Highlights of the Week:

  • It was great to host over 120 children from local state and independent schools for our hockey and netball skills day on Monday.
  • U18 Boys’ Hockey team beat King’s Bruton 7-0 to progress to the next round of the National Cup.
  • BMW Mini Factory visit by the 6th Form Product Design pupils proved to be a stimulating experience.
  • The Shelburne House Play ‘Out of the Shadows’ was superb, covered thought-provoking material, and was performed with enthusiasm and skill.

Exam Leave for 6th Form

6th Form pupils will be coming out of lessons to sit trial exams in the Sports Hall from Monday 19 February.

Lower 6th: Monday 19 to Wednesday 21 February

Upper 6th: Monday 19 to Saturday 24 February

During this period, they will be on a study leave: Day Pupils only need to be in for the trials, while Boarders are expected to work in Houses. Meanwhile, all pupils in sports teams are expected to meet their games commitments, and any extra-curricular lessons need to be arranged around the trials.

Exam timetables have been issued via Houses to all the pupils.These timetables are also accessible on the iSAMS App. Please contact Dr Bradley on mbradley@deanclose.org.uk as soon as possible if you spot any mistakes or your child has a planned absence during this trial period.

Art Department GCSE Viewing

Do come along and see the latest range of art by our talented and hard-working young artists:

Wilson Challenge

Entries are now open for the Wilson Challenge 2018. The competition seeks to convey a simple message, that antiquity matters and that the cultural legacy of Greece and Rome is, perhaps, even more important now in a world that threatens to re-edit and re-order the past.

This year we are looking at the ways in which artistshave revisited and reinterpreted classical mythology. Pupils might want to focus on a particular painting like Bruegel’s Fall of Icarus or a sculpture such as Bernini’s Apollo and Daphne, a poem like Yeats’ Leda and the Swan,or even consider a novel such as Joyce’s Ulysses. For further information, please contact jmallen@deanclose.org.uk.

Lent Addresses

Last week we were privileged to have a team of twelve come and join us for our annual Lent Addresses, this year called ‘Story.’ Besides the team joining in with some lessons, and sport, many of us enjoyed our new pop up Story Café in lunchtimes, and the evening events.

Each evening offered a different mix of food goodies, a fun game, as well as the opportunity to hear one Decanian’s story of their own Christian faith, and something more of Jesus’ story as we heard a talk from John’s gospel. Hundreds of pupils joined us over the three days, and helped to consume the 310 Oreos used to make the umpteen milkshakes on offer at the sports hall each night. We hope everyone enjoyed it as much as we did!

Shooting Day

Come and join Old Decanians, Current & Past Parents, and Dean Close Staff at Ian Coley Sporting for a morning of shooting and tuition on Friday 9 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!
For more information or to book, please contact Connie on development@deanclose.org.uk

Bacon Theatre

Please see below for the latest shows on at the Bacon Theatre:

School Shop News

Please see the attached document for details about Sports Equipment, Stationary, Dry Cleaning Service, Uniform Exchange and Sale Items.

Personal Training Opportunity

The Week Ahead

For those parents who are wanting to upload the School Calendar to smart phones, google calendar or similar, you are able to use the following URL:


CLICK HEREto access the Live Website Calendar.

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