Highlights of the Week:

  • The Advent Concert on Friday night showcased a wonderful array of talented performers in a light-hearted and varied programme.
  • Our Mufti Day in aid of CCP Hamper Scamper, Cheltenham Open Door and Pied Piper Appeal saw a wonderful array of brightly coloured jumpers and outfits, with Rudolf probably being the most frequently appearing celebrity.
  • The Girls’ U18 Indoor Hockey side have qualified for the National Finals after competing in the Regional round last Sunday.
  • CU enjoyed their Black Tie Dinner last Saturday and their Christmas Dinner on Wednesday.
  • Artists have been busy doing their Mock Exams this week and have produced some stunning work.

Update on Parents’ Society

Following the Headmaster’s letter sent last half term informing parents about the new Parents’ Society, we would like to invite anyone who is interested in being involved in the Committee to contact Mr David Evans at drevans@deanclose.org.uk, who will be able to provide details of the activities and shape of the new Society.

Service of Nine Lessons & Carols: Wednesday 13 December

We are delighted to invite Dean Close Parents, Family and Friends to join us for our service of Nine Lessons and Carols at 7.00pm on Wednesday 13 December. The Service has a wonderfully festive feel, with the Chapel Choir leading the singing in a candlelit Chapel, and will be followed by mulled wine and mince pies in the Dining Hall. The Service will be finished by 8.30pm.

Carol Service & Whole School Christmas Dinner: Thursday 14 December

The Whole School Carol Service is starting at 5.30pm and, is followed immediately afterwards, by the Whole School Christmas Dinner, a Disco for the Lower School, and Social for the Senior School.

Smart party dresses are to be worn, but they must not be too short or low cut please. Shoulders need to be covered by a jacket, shawl, or similar during the Carol Service in Chapel. Boys are to wear smart dress, or suit, with black shoes. Seniors may wear black tie. Junior girls please bring flat shoes for the Disco as high heels will not be allowed in disco area.

Collection Times:

Lower School 9:30pm

Sixth Form 9:45pm

Fifth Form Trials: Tuesday 9 January to Saturday 20 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 sports teams are expected to meet their games commitments, and any extra-curricular lessons need to be arranged around the trials. Exam timetables have been issued via Houses to the students this week along with exam regulations. These timetables are also accessible on the iSAMS App. Please contact Dr Bradley on mbradley@deanclose.org.uk as soon as possible if you spot any mistakes or your child has a planned absence during the trial period.


Fifth Form pupils have been readying themselves for the January trials (held in the first two weeks of the new term) by preparing Revision Planners and exploring Revision Techniques in their weekly Skills Lab sessions and tutorials. Planners should look to target a good range of topics, but they need to be realistic and include time-off for celebration and recuperation if they are to work.

We have recommended pupils sharing their Planners with parents and carers as a way to:

(a) keep themselves honest and

(b) to work together as a team to achieve some crucial consolidation of learning.

Although this is revision for mock examinations, it is actually the first big thrust in being ready for the final summer exams. There is a clear correlation between good revision now and exam success later. The inverse is unfortunately also the case, so it is not an opportunity to be missed.

Mathematics iGCSE Revision Guide

We are proposing to buy the new recently released 9-1 IGCSE Maths revision guide for all the pupils. It is a colourful, well written A4 142 page booklet that the Department have used for the last 10 years. It is not really suited to being re-issued so they will be buying a copyfor each pupil and charging £3.50 (cost price) to the termly bill. If you do not want a copy for your son or daughter, please email Mr Garner on pjjgarner@deanclose.org.uk and the charge will be removed.

Please be aware that last year’s copy is out of date, as all Maths GCSE syllabuses have changed to 9-1 with extra content and the regular GSCE version is not compatible to the iGCSE course which our pupils are taking.

Geography GCSE Revision Guide

Please follow this LINK for further information about the GCSE revision guide.

Provisional Examination Timetable – Trinity Term 2018

Please follow the links to view the GCSE and A Level GCE provisional timetable for the Summer examinations. Any queries in this regard can be directed to our Examinations Officer Mrs Franklin at mlfranklin@deanclose.org.uk.


Having expanded the Careers team this year, we are also looking extend our provision, offering a wider range of exciting opportunities for career exploration, development and professional encounters across the school. This term, alongside the many opportunities organised by curricular departments, this has included:

  • An introductory session – Your Career Journey & How to Develop Your Personal Brand – for the whole Fourth Form.
  • A group of Sixth Formers interested in Business and Enterprise attending a screening of She Started It, a documentary on female start-up founders, at Cheltenham Ladies College.
  • A group of Sixth Formers interested in Accountancy & Business attending an engaging Careers Evening at Hazlewoods Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers.
  • Careers in the City – a day of lesson based activities (Fourth & Fifth Form) and an extended working lunch run by two City-based investment consultants (Sixth Form).
  • 26 pupil teams taking part in the national Student Investor Challenge (where teams invest £100k in a virtual simulator reflecting the real stock market and compete to achieve the highest profit after three months).
  • Next week’s Speed Networking session for the Lower Sixth year group run by Circle 2 Success – a community of businesses focused on building relationships, establishing connections, maximising growth, collaboration and best practice.

Participation in the above events and subsequent feedback has been hugely positive and we are looking forward to offering even more of the same next term in regard to a range of diverse sectors, so please stay tuned.

Bacon Theatre: Forthcoming Attractions

Parent Tennis Activities

Adult Beginner – Thursday: 9.00am – 10.00am

Adult Improver – Friday: 8.45am – 10.45am

(Both these sessions are charged termly and upfront)

Parent Cardio – Wednesday: 9.00am – 9.45am

(Cardio is paid for on the day at each session)

Places are limited to first come first serve! Lessons start W/C Monday 8 January 2018 on the School Outdoor Tennis Courts, off Shelburne Road. Thursday and Friday lessons are charged termly at £60 for a Thursday and £90 for a Friday. Please note if you don’t already have a WisePay account, you will be asked to create a new one. Any queries please contact Lydia Day on: lday@deanclose.org.uk or by phone to: 01242 267431.

Website address for registration: www.deanclose.org.uk/courses

The Week Ahead

The calendar has now been opened up so that you can view events until the end of March 2018. We do hope that this is useful ahead of receiving the printed version in January.

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar.

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