Highlights of the Week

  • Historians enjoyed a fantastic trip to Berlin over half term taking in a range of famous landmarks.
  • The HUB Getaway weekend was enjoyed by all over the half term break.
  • The U15 boys enjoyed a really successful tour to the Langley Park Festival and continued their good form into their National Plate Competition match which they won 53-0 this week.
  • The Senior Girls’ Hockey Tour of Scotland proved very successful and hugely constructive.
  • Oxbridge Candidates engaged in their pre-interview assessments on Wednesday 30 October.
  • The Remove artists spent the day at the Natural History Museum in Oxford on Monday.
  • U14 Girls’ Hockey won the West Prelims and now go through to the West Finals to fight for a place in the National Finals.
  • U18 Girls’ Hockey beat King’s Taunton 5-0 in their National Cup game to keep themselves on track for a place in the National Finals.



Environment Group: Letter from our Pupil led group


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


Parent Hub

We are pleased to launch a brand new Parent Hub: https://www.deanclose.org.uk/dc-hub/

All of the links you are used to, are still available in an updated format that we hope is more user friendly. You will also now be able to view the weekly sports fixtures photographs from this platform.



Sunday 10 November

Do join us for a bit of Boom, Crash, Bang as our pupils emulate the stars of Rock ‘n Roll. It will certainly be loud and there are lots of groups taking part in this annual opportunity for non-classical musicians to perform.  It is exciting to hear these groups, most of which are formed on the pupils’ own initiative.


DCS International Universities’ Fair

We are very fortunate to be hosting a group of admissions staff from a number of international universities and you are warmly invited to come along and meet them on Tuesday 12 November in the Dining Room between 3.30 and 4.45pm.  The event will an informal ‘fair’ with representatives from universities in the USA, Canada, Spain and Switzerland. Mr David Hawkins, an independent consultant from Hawkins Global Education will also be available with Mrs Montgomery, to offer advice to parents and pupils considering a future in a university outside the UK.

Please do contact Mrs Montgomery at any time (chsmontgomery@deanclose.org.uk) or make use of the wealth of information on the school library website, under the heading ‘Futures’ at https://dcslibrary.com/.


Auction of Promises

Friday 15 November

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.


Evensong at St Paul’s Cathedral

Monday 18 November

Friends and family are very welcome to join us at St Paul’s Cathedral to hear the Dean Close School Chapel Choir sing Evensong at 5pm, followed by informal drinks at the Happenstance, Paternoster Square from 6pm.

Please email development@deanclose.org.uk if you would like to join us or would like any further information.


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

Friday 6 December

Do please save the date for our biennial Advent Music Concert taking place on Friday 6 December. It promises to be an entertaining evening.



Prep School Production

There is availability for each of the 3 performances on Wednesday 27, Thursday 28 and Friday 29 November at 7pm in the Centenary Hall. The performance running time is approximately 2 hours and the production is suitable for all ages.

Tickets (free of charge) for our production are now open to the general public via the Bacon Theatre website www.bacontheatre.co.uk.


Christmas Shopping

You and your friends are all invited to this event at the John Lewis Store in Cheltenham. Please email jkent@deanclose.org.uk to indicate how many people you will be bringing or if it is just yourself, it would be good to know that too! We look forward to seeing you there on Tuesday 3 December. Please email if you are wanting to attend.


Dean Close Ski Trip: January 2021

We are pleased to announce the Dean Close Ski Trip for January 2021.  The trip being proposed is to the Waterville Valley resort in New Hampshire, USA.  The dates are Friday 1 January to Saturday 9 January 2021.  The trip will included 5 days skiing and 1 day sightseeing in New York.

The exact cost will be dependent on numbers but we are envisaging a price of around £1650, which will include everything except lunches.

At this stage, we are simply looking to confirm numbers of those interested.  If you would like your son/daughter to be included, please can you email Mr Mochan at dcmochan@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.



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


GCSE Presentation & Pastoral Briefing

Monday 6 January

There is a GCSE information presentation for 4th Form parents on Monday 6 January, starting at 6.30pm in the Bacon Theatre. This will outline the compulsory parts of the year 10 & 11 curriculum, the choices available, and the process itself. It will be followed by a pastoral briefing from Jacquie Davies, Deputy Head (Pastoral).


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


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:

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.


The Week Ahead

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