Highlights of the Week

  • The Music Scholars’ Concert on Friday provided a wonderful evening of entertainment, and we were delighted to have Helen Porter with us in the audience.
  • The Leiths pupils provided a wonderful assortment of canapes after the Scholars’ Concert, which is part of their coursework requirement. What a treat!
  • Pupils and Staff gathered on Sunday to mark Remembrance Day with a poignant service. We are grateful to all the day parents who brought their sons and daughters in.
  • RocSoc on Sunday evening was a really successful event with amazing lighting and sound effects. Well done to all the performers.
  • The U14 Netball team played superbly to win the County title on Monday to progress to the Regional Finals, and the U16s lost narrowly in the final of their County Championship.
  • Upper 6th Historians enjoyed their trip to London on Tuesday.
  • On Tuesday we welcomed Admissions Officers from USA and other overseas universities to talk with our pupils. Well attended and very useful!
  • Blue Caterpillar were back in talking to the 5th Form about revision techniques, a sign that exams are drawing near.



Due to water-logged pitches, a number of rugby fixtures have been cancelled tomorrow. Please see below for updated information:

Changes to Fixtures

All away rugby matches at King’s School, Worcester – cancelled due to flooding on their pitches.

1st XV Rugby – venue changed to Oxtalls Campus, Gloucester – KO 2.30pm

2nd XV Rugby – venue changed to Oxtalls Campus, Gloucester – KO 4.15pm

All other home matches are cancelled due to water-logged pitches.

Training will take place as normal (off the pitches) – 1.30 – 2.30pm.

All hockey fixtures will take place as normal.


Fifth Form Parents’ Presentation and Meeting

22 November 2019

On Friday 22 November at 3.15pm we will be hosting a Fifth Form Information Meeting for all of the Fifth Form along with their parents and guardians.  The information meeting will give details on Sixth Form studies at Dean Close and we will run through the timeline between now and the end of Fifth Form.

This meeting will take place in the Bacon Theatre and immediately precedes the Parents’ Meeting which starts at 4.00pm in the Dining Room.

We would encourage as many parents and guardians to attend as possible.


Dean Close Email

Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 November

As a result of the problems during the recent half term, we have some essential corrective work to complete on the email system.

The email system will be offline and will not be accessible from Saturday 16 November at 14.00 for a period of 24 hours. All incoming emails sent during this time will be held in a queue and will be delivered when normal system service resumes.

There may also be a period of slower performance affecting the email system into Monday as further work is carried out in the background, but this should clear up as the day progresses. The fewer the number of emails that are coming in during this period, the quicker we will be able to get the system running at full capacity.

Thank you for your patience and understanding in this regard.


GCSE Artwork Exhibition

Monday 25 November

Please join us at our EXHIBITION & OPEN STUDIO PRIVATE VIEW taking place on Monday 25 November from 4.15-6.30pm.

This event takes place in the Art School where guests will be able to view an Exhibition of Year 10 GCSE Artwork which will include examples of drawing, painting, ceramic sculpture, digital photography and print-making.

Refreshments will be served throughout the evening. We very much hope that you will be able to join us and would welcome any other friends or family you would like to bring along.

GCSE and A Level Certificates

All pupils who took GCSE or A Level exams this Summer at Dean Close School will be able to collect their certificates from the Dining Hall on Monday 18 November at morning break.

We shall be asking all pupils to take these home at the first opportunity for safe keeping.


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.


Floss Friday

Brook Court will be selling candy floss every Friday lunchtime in the day village from next Friday (exeat Friday). Every pound raised will be donated to teamtrees – every £1 plants a tree!

It should help out carbon footprint but also help to bring the houses together in the middle of the day village space.



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


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.