Highlights of the Week 

  • Socially distanced Acoustic Night on Sunday 22 November. 
  • 5th Form Online Parents’ Evening provided opportunity for reflection and feedback ahead of the Trial Exams after Christmas. 
  • International Committee Hot Chocolate and Fire Pit evening on Thursday night.
  • Fridays@6 Music Recital by Michael on his violin. 
  • The Grab & Go Lunch Options which our Catering Department have been providing since the start of lockdown to reduce contact time in the Dining Hall. This was Thursday’s selection! 


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Carol Services and Christmas Dinners 

14 to 16 December 2020 

In order to ensure that we maintain the integrity of our bubbles, we have split our usual end of term festivities into 3 separate events. We will start with a pre-recorded socially distanced Carol Service in Chapel followed by Christmas Dinner in the Dining Hall. Please note the days and timings below as well as the change of dress code for the 4th Form and Remove on Monday 14 December.

Monday 14 December: 4th Form and Remove 6.30-8.30pm (Smart Mufti – smart non-uniform) 

Tuesday 15 December: 5th Form and Lower 6th 6.30-8.30pm (Black tie, lounge suits, evening wear) 

Wednesday 16 December: Upper 6th 6.30-8.30pm (Black tie, lounge suits, evening wear) 


Art Exhibition 

Currently, on display in the Art School’s BonBernard Gallery (18 Nov -12 Dec) is a colourful and uplifting exhibition of GCSE Art & Design coursework by Year 11 which has been produced by this talented year group over the course of the past year. There is an exciting range of sculpture, painting, drawing, photography and printmaking being showcased which explores ideas of portraiture and landscape. Viewing is by appointment during school hours ONLY for staff and pupils, and once lockdown restrictions have been lifted, we will hopefully be able to accommodate parents, but please bear with us as we work out the logistics of that. Please contact Head of Art, Caroline Evans, cjevans@deanclose.org.uk to book. 

Individual Pupil Photographs 

Gillman & Soame took Fourth Form portrait photographs at the start of term. If you haven’t already, please order these photographs as soon as possible (but by Monday 30th November if you would like them for Christmas). If details have been mislaid, please contact Gillman & Soame directly at enquiries@gillmanandsoame.co.uk or on 01869 328200 quoting the security password deanclose39yvw2020 and they can assist. 


Music Scholars’ Concert 

On Friday 13 November we held our Scholars’ Concert. Below are the links split into year groups for your enjoyment.  

5th Form Scholars 

Lower 6th Scholars 

Upper 6th Scholars 


Cathedral Music Trust 

Over the summer Simon Bell, our Director of Choral Music and Organist, took part in a short record at Tewkesbury Abbey – a massed performance of Bach’s famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor, performed by 54 of the nation’s organists of Cathedrals and major churches – and the results were released on social media last evening. Here is the link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_3uDtz3M-fk 

Cheltenham Educational Partnership  

Careers Festival 

We are excited to announce the first CEP Careers Festival hosted by All Saints’ Academy. This is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to gain insight into possible careers from many local businesses and education providers. 

The Careers Festival runs from Monday 30 November until Friday 4 December. Presenters from the world of work and education will give short presentations on their career sector and there will be the opportunity for pupils to ask questions. The presentations will take place virtually using Microsoft Teams and begin at 2:45pm every day. Please see the attached Programme of Events and further details. 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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