Highlights of the Week 

  • Welcoming back our pupils to school this week. 
  • Hearing their laughter. 
  • International Women’s Day Assemblies led by our Upper 6th pupils. 
  • The efficiency of our fantastic Health Centre team and their amazing team of volunteers. 
  • Hearing Music emanating from the Music School throughout the day. 
  • Our IWD guest speaker Anna McLean and her story of Love, Courage and Contribution. 

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.  



All pupils will be issued with their home testing kits following their final round of testing in school on Monday 15 March. 

Home Testing Covid-19: How to Guide

Home Testing Covid-19: Registering your Test Result

Public Examinations 2021: FAQs


IWD Assembly 

We are grateful to our Upper 6th pupils who initiated and led this week’s Year Group Assemblies. They had a powerful message to share, the SLIDES and content of which can be found here! 


Lower Sixth Parents’ Meetings 

Thursday 25 March, 5.00-7.00 pm and Friday 26 March 12.30-1.30pm  

The Parents’ Meetings for parents and guardians of Lower Sixth pupils are on Thursday 25/03/21, 5-7 pm, and Friday 26/03/21, 12.30-1.30 pm.  The Thursday meeting is the main meeting, while the Friday meeting is reserved for overseas parents/guardians.  Both 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 a tutor, 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 Houseparent, please email them directly.  

The booking for appointments is open and closes at 6pm on Wednesday, 24/03/21. 

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


GCSE and A-Level Trials 

GCSE: Tuesday 20 to Friday 30 April 

A-LevelTuesday 20 to Saturday 24 April 

The trials take place in the first two weeks after the Easter holiday.  The timetable for GCSE and A-level trials is available to view on the iStudent and iParent Apps (but not on the Portals).  There is no study leave for these trials, so Fifth Form pupils will attend workrooms and Upper Sixth pupils will study in Houses when not sitting an exam.  Please note there are trials on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, and pupils are not expected to do Games on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  If there is any error or you know of any authorised absence during the trials, please email Dr Bradley asap.    


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. 


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. 


The HUB – An Interview with Clare Williams 

Wednesday 17 March, 5.15pm 

Clare is the founder of ‘Get Real’, a Christian apologetics organisation which addresses questions about Christianity, particularly from the black community.  She has a degree in English Literature and Language from Oxford University, and she also completed postgraduate training in theology at Wycliffe Hall.  Clare is pursuing a second Masters in Culture, Diaspora and Ethnicity at Birbeck, University of London and she enjoys engaging with questions of culture, truth, identity and the gospel.  

The Zoom link will be sent out next week! 


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! 



The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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