Highlights of the Week:

  • The GCSE Food Preparation & Nutrition Practical exam demonstrated just how skilful our budding chefs are, by producing the most amazing dishes.
  • Whole School Lecture by Dr John Rhodes on the history of the vaccination.
  • Stimulating talk by Chris Hemmings on how to ‘Be A Man’.
  • Solo Singing Competitions took place on Thursday and produced a stunning range of vocal skill from our pupils across the age ranges.
  • The Prep Schools’ Choral Day saw over 200 young choristers from 6 different schools singing together in a wonderful Service in celebration of the seasons.
  • 7 of our pupils attended the Women in Science Day at Oxford University.
  • English pupils attended the A C Bradley Memorial Shakespeare Lecture.
  • U14 Boys’ Hockey team won the County Championships and the U16 Boys won the West Prelims and play in the West Finals on Tuesday next week.
  • Tonight we welcome Oli Christie DL as our guest speaker at the Francis Bacon Society.


Commemoration Weekend: Friday 25 & Saturday 26 May. Please note that Half Term does not start until 4.00pm on Saturday 26 May and there is an expectation for all pupils to be in attendance at the Commemoration Service and Prize Giving on this date.

5th Form End of Year: There will be a trip to Alton Towers on Friday 22 June, and Skills Week runs from Monday 25 June to Friday 29 June. This provides pupils with the opportunity to enhance their skills set in a number of areas which includes Barista Training, Lifeguarding Course, CV Writing, Hockey Umpiring, etc. More details will be disseminated shortly.

Upper 6th End of Year: The last A level examination takes place on Tuesday 26 June and the Leavers’ Service and Ball will take place on Wednesday 27 June. We would be delighted if parents and guardians could please take note of these dates before booking flights home or planning holidays.

WORLD BOOK DAY: Thursday 1 March

Dean Close will celebrate World Book Day on Thursday with a BIG READ and our yearly BOOK SALE (in partnership with Waterstones). As is tradition, a fair amount of Krispy Kreme donuts should make the event even sweeter.

Extending into Friday, we are very excited to be hosting author Kathryn Evans who will be working with pupils across the school alongside the English Department. Read more about Kathryn at https://kathrynevans.ink.

Talking about reading, please celebrate with us by grabbing a new or old favourite book this week and (re)experiencing the journey that books offer. Pupils will be advised the same and will have the opportunity to purchase a book at our sale (or even get one free via the £1 Book Tokens that each pupil will receive). Books can be purchased with cash, tokens or via the school bill. Please encourage your child to make use of the method you prefer. HAPPY READING!


Written by George Orwell, Adapted by Rebecca Vines

BACON THEATRE 1 & 2 March, 7.15pm

We extend a warm invitation to you all to attend what looks to be a very exciting production of this adaptation by Rebecca Vines of arguably Orwell’s greatest novel – and one of the most important novels of the 20th Century (and for our times, never more important). This production is all about education in its broadest sense – it is a novel which our pupils ought to have read and know and understand. Please do come, and encourage your tutees and charges to attend also.

The adaptation will feature some exciting production surprises as events unfold.

The production contains some mild sexual content, and some violence, and mental and physical torture scenes. We recommend a 12 age limit, but that is at your discretion.

Tickets are required for entry.

Dress Code for pupils is school uniform.

CLICK HERE toobtain tickets through the Bacon Theatre website and Box Office.

Spring Concert: Sunday 4 March, 7.00pm, Pittville Pump Room

The Orchestra, Sinfonia, Chamber Choir and Close Harmony will all be performing in the Spring Concert on Sunday 4 March, as well as a number of chamber groups. The music includes the overture to Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, a Purcell trumpet sonata, a Brahms Horn Trio, a Mozart Flute Quartet and Beethoven’s Romance in F (Jeff Gao). This year’s soloists and chamber musicians are Hannah Woods, Louis Morford, Jeff Gao, Jonny Woods, Dan Barrow and Janice Ng.

Some tickets are still available.They are ONLY available from the Bacon Theatre online box office and Dean Close parents need to use the code FBF97D. You must print out your tickets at the time of booking as this facility is not available from the Box Office for this event.


Code: FBF97D

Please do book your tickets to avoid disappointment, especially if your son/daughter is performing. If you have difficulties obtaining tickets, contact Sylvia Klemz in the Music Department at shklemz@deanclose.org.uk.

D of E Training Expeditions

We have planned our D of E training expeditions to take place on the 3rd & 4th of March for the 4th Form, and on the 10th & 11th of March for the Remove. Please be assured that we are keeping an eye on the weather forecast for the coming two weeks and will be making the appropriate decisions.


For parents, carers and guardians of 5th Form pupils about to take their GCSEs, you are warmly invited to a talk by Zach Suckle, Head of Careers, and Rhona Donaldson, Director of Studies (GCSE Years) on 7 March at 6.30pm in the Cricket Pavilion.

Get ideas and advice on…

  • what you can do to support and motivate your child
  • different revision methods
  • structuring a revision time

Following the talk, Mr Suckle and Miss Donaldson will also be available to answer specific questions. Please note that presentation notes and materials will also be distributed online as a reminder and for those unable to attend.

Please RSVP by Monday 5 March: office@deanclose.org.uk

Shooting Day: Friday 9 March

Last few places remaining! 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

Easter Sports Camps

The Easter Sports are now available for booking online. Do take a look at the details below for further information:

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 HERE to access the Live Website Calendar.

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