It was great to see the return of the Quarshie Club this past week, which involved the reading of Edward Albee’s ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’ hosted by the Warden in Dean Close House. The opportunity to sit and share a piece of literature in this way is fairly unique.

Dean Close House also played host to this morning’s Headmaster’s Coffee morning, which provided a relaxed environment for parents to comment, and ask questions about the School. This event has given us some very useful feedback. Thank you very much to those parents who attended.

The sports teams have been in action during the week, with the Boys’ Hockey Club putting in some very good results against Bradfield midweek, as did the girls on the Netball courts against Bloxham last weekend. Special mention must be made of the three teams who represented the School so well at the National Indoor Hockey Finals last weekend. This is an amazing achievement and I have no doubt that it will be an experience that will stay with them for a long time to come.

The site looked beautiful this morning with the clear skies and frosted grounds, and we look forward to this afternoon’s fixtures provided that the pitches and courts clear in time.

Careers – Looking into the Future

At key points in our pupils’ academic journey, we look to provide career guidance. With some big choices coming up, such as the choosing of GCSE and A Level options, January and February is a great time to explore and discuss careers and the foundations of professional development. Please see the attached document for more information about ways in which pupils can get started on this particular process.

Easter Revision Courses

Are you interested in the Dean Close Easter Revision Courses 2017 from 9th – 13th April? A Level, AS and GCSE course available. For more information on these courses, please visit our website: or email Marie Carter on: for more information. You can download the 2017 Course Brochure on the website too.
If you would be interested to find out more, you would be more than welcome to attend our Information Evening, held here in our Bacon Theatre on Wednesday 25 January at 6pm. If you would like to attend, please let Lydia Day know by the 24th January. RSVPs can be sent to:

The Brain and Memory

Old Decanian Tim Bliss (Gate, 1958) joins the Senior School for the Douglas Graham lecture in The Bacon Theatreon Thursday 2 February at 4pm. Professor Bliss was one of the winners of the 2016 Brain Prize, awarded for his outstanding contribution to neuroscience. For more information, click here.If you have a particular interest in medicine, neuroscience or allied fields, a limited number of seats are available for parents. If you would like to join us please email

Clay Pigeon Shooting 2017

Come and join Old Decanians, Current & Past Parents and Dean Close Staff at Ian Coley Sporting for a morning’s shooting and tuition on Friday 10 March. Suitable for beginners and advanced shots. £50.00 per person to include all catering, professional tuition, gun hire, cartridges, all safety equipment and a complimentary Ian Coley baseball cap!

If you are interested or have any questions, please click here or contact Connie at or call 01242 267439.

Charity Casino Night – CANCELLED

The Casino Evening which was due to take place on Saturday 4 March in aid of HCPT Group 3 has unfortunately been CANCELLED. Do please keep your eyes open for other social events which will be taking place in the future.

Business Club Networking Breakfast – Friday 3 February

This Event takes place in The Orangery of the Bacon Theatre.

Refreshments from 8am, session begins at 8.15am

Join us for a networking breakfast and to meet other members of the Close Community with an interest in business.

To register or for more information, please click here.

The Week Ahead

Please find below the latest version of the week ahead.