Highlights of the Week 

  • Receiving news of our Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music results, which included 17 Distinctions with 9 of those being awarded at Grade 8. 
  • The Boarders’ Socially Distanced Christmas Dinner saw the Upper 6th dressing up as Nativity Characters (seeing a heavily pregnant ‘Mary’ was slightly alarming!). 
  • Seeing all the colourful and festive Christmas Jumpers today in aid of Save the Children.



Advent Concert 

Friday 11 December 

We would be delighted if you could tune in for our online Advent Concert which is being screened tonight. The recording is available to view in the comfort of your home by following this LINK! 


Carol Services and Christmas Dinners 

14 to 16 December 2020 – Reminder

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: 

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

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) 

The Pick up Time is 8.30pm on each of the evenings!


Remembering Angus 

Oak Remove Girls 

The Oak Remove girls have taken up the challenge of running the distance from Dean Close to Deer Park in Pembrokeshire, in memory of their classmate Angus Caton who sadly passed away in June this year. They wanted to do something in memory of Angus at this particularly poignant time of the year and decided to emulate the walk undertaken by Angus’s dad in the summer. To support their efforts and to find out more about their challenge, please go to their JustGiving page. 


Carols by Candlelight 

Community Online Broadcast 

Wednesday 16 December 

You are warmly invited to join us online on Wednesday 16 December for our annual Carols by Candlelight. The link will be live on Wednesday evening from 7.30pm and can be found HERE! 



12 – 23 JANUARY 

For the first two weeks of the Lent Term, the Fifth Form will be on study leave to sit GCSE trials in the Old Gym.  During this period, Day pupils only need to be in school for the trials, while Boarders are expected to work in Houses.  In addition, all pupils in teams are expected to meet games commitments, and any extra-curricular lessons need to be arranged around the trials.  Timetables have been given out to pupils and are now available on Pupil and Parent Apps.  If your son or daughter is going to be absent from any of the trials, please contact his/her Houseparent.  Fifth Form pupils are back in normal lessons on Monday, 25th January.  Please contact Dr Bradley at mbradley@deanclose.org.uk if you have any questions. 


Junior Critical Essay 

The Junior Critical Essay Competition is back! This is a chance for anyone currently in 4th Form or Remove to write a critical essay based on the statement below, and they could win a £50 Waterstone’s voucher as a result. All they need to do is email Miss Stewart (festewart@deanclose.org.uk) by Friday 18th December with their completed title. They should then write their essay, of no more than 1,500 words, over the Christmas holidays and email it to Miss Stewart in the first week of term in January. This competition is a great opportunity and aims to encourage independent enquiry and critical thinking, both of which are essential life skills. Good luck to all those who decide to enter! 

This year’s title is: ‘_________ will shape the next ten years more than anything else.’ Justify your view. 


Dean Close Adventure 

We are delighted to have our new Adventure Twitter and Instagram accounts up and running. Do take a look to see some of this term’s highlights which includes kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, slacklining! 


Easter Revision Course 2021 

Following a year of unprecedented times surrounding Covid-19, our popular Easter Revision Course at Dean Close will be running again in 2021. 

It was announced in England yesterday, that public Examinations are set to go ahead for both A Level and GCSE. 

When the country went into a National Lockdown back in March 2020, all school sites were shut down and we moved to home-schooling and learning became virtual. Learning at a distance would have been experienced in a variety of ways for students but whatever their story, students need to be equipped and ready to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.  

We will be here to support your son/daughter in their studies with our Easter Revision Course, which is taking place on the 12th – 16th April 2021. The course is open for A Level and GCSE students and as always, residential and non-residential places are available. We have given the course a slight refresh this year and in addition, will be offering overseas students an online delivery of the course. For further details, please email Lydia Day on: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk or visit the website: www.deanclose.org.uk/courses and download the 2021 course brochure.



Dean Close Hockey Camp 2021 

We are delighted that after the year we have had, we are going to be welcoming back our Hockey Camp! This time, the Christmas camp will run in January on: Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th and Thursday 7th January 2021. Open to all Dean Close girls and boys, the morning sessions are for 7-11yrs and the afternoon sessions for 12+yrs. £25 a session, sibling discounts available and discount available for all 3 sessions booked too. If you are interested in booking a place on the camp, please email Lydia Day on: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk or call 07469159825.  


School Shop 

This week we welcomed Sam Taylor, our new School Shop manager. 

2020 Christmas Closing & 2021 Reopening Times: 

The School Shop will be closing for Christmas on Friday 18 December at 5pm and will be reopening on Monday 4 January 2021. During this time, you may send an enquiry to shop@deanclose.org.ukhowever it will not be picked up until we reopen.  

See the attached flyer for the School Blazer January Sale!

If you need any further information, you can visit the website: https://www.deanclose.org.uk/about/school-shop/ 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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