Highlights of the Week:

  • Remove Geography Field Trip to Swanage went extremely well with lots of data collected for analysis.
  • Fridays at 6 with Sylvia Klemz, saw songs from Strauss, Faure, Parry, Warlock and Rachmaninov sung with such great skill and passion.
  • James Shone spoke to the Parents’ Society, 6th Form and House staff on Wednesday, sharing his thoughts on how to cope with the pressures of the modern world.
  • Large numbers of pupils have enjoyed trips to the Cheltenham Literature festival this week.
  • The Swimmers were in action against Cheltenham College which saw some superb individual performances.
  • The History Department hosted Allan Mallinson on Thursday who spoke on the 1st World War.


Important Letters

From the Headmaster – Hosting Parties

CCF – Personal Security of Cadets

Remove, 5th & 6th Form – Art & Classics Department Trip to Florence Letter 2019

Remove, 5th & 6th Form – Art & Classics Department Trip to Florence Itinerary 2019


Parents’ Meeting: Upper 6th

Please find below a reminder of the meeting for Upper 6th Parents. Pupils are encouraged to attend the meetings along with their parents and guardians. Uniform must be worn.

Friday 19 October: Upper 6th Parents’ Meeting, Dining Hall, 12.00–1.30pm


NSPCC NetAware

This is a service from NSPCC and O2 that offers a no-nonsense guide for parents and teachers about social media, apps and games that young people use. Please visit net-aware.org.uk for further information.


Blackadder Goes Forth

Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 October at 7.15pm 

One of the most-loved sitcoms of all time, Blackadder Goes Forth continues the story of Edmund Blackadder: now serving as a Captain in the trenches of the First World War.  With his trusty, albeit braindead, companions Private S. Baldrick and Lieutenant The Hon. George St. Colthurst Barleigh, Blackadder must navigate the lunacy of his commanding officers if he is to return to Blighty unscathed.  However, the weaselly Captain Darling and trigger-happy General Sir Anthony Cecil Hogmanay Melchett (VC, KCB, DSO) have other ideas.  If you like your comedy thicker than a bowl of porridge that’s fallen into a swamp, then join us for a show with more cunning than a Professor of cunning from Oxford University.



Dean Close Foundation Concert: Tewkesbury Abbey, Friday 9 November, 7.00pm

Chapel Choir and Chamber Choir

All the pupils in Chapel Choir and Chamber Choir are involved in this concert, as well as the Dean Close Choral Society and chamber choirs from the Prep School and St John’s.  Pupils will be transported to and from the Abbey for an afternoon rehearsal and a meal will be provided before the concert.  Further details will be sent to the parents of those involved nearer the time.


Please note the date in your diary – parents, family and friends are very welcome to attend this free concert. No tickets are required.  The music has been chosen to be appropriate for commemorating the end of the First World War, and includes Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man.



On Sunday 4 November we will once again be having our biennial Fireworks display on Big Field, which coincides with all the Boarders coming back after half term. The Leiths Cooking School will be selling hotdogs and there will be a few other stalls selling mulled wine, teas and coffees etc. Festivities start from 6.00pm!

This year we are also hosting a Firewalk in aid of Charity Blue Skye Thinking.

Sign up HERE to do the Firewalk!

Anyone within the DC Community is invited to take part, provided they are a minimum of 18yrs old (17yrs with parental permission).  More info can be viewed via the hyperlink above and the video below:


Christmas Fair in Aid of Charity

Book the date in your diary for this year’s Charity Fair in aid of the Pied Piper Appeal.


The Week Ahead

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar.

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