Highlights of the Week 

  • Product Design Interactive Lecture 
  • International Men’s Day which included pupil led assemblies and Mufti Day to raise money for the registered Charity CALM. 
  • Guest speaker Nigel Owens, MBE gave us candid insight into his upbringing and the extreme battles he had with anxiety, depression, self-esteem and identity. 



5th Form Parents’ Guide to Parents’ Evening

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Term Dates 2021-2022


Fifth Form Parents’ Meeting 

Thursday 26 November, 5.00 – 7.00 pm  

All Parents’ Meetings will be conducted via video calls using the Parents Evening System https://deanclose.schoolcloud.co.uk  The instructions for booking and making video appointments are attached.  

The Fifth Form Parents’ Meeting is on Thursday 26 November from 5-7 pm.   Each parent/guardian can book up to ten 5-minute appointments with subject teachers, a tutor and a Housemaster.   Please note that parents need to attend a meeting from one device (smartphone or laptop).    

The booking for appointments opens at 8.30am on Monday 16 November and closes at 6pm on Wednesday 25 November.  

If you have any problems logging in or making appointments, please contact isams@deanclose.org.uk. 


Acoustic Night 

Sunday 22 November 

We are delighted to be able to hold our annual Acoustic Night on Sunday 22 November in the Dining Hall, although under very strict guidelines, to comply with Covid safety. All performers and audience members will be in socially distanced bubbles but will be able to enjoy live music from 20 different performers. We are intending to video the performance and send it out at a later date to those who are not able to attend. 


Carducci LIVE 

Tuesday 24 November, 1 to 2pm 

The Carducci Quartet, who lead the Dean Close Strings Department, will be playing Beethoven’s Serioso Quartet, Daniel Fardon’s new work Elements of Disco, commissioned by the Festival, and Dvořák’s American Quartet, evoking early-morning summer walks in Iowa. You can listen Live on BBC Radio 3 by following this LINK. 


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: 

Monday 14 December: 4th Form and Remove, 6.30-8.30pm (School 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. Please contact Head of Art, Caroline Evans, cjevans@deanclose.org.uk to book. 


Cheltenham YMCA  

Christmas Hamper Appeal 

Cheltenham YMCA houses up to seventy homeless people at a time and works with them on their way to independence. As Christmas is approaching, it can often be a difficult time for their clients and we like to do something that can raise their spirits. Our Upper Sixth team of volunteers would like to offer them our support by producing hampers for each of their clients, consisting of items such as food, shower gels/soaps and other little things like that, which have been donated by the Dean Close community.  Christmas can be a lonely time for some of them and a small gesture like this could make all the difference. 

Donation boxes will be available in each of the houses and the Front Office for any items on the attached list.  

Could we please ask for all donations to be bought in by Wednesday 9 December so the hampers can be made up and distributed before the end of term. 

Please contact office@deanclose.org.uk if you have any queries. 


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. 

Photography Competition 

Camera’s at the ready! Let’s get creative! Cheltenham Education Partnership are offering you the opportunity to take part in a competition to showcase your photography talent on their website, launching in January 2021.  

In addition to seeing your photography on public display, the winner will receive an Amazon gift voucher worth £75. Two lucky runners-up will receive Amazon gift vouchers worth £40 each. The competition theme is:  

‘Cheltenham through the eyes of a teenager’ 

Submit your entries with your name and contact details by Wednesday 9 December 2020 to ebuirski@glos.ac.uk and copy in Mrs Evans in the Art Department. 

Terms and conditions: up to 3x images can be submitted per participant; prizes are awarded per participant; images must be emailed in high resolution jpeg format to ensure the quality is suitable for display on the website; photos of people’s faces must not be included for safeguarding purposes; offensive or inappropriate photography will not be accepted. 


School Shop 

The shop hours for the month of November are Monday to Friday 9-5pm. 

Parents can call 01242 258000 or email mcarter@deanclose.org.ukif they are unable to visit at these times and we will be happy to assist. 

Apologies for any inconvenience and thank you for your understanding. 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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