Highlights of the Week 

  • Watching the Upper 6th boys and girls competing against each other on the Netball court on Saturday. 
  • The HUB interview with Clare Williams. 
  • The plethora of positive comments and grades in the recent set of reports. 

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.  

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 

Home Testing Covid-19: How to Guide

Home Testing Covid-19: Latest Information

Home Testing Video: Click Below

 

Calendar Amendment 

July 2021 

We have taken the decision to finish the Trinity Term 2021 on Friday 2 July at 12noon. This means that we have brought forward our end of year celebrations to Saturday 26 June. We are very much hoping to be able to hold a whole school event, but we will be entirely led by the prevailing situation. Please see attached the 3 options that we are planning for. This will be co-ordinated with the DCPS programme, which will take place in the morning. The plan is to start the Leavers’ Service at 11.00am in the School Chapel, and finish at around 5.00pm. 

 

Lead Invigilator 

The School is looking for a Lead Invigilator to assist the Assistant Director of Studies in conducting the internal GCSE and A-Level trial exams. The post will run from Tuesday 20 April – Tuesday 4 May (all day and to include Saturday 24 April). 

Please find attached a job description for the role. 

 

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. 

 

Fifth Form: Guide to Effective Revision  

To support the vital revision phase ahead of trials and assessments, the Fifth Form attended a Revision Assembly (https://youtu.be/0eM0qH0ulj4) to help them make the most of the weeks before, during, and after, the Easter holidays. This is being followed by Revision Workshops available to all pupils over the next few days. Materials discussed (including revision plans and trackers) and presentations used can all be found at: https://dcslibrary.com/revisionkit. 

 

Outdoor Adventure: All 4th Form 

24-25 April – Save the Date 

As we plan for the unlocking of the current restrictions, we have entered into the School Calendar the proposed dates for our annual 4th Form Outdoor Expedition. For those who have signed up to the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, this counts as their training expedition and for those who have not signed up, an opportunity to explore the outdoors and enjoy an overnight camp. No specialised equipment or clothing is required for this event, apart from school sports clothing, a pair of trainers and a day backpack. 

 

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 and attached 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. 

 

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.  Your existing session time will remain in place from Tuesday 20 April unless you have been contacted directly.  Please do contact Mrs Gore in the Sports Department if you have any queries or would like to enquire about 1:1s  

ajgore@deanclose.org.uk 

 

Cheltenham Educational Partnership 

#LaptopsForLearning 

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! 

https://nclbcheltenham.org.uk/laptops-for-learning 

 

The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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