Highlights of the Week

  • Labour Candidate George Penny and Conservative candidate Alex Chalk have been in school this week talking to our Pupils and Staff, and we look forward to hearing what Max Wilkinson has to say on Monday.
  • The Girls U14 Hockey team won the West Finals on Tuesday and in doing so secured their place in the National Finals which takes place at Lee Valley in February.
  • The Modern Foreign Languages Debates took place on Wednesday afternoon and saw some very accomplished performances from our pupils.
  • The 5th Form went on a Mathematics trip to Bristol on Thursday.
  • There was a Lunchtime Music Concert on Thursday which was very much appreciated by the audience.
  • Tonight and tomorrow night sees the performance of Amadeus, this year’s school play. See below for further details.



5th Form Parents: Morrisby Online Careers Assessment

5th Form Pupils: Morrisby Pupil Information

All Pupils: Proposed Ski Trip to Italy, January 2021

Advent Concert: Rehearsal Schedule Monday 3 to Friday 6 December


AMADEUS by Peter Shaffer


29 & 30 NOVEMBER 2019


We are delighted to announce that we will be mounting a production of this famous play by Shaffer, made into a wonderfully successful film in 1984, which was nominated for 11 Oscars and won 8.

It tells the story of the once-famous composer Salieri (now a forgotten mediocre relic) and his furious jealousy of the young, vibrant but giggling and obscene childish-idiot-genius called Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Advent Concert

A Night at the Movies

Friday 6 December, 7.00pm, Bacon Theatre

Come along and enjoy an evening of musical numbers from many of your favourite films – ET, Schindler’s List, Despicable Me, Skyfall and lots more.  Orchestra, Close Harmony, Concert Band, Sinfonia, Ripieno Strings, Jazz Band and Brass Group will all feature during the evening, along with five different soloists – nearly 90 musicians in all!

Mince pies, mulled wine, tea and coffee will be served in the Dining Hall during the interval and the concert will finish at approximately 9.00pm.

There is no charge for entry but there will be a retiring collection in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity.

Christmas Fair

Thursday 5 December, 4 to 6.30pm

This year, we are once again hosting a Christmas Fair which presents a great opportunity for people to get ahead on a little bit of Christmas shopping. Do come along and support this really festive event!



Fifth Form (Tuesday 7 to Saturday 18 January)

Upper Sixth (Tuesday 7 to Monday 13 January)

After the Christmas break, the Fifth and Upper Sixth will be on study leave to sit 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, 20 January, and Upper Sixth on Tuesday, 14 January.


Cardiac Screening

The school is looking at offering cardiac screening in school with CRY (cardiac risk in the young) with a criteria age range of 14-35. The cost would be £50 per pupil.

Please would you let us know if you would be interested in having your child screened as we need a minimum number of pupils to go ahead with this.

If you have any further questions after reading the attached link, please feel free to contact the nurses in the Health Centre.


Boarders’ Outing

Sunday 1 December

What a great opportunity for the Boarders to do their Christmas shopping!



This December, we are running a Christmas Hockey Camp here at Dean Close and as always, it is open to all girls and boys.

Wednesday 18 December
Thursday 19 December
Friday 20 December

Ages and times:
7-11 yrs: 9.00am – 12 noon

12+ yrs: 1.00pm – 4.00pm

To register and pay for the camp, you can visit the website to book: www.deanclose.org.uk/courses or alternatively, you can email Lydia Day: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk or call: 01242 267431.


Easter Revision Course 2020

Our ERC 2020 dates are: Wednesday 15 April – Sunday 19 April (with residential students arriving on the evening of Tuesday 14th April).

This year the course dates will enable our Dean Close Boarders to attend and stay an extra night, at no extra charge, ready for the start of the new school term starting on Tuesday 21 April.

Places are available on a residential or non-residential basis and as always, we are offering this course to A Level and GCSE students.

We are open to taking bookings for our 2020 course. For further information, please visit the website: www.deanclose.org.uk/courses or contact Lydia Day by email: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk or call: 01242 267431.


Parents’ Activities: Tennis

Do you fancy a hit around each week? Join us on court!

Lent Term Tennis will be up and running again in 2020 and takes place on the School outdoor tennis courts, off Shelburne Road.

Please see below for available sessions:

Monday Beginner’s Tennis:

9am – 10am, is charged at £66 for the term (spaces available)

Wednesday Cardio:

9am – 9.45am, is charged at £6 per session (available each week)

Intermediate Thursday Tennis:

9am – 10am, is charged at £66 for the term (couple of spaces available)

Advanced Friday Tennis:

8:45am – 10.15am, is charged at £82.50 for the term (couple of spaces available)

If you are interested in attending, please contact Lydia Day on: lday@deanclose.org.uk or by phone to: 01242 267431.


The Week Ahead

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