Highlights of the Week 

  • The House Singing Competition on Saturday 2 October. You can watch the Houses in action by using this LINK! 
  • Having Anna Gillespie doing a mini-residency this week and encouraging our artists to step outside of their comfort zone. 
  • The start of the Cheltenham Literature Festival. 
  • The Confirmation Service on Wednesday evening. 
  • New Pupils’ Music Concert which took place this evening. 



Term Dates 2022-2023

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Asymptomatic Testing 

Following our conversations with Public Health England / Health Security Agency this week, we would like parents to maintain daily Lateral Flow Device testing until the end of next week.  

“Testing remains important in reducing the risk of transmission of infection within schools. That is why, whilst some measures are relaxed, others will remain, and if necessary, in response to the latest epidemiological data, we all need to be prepared to step measures up or down in future depending on local circumstances. Testing remains voluntary but is strongly encouraged.”  

Gov.uk – 27 Sept 2021 


CLASSICAL Association 

Monday 11 October 

If you have not been able to get away over the summer and have missed the warmth of the sun, may we take the opportunity to invite you to the Classical Association’s first lecture of the academic year which might transport you, intellectually at least, to the sun-drenched Greek Peloponnese and the Sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia?  

Judith Barringer who is the Professor of Greek Art and Archaeology at Edinburgh University will be discussing the monumental temple of Zeus and the sculpture that adorned it. She is a world authority on this most significant of sites and will, no doubt, elucidate the powerful messages that the sculptural programme of the temple generated and communicated to aspiring participants and visitors to the ancient Olympic Games.  

Where: Helen Porter Hall  

When: Monday 11 October, 7.30pm 


Upper Sixth (Year 13) Parents’ Meetings 

Thursday 21 October, 5.00-7.00 pm  

Friday 22 October, 12.30-1.30pm 

The Parents’ Meetings for parents and guardians of Upper Sixth pupils are on Thursday 21 and Friday 22 October.  The Thursday meeting is the main meeting for UK-based parents and overseas parents in a similar time zone. The Friday meeting is reserved solely for overseas parents/guardians in time zones GMT+4 or more to allow for the meetings to take place at a reasonable hour.  All meetings are conducted via video calls using Parents Evening System  https://deanclose.schoolcloud.co.uk and the instructions for booking and making video appointments are attached here. 

Each parent / guardian can book up to ten 5-minute appointments with the child’s subject teachers and tutor and can then invite one more person (another parent, guardian or pupil) to join the appointment, so a meeting can be conducted from two separate devices (smartphone or laptop).  The booking for appointments opens at 8 am on Wednesday 13 October, and closes at 8 am on Wednesday 20 October.  

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


Dean Close Music  

Performance at Chapel Arts, 15 October, 1.00pm 

On Friday 15 October, some of our most accomplished Music Scholars will be giving a short lunchtime recital from 1.00 – 1.40pm at Chapel Arts in Cheltenham (https://www.thechapelarts.com/). 

Pupils will be performing an eclectic selection of chamber music by Brahms, Frank Bridge, Chopin, Bach and more, coached and led by members of the Carducci Quartet. 

Entry is free of charge, although a retiring collection will be taken to raise funds for the Brain Tumour Charity. 

If you are free at that time, we would be delighted if you would join us to support our young musicians. 


FLOCK: Sustainability Awareness 

‘Flock’ is a stunning whole school art installation raising awareness for sustainability at Dean Close. Created from recycled paper from the site, this flock of 600+ origami pigeons (as per the DCS school shield) will take flight in the BonBernard Gallery from 18th October to 13 November 2021 (term time only). Each bird is made by a member of our community and carries a personal pledge to make a change towards living a more sustainable life. As the individual birds come together to create a flock, we understand how our single actions can make a difference to the wider picture. 

Dean Close Flock Sustainable art project 


Leave of Absence Requests 

Any request for Leave of Absence during term time needs to be submitted to the Deputy Headmaster (ashall@deanclose.org.uk) via the Housemaster, well in advance. Leave is only granted in exceptional circumstances as any absence from lessons, places additional pressure on the pupils to catch up on work that they have missed.  


Specialist Cricket Coaching 

Gecko at Dean Close 

Dates and Times 

Tuesdays 6.30pm-8.00pm (12, 19 October; 9, 16, 23, 30 November; 7, 14 December) 

Thursdays 6.30pm-8.00pm (14, 21 October; 11, 18, 25 November; 2, 9, 16 December) 

Age Groups  

U11 | U13 | U15 | U17 | Open 




Batting Programme 

Fast Bowling Programme 

Spin Bowling Programme 

Wicket Keeping Programme 


Cheltenham Literature Festival 

This year, we are once again sponsoring various events at the Cheltenham Literature Festival. As a perk, we have been given a 50% discount for our parents and for staff too. When using the discount code, the price is £15 for each CheltLit player subscription, giving access to watch 140 events from this year’s festival on-demand.  

Our discount code is: CLF21DeanClose 




The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

PRINTABLE VERSION – WEEK Ahead Commencing 9 October 2021 

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