Highlights of the Week:

  • Politics Day in Bristol.
  • Fridays @ 6 Music Recitals by the A level Performers.
  • Junior House Public Speaking Competition won by Field.
  • U14D Netball team beat Wycliffe 26-2.
  • U14A Boys’ Hockey won the West Prelims to progress to the West Finals.
  • U18 Boys’ Hockey beat King’s Gloucester 4-1 to progress to National Quarter Finals.
  • Swimming: Bath & Otter Cup at the National Aquatic Centre, London.

Snow Disruption: Re-arranged Dates

Spring Concert: Sunday 11 March 7.00pm, Prince Michael Hall, See details below.

Scholars’ Play 1984: Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 March, Bacon Theatre. See details below.

U14 Girls’ Hockey National Finals: Wednesday 2 May

U16 Boys’ Hockey West Finals: Tuesday 13 March

U18 Girls’ Hockey National Finals: Monday 19 & Tuesday 20 March, Beeston Hockey Club

D of E Bronze Practice Expedition 4th Form: Saturday 21 & Sunday 22 April

CAG Big Sleep Out: Sunday 29 April


5th Form Exam Leave: The 5th Form will be granted Exam Leave from Monday 14 May. Exam leave is a period of time, during the normal school term, when pupils are no longer required to attend their normal academic lessons. This takes place for two reasons:

  1. It allows pupils to prepare for their exams in a way that best suits their individual exam timetable and in a place that best enables them to work. That could be at home or at school.
  2. During this period, there are significant numbers of pupils absent from individual lessons, that it makes formal lessons very difficult on a practical level. However, all teachers are available throughout the exam period for help, advice and tuition.

Upper 6th Exam Leave: The Upper 6th are granted Exam leave from Monday 4 June for the same reasons mentioned above.

4th Form Young Entrepreneurs Competition

On Monday 12 March, the 4th Form will be off timetable to compete in this annual competition run by GCHQ. They report to School in school uniform as usual.


Written by George Orwell, Adapted by Rebecca Vines

BACON THEATRE Wednesday 14 & Thursday 15 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 obtained for Thursday 1 March are valid on Wednesday 14 March.

Tickets obtained for Friday 2 March are valid on Thursday 15 March.

Please contact the Bacon Theatre if this arrangement does not work for you.

Dress Code for pupils is school uniform.

Spring Concert: Re-arranged Sunday 11 March, 7.00pm

Prince Michael Hall, Dean Close

The Orchestra, Sinfonia, Chamber Choir and Close Harmony will all be performing in the Spring Concert on Sunday 11 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.

There are limited tickets available, but do please contact ashall@deanclose.org.uk if you would like to attend.

Parents’ Meetings: Thursday 22 & Friday 23 March (Sixth Form)

Thursday 22 March (5.45–7.00pm, Front Corridor)
The Thursday evening meeting is for parents and guardians of Lower & Upper Sixth students who are unable to attend Friday’s meeting, and it is by appointment only. Please e-mail Mrs Karen Evans (office@deanclose.org.uk) by Wednesday 21 March, so a list of parents can be circulated to teachers. If you have not e-mailed us, then we cannot guarantee that relevant teachers will be available. This meeting is being held along the Front corridor, accessed from the front of School through the door to the right of the main entrance.

Friday 23 March
12noon–1.00pm: Dining Hall, U6 Parents’ Meeting (no appointment required)
12noon-1.00pm: The Bacon Theatre, L6 UCAS Meeting followed by the L6 Parents’ Meeting in the Dining Hall (no appointment required)

IT Apps

Please follow this LINK for more information about an App called Whisper which we thought you might like to know about. Do please feel free to contact jadavis@deanclose.org.uk if you have any queries or concerns.

Schola Cantorum Concert: Saturday 24 March

In a new venture for Schola Cantorum this year – the choir will be performing Bach St John Passion in the Abbey at 7pm on Saturday 24 March. Please do come if you can. The boys are working hard to master all the music (in German) while also preparing for their daily services. It would be lovely for them to sing to a full Nave.

Tickets are £20, £15 and £12 and are available from jclyons@deanclose.org.uk or on line at www.bacontheatre.co.uk.

Easter Revision Course

Dean Close School are running an Easter Revision Course from 4th to 8th of April this year and places are available for residential and non-residential. The courses take place over five days, delivering a combination of intensive subject revision sessions. One subject is selected for A Level and two subjects for GCSE. For further information, please click the link below for more information or alternatively, get in touch with Lydia Day: lday@deanclose.org.uk. Please visit www.deanclose.org.uk/courses.

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.