Highlights of the Week:

  • The Remembrance Service on Sunday provided a poignant reminder of those that have lost their lives in conflict around the world, and an opportunity to commemorate the end of World War 1.
  • On Tuesday we hosted prospective 16+ entrants for 2019.
  • The Modern Foreign Languages Department attended lectures in Bristol on Wednesday.
  • U6th Historians enjoyed an interesting day in London on Thursday.
  • Oscar Jack gave an outstanding performance on his Clarinet at this week’s Fridays @ 6 Concert. A real treat!
  • The U6th Leiths candidates treated their guests to a fabulous range of delicious canapes while fulfilling one of their course criteria.


Important Letters

4th Form – Lent Term Creatives and GCSE Choices for September 2019


Calendar Amendment

Pink Dinner scheduled for Thursday 22 November has been postponed until next term.


Term Dates

The Term dates for the academic year 2019-2020 have been published and can be found here.


GCSE Choices Booklet

During the first half of next term we devote a good amount of tutorial time to help pupils choose their GCSEs for September 2019. Pupils will also be developing their Careers Exploration and Awareness in Skills Lab to help inform their choices.

In brief, nearly all pupils study a compulsory set of six subjects (English, Maths, a Modern Foreign Language or English Language Training and Science, with both English and Science counting as two GCSEs.) They choose a further four GCSEs, which may include a third Science GCSE or a second Modern Foreign Language. The process is described in the introduction to the “GCSE Studies” booklet, which can be found here on the website. The booklet also contains information on all the GCSE (& IGCSE) subjects. If you have problems with this link, please email amloveys@deanclose.org.uk.


Acoustic Night

Sunday 18 November at 7.00pm in the Prince Michael Hall

Do join us for our annual Acoustic Night, for an opportunity to hear something slightly different from our talented musicians. There is a very relaxed atmosphere, with a number of original pieces written by the pupils. We look forward to seeing you!


Art Department Exhibitions

The School’s Art Department is hosting an exhibition of Art and Design work by current Year 11 pupils of the work they undertook in Year 10.  The exhibition will run in the BonBernard Gallery from 19 November – 11 December.  See Poster below.

You are cordially invited to the Private View of this Art & Design work on Monday 26 November, 5.00 – 7.00pm. All are welcome for drinks and nibbles in the BonBernard Gallery.

This is also a Department Open Evening where Sixth form will be on hand to give more detail and answer any questions you may have regarding their experience of the GCSE and A level Art courses at Dean Close.



GCSE Certificates for all pupils who took exams this Summer at Dean Close School were given out in the Dining Hall on Wednesday morning.

All pupils were asked to take home at the earliest possibility for safe keeping.


Concert of Chamber, Instrumental and Vocal Music

Wednesday 21 November at 7.15pm, Prince Michael Hall

Parents, pupils, staff and visitors are all welcome to come along to our concert on Wednesday evening in the PMH.  A number of our most accomplished instrumentalists and singers will be performing both solo and chamber items, and Sinfonia, Chamber Choir and our new group, Ripieno Strings, will also be on the programme.  The music will range from Gluck to Ginastera, taking in Beethoven, some Romantics and Bartok along the way.

Further details are available from Sylvia Klemz (01242 258000 ext 272 or shklemz@deanclose.org.uk).


Christmas Charity Fair, 29 November 2018

Stallholders Tables are available at £20.00 with all proceeds going to charity.

If you would like to reserve a table please contact Julie Kent, jkent@deanclose.org.uk.



SCHOOL MUSICAL, 6th, 7th & 8th DECEMBER 2018

Booking is open for this year’s School Musical and tickets have been selling fast. To book your tickets please go online to the Bacon Theatre. Do please book promptly to avoid disappointment.


Parental and Spectator Support at Sport Fixtures

Please could we politely request that all parents of boys and girls playing sport at Dean Close, read the attached code of conduct and help us as a School to provide the right environment for your sons and daughter to play sport at every level. Unfortunately, it has been evident that parents of children at both Dean Close and our visiting schools, have occasionally crossed the line of appropriateness. Not only does this put unfair pressure on the staff involved, but it shapes the behaviours of the boys and girls who are playing and often causes increased stress and anxiety, neither of which are helpful for their overall development. It is without doubt that, as a School, we are extremely grateful and proud of the support that we get from families on match days, however it is important to remind ourselves of the roles we can play in facilitating positive experiences for all.


Business Meeting

Please join us at the next meeting of the Dean Close Business Club on Friday 23 November at 8am, in The Pavilion

‘Why milk makes a difference; leadership versatility in a changing world’

Aurea Fellows and Christine O’Shea from business psychology consultancy Piccadilly Beck talk about the power of psychology to support business leaders, their teams and organisations to develop the versatility to succeed in a complex world.

To register, please click here.


The Week Ahead

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar.

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