Show week at Dean Close is always exciting and with the Lower School production of Macbeth taking to the stage, it was thus, with the sinister witches setting the scene from the outset. The strong performances from such a young cast give us real optimism for future productions.

The U16 Boys’ Hockey Team won the West Finals at Millfield on Tuesday, securing their place in the National Finals in April, and the Girls’ U18 Team played some really good hockey at their National Finals beating Stockport Grammar 3-1, losing 1-0 to Framlingham and losing 2-0 to Repton, who went on to win the final 5-0. The girls were a real credit to the School. The Golf team were in action on Tuesday against Malvern, but despite some good individual performances in adverse conditions, the team lost 1-4.

We marked World Book Day on Thursday by starting every academic lesson with 15 minutes of reading time, and the audience at our ‘Friday at 6’ were treated to some wonderful soprano singing from Harriet Abbott and Lucy O’Rourke.

Study Leave

Study leave provides an opportunity for pupils to focus on their studies and work independently during the build up to their external examinations, allowing them to plan their time as they see fit. This does not mean that they are isolated from School, teachers will still be available for them if they have any questions and need any help. On Wednesday 8 March at 6.30pm in the Pavilion, Zack Suckle and Romey Tottman will be presenting the 5th Form Parents’ Guide to Revision. The presentation will last about 45 minutes, and refreshments will be served afterwards, providing additional opportunity to ask further questions.

This year, Study Leave for the examination year groups begins as follows:

5th Form Study Leave – Monday 15 May

U6th Form Study Leave – Monday 5 June

‘EMBRACE’ Screening, Thursday 16 March, Bacon Theatre, 7pm

‘Embrace’, is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image. Please see the attached UK Press Release for further information. To purchase tickets to come along and watch this internationally acclaimed documentary, please click on this LINK. The film explores Taryn Brumfitt’s struggle to come to terms with her body and her body image, which is clearly topical in today’s society.

Easter Revision Courses

With the half term break gone, and Mock Exams over, if anyone has concerns about the exams, you might want to give consideration to the Easter Revision Course. We are running residential and non-residential courses for A Level, AS and GCSE.
If you would be interested, you can download our 2017 course brochure from our website: or get in touch on:

Tennis Camp – Monday 17 – Wednesday 19 April 2017

We are launching our 3-day Tennis Camp, led by Matt Yemm, Director of Tennis at Dean Close School, during the Easter Holidays.

The morning sessions are for 10-13 years and the afternoon sessions for 14+ years. All girls and boys are welcome.

For further information, contact or call 01242 267431. To book a place on the camp, please visit:

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Week Ahead

Please see below for the details of the week commencing Sunday 5 March.