Highlights of the Week:

  • Great to be able to host our Hockey and Rugby skills day on Monday for pupils from a range of local schools.
  • Fabulous performance from DCPS Schola Cantorum Live on BBC Radio 3 on Wednesday afternoon.
  • Dean Close Remembers was a beautifully worked piece of drama which involved pupils from across the Foundation.
  • Field Day on Wednesday enabled the CCF to engage in the House Competition and the rest of the school did a wide range of Community Action activities and Outdoor Adventure.
  • Drama Department went to Stratford-upon-Avon and participated in workshops and watched a performance of Romeo and Juliet.
  • 4th Form have enjoyed 3 days in the Brecon Beacons doing a range of outdoor pursuits.


Article by the Warden

The Warden, Emma Taylor, has written about the structure of the Dean Close Foundation for the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference and explains how the grouping of nine schools and nurseries has benefited Dean Close School. You can read the article HERE!


Academic Clinics

Each Academic Department runs a series of clinics to assist any pupils who are seeking clarification in any of the topic areas covered. Please see the attached programme for further details.



The National Apprenticeship Show is on our doorstep this year at the Cheltenham Race course, taking place on Wednesday 3 October from 1.20-3.20pm. A huge range of employers will be there for pupils to explore.

For further information, please see the attached information or do feel free to contact: Mr Z Suckle (Head of Careers) at zsuckle@deanclose.org.uk.



Our next Open Morning is on Saturday 13 October 2018 and we invite existing and prospective parents to come along.


Irina Krasotina in Concert

We are delighted to welcome international pianist, Irina Krasotina, to Dean Close School.  She will be giving a masterclass to some of our most advanced pianists on Thursday 4 October and will give a recital in our Fridays at 6 series the following day when she will be playing a selection of short pieces by composers such as Glinka, Granandos, Khachaturian and Rachmaninov.

We would be very pleased if audience members were able to treat the evening as a ‘concert of two very different halves’, returning to the PMH for our New Pupils’ Recital after the Reception.  Please do rsvp for catering purposes.


James Shone: ‘I Can I Am’

Wednesday 10 October 2019 at 7.00pm in the Bacon Theatre with refreshments available in the Orangery from 6.30pm.

The Headmaster warmly invites you to a talk by inspirational speaker and Founder of ‘I Can I Am’, a charity founded three years ago by ex-teacher James Shone. Following a 16 year teaching career, James was appointed as a headmaster in 2012. During a medical assessment, a brain tumour was discovered. Over the coming months James underwent two massive operations spending eleven weeks in hospital.

The operations ultimately saved his life, but took away most of his sight. James had to relinquish a dream job, undergo radiotherapy and set off on his future with no job, no sight and diminished hope.  James’ story is one of determination, courage and positivity.  James will be speaking to pupils earlier in the day but also has a tailored message for our parents followed by a question and answer session.

James is a friend of Dean Close School and an inspiring speaker who I would warmly recommend to you.  If you would be interested in joining other members of the Parents’ Society for what is set to be an excellent evening, could I ask you to please contact my PA Jane (jebond@deanclose.org.uk) so that we can gauge potential numbers for the event.


Sports physiotherapy provision

We are delighted to be able to promote further medical provision, primarily to support injuries sustained through sport. We have been able to secure the services once more of physiotherapist Luke Croughton (Gloucester Rugby and Pro-performance UK) who will operate out of the sports hall classroom on a Monday evening. Please click HERE for further details.





Guest speaker Laura Haycock, joins us to discuss diversity and inclusion. Laura is a Past Parent and Client Engagement Manager at Pearn Kandola – Business Psychology and Occupational Psychologists.

Like a game of snakes and ladders, the careers of some will be smoothed and facilitated, whilst others experience repeated barriers and discouragement. In this session Laura offers an introduction to this fascinating and important topic.

If you would like to join us, please click here to register.


Mayhem at the Manor

We would like to draw your attention to this Charity Fundraising event taking place at the Manor by the Lake on Thursday 27 September. Please see the advert below for further details.


Michaelmas Term Calendar

For those parents who are wanting to upload the School Calendar to smart phones, google calendar or similar, you are able to use the following URL:


Term dates for rest of the academic year can be found by following this LINK.


The Week Ahead

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. You are now able to view this Calendar to 31 December 2018.

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