Highlights of the Week

  • A truly exceptional Drama Scholars’ Production of Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia.
  • World Book Day on Thursday 7 March.
  • Thank you to Mead House for their initiative of marking International Women’s Day on Friday 8 March and raising awareness.
  • Boys’ 1st XI Hockey team beat Millfield 4-1 to win the Tier 1 West League and progress to the National Quarter Finals.
  • Boys U16 Hockey team beat Marlborough College to progress to the next round of the National Cup.



Art & Classics Trip: Notes from Parents’ Meeting, Monday 4 March



Monday 11 March, 7.30pm, Bacon Theatre

The Parents’ Society are hosting a visit from Dick Moore on Monday 11 March who will be speaking to both pupils and parents in the Bacon Theatre on the mental and emotional health and wellbeing of young people.

Background on Mr Moore:-

‘Who claimed that adolescence is just a phase?  Who suggested that being a parent is easy? Dick Moore, the parent of four often errant children and a headmaster for almost 23 years, embarked upon a mission to discover more about what makes young people tick and what he could or should have done during the challenging times!  He has a passion for the mental and emotional health and wellbeing of young people and will be exploring how young people think, why adolescence is an especially vulnerable time and about common issues which can arise when the going gets tough. Finally, he will offer some tongue-in-cheek tips for parenthood…..

Dick has spoken at over 350 schools, universities, businesses and conferences both in the UK and overseas.  He is an instructor for Mental Health First Aid, a trainer for the Charlie Waller Memorial Trust and has attended an ASIST course in suicide intervention.  He gave a TEDx talk in April 2015 and a Head Talk in 2018.  He has also appeared on BBC Breakfast, BBC Radio 5 Live, various local BBC radio stations and ITN News with Mary Nightingale.’


Safeguarding Update

Please follow this link to some useful information about staying safe online with particular reference to Fortnite.


Art GCSE Coursework Exhibition

Wednesday 13 March, 5.15pm

Please join us to celebrate the 5th Form GCSE Coursework, see the flyer below for further details.



Wednesday 13 March, 6.30-7.15pm in the Centenary Hall, DCPS

For parents, carers and guardians of Fifth Formers about to take their GCSEs, you are warmly invited to talk by Rhona Donaldson (Director of Studies – Middle Years), Zach Suckle (Head of Library & Careers) & Chris Hooper (Director of Easter Revision Course)

Get ideas and advice on…

  • what you can do to support and motivate your child
  • different revision methods
  • structuring revision time
  • Dean Close’s Easter Revision Course

Following the talk, Ms. Donaldson, Mr Suckle, and Mr Hooper will also be available to answer specific questions.

Presentation notes and materials will also be distributed online as a reminder and for those unable to attend.

Please RSVP: office@deanclose.org.uk


6th Form Parents’ Meetings: Thursday 28 & Friday 29 March

Thursday 28 March (5.45–7.00pm, Front Corridor)
The Thursday evening meeting is for parents and guardians of Lower & Upper Sixth pupils 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 20 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 29 March
12noon – 1.00pm: Dining Hall, U6 Parents’ Meeting (no appointment required)
12noon – 1.00pm: Bacon Theatre, L6 UCAS Meeting followed by the L6 Parents’ Meeting in the Dining Hall (no appointment required)


The Week Ahead    

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar with all of the events for next term.

Do to the busy and dynamic nature of the school, there are sometimes inevitable changes to our calendar. Do please refer to this online version, for the most up to date information.

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