Highlights of the Week

  • The New Pupils’ Music Recital was a great success and saw a tremendous range of instruments and vocals, from the French Horn, to Bassoon, Piano, Viola and Violin.
  • On Friday last week, we also had the Junior Critical Essay Dinner where the winners of this year’s competition were announced. Cherissa Samoutou was adjudged the overall winner with her title, ‘Malala Yousafzai is the most influential person in her field’.
  • On Saturday night the Boarders enjoyed a Movie night, with a different film being featured in each House. It was great to see the boys and girls enjoying this opportunity to relax together in front of the film of their choice.
  • The Chaplaincy Black Tie Dinner took place on Sunday and provided a really good opportunity for conversation.
  • The Chamber Choir sang evensong at Tewkesbury Abbey on Sunday evening. The beautiful sound of their voices resonated around this iconic building.
  • The Charity ‘Show Racism the Red Card’ ran workshops in school on Monday and Tuesday and posed some thought-provoking and interesting questions.
  • The pupil led production of Blackadder took place in the Bacon Theatre on Tuesday and Wednesday evening and proved to be a huge success with skilful performances from the entire cast, and wonderful direction from Lower 6th Former, Ethan Bareham.
  • Thursday evening saw Dr Edward Bispham of Oxford University addressing the Classical Association on the writings of Cicero.



Water Bottles: We have taken the decision not to provide water bottles in our lunch packs from half term onwards. Pupils will be encouraged to carry their own re-usable ones for all away trips and visits. This initiative has been instigated by our pupil led Environmental Group.


Fourth Form & Remove Revision Guidance

With Fourth Form & Remove Test Week coming up in the second week after half term, both year groups have been given revision guidance and strategies to enable them to make the best of use of their half term break. Revision plans help ensure that all subjects are covered and there is a good balance between relaxation and revision. For Fourth Form guidance, click here. For Remove, click here. For our recommended Revision Plan template, click here.

Also, please see https://dcslibrary.com/revisionkit for further resources.


Pupils Driving Into School – 6th Form Only

In order for us to ensure the safety of all our pupils, it is essential that we obtain certain details. If your son or daughter currently drives to School, or intends to drive to School in the near future, we would be grateful if you could carefully read the attached letter and then complete and return the proforma provided at your earliest convenience to the Front Office. We really appreciate your assistance in this regard.


Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award

We have now launched the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Programme to all the 4th Form pupils, which presents a really exciting opportunity. Please see the attached enrolment form as well as the Bronze Planner.

If you have any questions about the Programme, please don’t hesitate to contact Mrs Rachel Beecham on rbeecham@deanclose.org.uk, who is our Duke of Edinburgh Co-ordinator.


Remembrance Sunday Service

10 November, 10.50am

This Service represents a very important part of our calendar as we remember those who lost their lives during conflicts. We require all pupils to report to their Houses at 10.30am for registration.

Parents of Day Pupils are welcome to wait in the Dining Hall during the Service, where Tea and Coffee will be available. Sadly we are unable to accommodate parents in the Chapel for the Service due to this being a whole school event.

09.45 Choir Rehearsal Starts in Chapel

10.30 Registration in House

10.45 Seated in Chapel

10.50 Service of Remembrance Starts

12.00 Collection time for Day Pupils


Advent Concert

Friday 6 December

With half term being a good opportunity for shopping, it is worth mentioning the dress code for performers in the Advent Concert. The theme for this year’s concert is ‘A Night at the Movies’ and with this in mind we would like to go for Hollywood Glamour. Do please put this date in your diaries.

The girls are encouraged to wear full length coloured dresses (similar to  Commem) – the more glamourous the better and the boys can either wear black shirts and black trousers or if they want to wear DJ’s, then that is perfectly acceptable. If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Allen on callen@deanclose.org.uk.


Christmas Fair

Thursday 5 December

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. If anyone would like to have a table at the fair please email jkent@deanclose.org.uk.


Get your EARLY BIRD discount before half term ends!

This December, we are running a Christmas Hockey Camp here at Dean Close and as always, it is open to all girls and boys. We are offering an EARLY BIRD discount of 10% if you book your son/daughter onto the camp for the full 3 days only. Early bird discount will end on Tuesday 5 November. There is no discount code needed, it is already calculated in the overall price for 3 days.

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 15th April – Sunday 19th 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 21st 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 now 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


Auction of Promises

Join us for an evening of fundraising and music. Get your Christmas shopping underway and bid on tea with an alpaca, a Christmas cake, a portrait sitting, one-to-one sports coaching or a curry at the Kents! Tickets on sale now.

The canapés will be prepared and served by our Upper Sixth Leiths group.

All proceeds from ticket sales and from the Auction will go to the Julie Kent Foundation Award for a transformational bursary.  For more information please visit www.deanclose.org.uk/jkfoundationaward and Click here to book your tickets.

Choral Society

Parents, Staff, ODs, Friends, Neighbours – all are welcome to join the Dean Close Choral Society; an ability to read music at some level is helpful.  Rehearsals are on Tuesdays at 7.00pm for an hour in the Prince Michael Hall (PMH).  The rehearsal dates for our next concert are:

5th, 12th, 19th & 26th November

14th, 21st, 28th January

4th February

Afternoon rehearsal on 9th February.

Work:  Puccini’s Messa di Gloria

Performance:  Sunday 9th February in the Pittville Pump Room as part of the Senior School’s Spring Concert

Contact Sylvia Klemz (shklemz@deanclose.org.uk or 01242 258000 ext 272) if you would like further details.


Ultimate Activity Camps

Ultimate Activity Camps are back this October half term and will be here at Dean Close on Monday 28th Oct – Friday 1st Nov 2019.

  • Days run from 8:30am until 5:15pm* (Extended Day Pass for an extra £5 covers 8am-6pm)
  • For children aged 4-14 years
  • Book by the day or week.
  • Children get Some Fresh Air Fun, Meet New Friends and Try New Activities!
  • To book a place, please visit their website ultimateactivity.co.uk  or call their friendly and helpful customer service team on 0330 111 7077.


The Week Ahead

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website 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:


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