed to you during the course of the week. 


Seasons of Love 

Cantate (Fourth Form Choir) 

The Fourth Form Girls’ Choir, have put together a virtual performance of ‘Seasons of Love’, directed by Mr Sawyer. 

The song comes from the musical ‘Rent’ by Jonathan Larsen, written in 1996. With it coming to a year since the first lockdown of the Covid-19 pandemic, ‘Seasons of Love’ was chosen because the sentiments of the song were mirrored in the efforts that have had to put in to maintain a sense of community and togetherness whilst being forced to stay apart. Enjoy! 

House Music Competition – Instrumental Classes 

Timescales are tight for entering, recording and uploading entries to this year’s online Instrumental Competition, so all pupils who wish to enter must read the attached information and discuss their entry with their teacher as soon as possible.  Please complete the entry form by Wednesday 10 March and submit your recording by Wednesday 17 March.  The winners will be announced on Wednesday 24 March. 

Please read the attached information, which includes a link to the entry form. 


Easter Quarantine and Settling In 

9-19 April 2021 

Ahead of the start of the new Term on Tuesday 20 April, we are pleased to be able to offer a Quarantine and Settling-In Programme for all our Overseas Pupils. Recent guidance allows schools to quarantine pupils from all countries including so-called redlist countries. Please see below for further details. 



Jaguar Land Rover Virtual Work Experience  

8th to 19th March 

Jaguar Land Rover is committed to raising awareness of the variety of career opportunities for females within the automotive sector.  As part of this commitment, they are offering a 2week virtual work experience programme for young females and non-binary students in years 10 – 13. Follow this link to register. 


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! 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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