The build up to half term was anything but quiet as the Lower School provided us with a wonderful production of Jane Eyre. In addition to outstanding performances from our lead characters, it was encouraging to see so many pupils engaged on stage providing a Greek style chorus and wonderful characterisations. Thank you to everyone involved for providing such superb entertainment.

On the hockey front, the U14 and U16 girls both won through to the next round of their respective competitions, with the U14s winning the County Tournament without conceding a single goal.

To finish off the half term, the Music Department put together a fantastic mix of instruments and vocals to send us on our way, with a half term concert that entertained and engaged the audience.

We wish our Equestrian team all of the best as they compete at the NSEA National Championships this weekend, and hope you all enjoy a very restful half term break.

IT: Acceptable Use Policy

The Dean Close Acceptable Use of IT policy has recently been reviewed to reflect the use of up to date technology. In line with Government guidance, every pupil will be required to read the IT AUP and agreement, and sign to say they accept its terms in order to continue using the School IT systems.

During the week after half term the policy will be emailed to all pupils. For junior pupils they will be given the opportunity to read through the policy with their tutor and ask any questions they have. They will then sign a hard copy of the Pupil Acceptable Use Agreement Form. This will be scanned and stored on the school database. A similar process will be implemented for 6th Form but they will discuss the policy with their Housemaster or Housemistress if they wish to. All staff will be aware of the contents of the policy and will help the pupils adhere to its terms.

If you have any questions or concerns about the IT Acceptable Use Policy please do not hesitate to contact me via Please click here to view the updated policy.

Dean Close Video Channel

Please follow this link to #Deanflix!

Art Series Episode 2 – Sanctuary

Teacher of Art, Angela Ash, talks about a stand out piece from last year’s A Level artist, Katie Colbert-Smith.

Click here to view the whole #DeanFlix Channel


After Half Term all pupils will need to adhere to the Winter Dress code which means that all Lower School pupils will need to wear ties. Please remember that all pupils have to wear a jacket. If they are cold, they can wear a jumper under their blazer but not instead of their blazer.

Coats may be worn to and from School, but must be left in House Rooms during the day, and may not be worn in Chapel.

Pop Up Maths Support (PUMS)

PUMS with Miss Gordon and other members of Maths department takes place on Mondays during the Lunch break in Miss Hodgkinson’s English Classroom (SPY2), just off the Quad behind the pond.

Our team of skilled 6th Form pupils will also assistany pupils who drop in for IGCSE Maths help. The session will run from 1.25pm until registration. This is in addition to the twice weekly 4.30pm to 5.30pm Maths clinics in M3 on Tuesday and Thursday.

Community Evensong: 9 November – All Welcome

Community Evensong will be sung by Schola Cantorum and the Senior School’s Chapel Choir in Chapel at 5.30pm on Thursday 9 November; they will be giving the premier performance of a piece by Matthew Martin (OD) which has been commissioned by Dean Close. This will be followed by a reception in the BonBernard Gallery.

20th Anniversary of the Music School Concert : 9 November – Tickets Required

Tickets will be needed for this concert and it will be a very popular event. Please rsvp as soon as possible to if you would like to attend – tickets will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Hockey – Sports Camps

We are delighted to announce our Christmas Hockey Camp at Dean Close School:

Monday 18th, Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th December

School Years 3 to 6: 9.00am – 12noon

School Years 7+: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

10% discount for 3 day booking. 10% sibling discount. For further details, please email Lydia Day on: or call on: 01242 267431.

The Week Ahead

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