Highlights of the Week:

  • The Senior Critical Essay Competition was won by Johnny Coniam with his essay entitled Geschichtswissenschaft – is History a science or an art?
  • London Art Trip saw the 6th Form Artists visiting a number of key galleries.
  • Acoustic Night presented an opportunity to hear something slightly different from our talented musicians.
  • The Music Scholars’ Concert on Wednesday night showcased the more classical pieces.
  • The Modern Foreign Languages Society met on Monday afternoon and the 6th Form Linguists took part in the Juvenes Translatores contest on Thursday.
  • 3-0 win for the U18 Girls’ Hockey against Solihull in the National Cup.
  • 59-0 win for the 1st XV Rugby against Monmouth School for Boys.



For those of you who were unable to join us for the Fifth Form Presentation today, please find below further details of the Presentation and the Information Pack which supported the Power Point:

5th Form Timeline

Provisional GCSE Timetable

Sixth Form Choice Booklet

Sixth Form Enrichment Choices Booklet

Careers Information Letter

Informed University Choices Booklet


Fifth Form Trials

Tuesday 8 January – Saturday 19 January

Fifth Form pupils will be coming out of lessons to sit GCSE trials in the Old Gym.  During this period, they will be on a study leave: Day Pupils only need to be in for the trials, while Boarders are expected to work in Houses.  Meanwhile, all pupils in teams are expected to meet games commitments, and any extra-curricular lessons need to be arranged around the trials.  Exam timetables have been issued via Houses to the pupils this week along with exam regulations.  These timetables are also available on Parents and Student Portals and iSAMS Apps.  Please contact Dr. Bradley at mbradley@deanclose.org.uk as soon as possible if you spot any mistakes or your child has a planned absence during the trial period.


Parent Portal & iSAMS Parents App – REMINDER

Please see attached, the detailed instructions for logging into the Parent Portal and subsequent use of the iSAMS Parent App. This gives instant access from your mobile device to a great deal of information about your child’s daily activities at school including their timetable, reports and sanctions, if they have any.

The Trial Exams Timetable is available to download, specifically for your child on the app. to encourage parents to download and use.

If you are a new parent to Dean Close and have not received an email detailing your Registration details to the Parent Portal, which looks like the attached document, then do please contact our Database Manager on hedaly@deanclose.org.uk.

For existing parents, please use your normal login details associated with your Parent Portal Account.



The recent Whole School Photo is now available to order directly from Gillman and Soame Photographers:


Login: deanclose2018


Message from the Chaplain: Lymington Rushmore

Every year a small group of Decanians go on a Lymington Rushmore Holiday in the summer. These holidays are a superb way for teens to spend 9 days away from home, enjoying great activities, super food, hanging out with peers, with a chance to investigate the claims of the Christian faith. Katie and I went on them as children and teens, and even met one another there (you never know!).  I thought the easiest thing would be to pop all the details down here, so you have them to hand.

The dates for the Junior camps are as follows:

A: 12–21 Jul
B:  22 – 31 Jul
C: 1-10 Aug

The website can be found here.

DCS parents, Paul and Charlie Montgomery (psmontgomery@deanclose.org.uk) have sent their children on them for years and are very happy to chat with any interested parties further – as am I. It’s sometimes fun to see if we can get a Decanian group heading on the same week. I have some brochures to pass out to anyone who might be interested.


Christmas Charity Fair, 29 November 2018

Stallholders Tables are available at £20.00 with all proceeds going to charity.

If you would like to reserve a table please contact Julie Kent, jkent@deanclose.org.uk



SCHOOL MUSICAL, 6th, 7th & 8th DECEMBER 2018

Booking is open for this year’s School Musical and tickets have been selling fast. To book your tickets please go online to the Bacon Theatre. Do please book promptly to avoid disappointment.


Hockey Camp – December 2018

Please see below for the details of the hockey camp taking place during the Christmas holidays.


Dean Bean

Please see the attached advert for a vacancy to run the Dean Bean.


The Week Ahead      

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar.

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