Comedian Rory Bremner has officially opened the new building at Dean Close Preparatory School which has been named ‘The 1914 Centenary Hall’. This wonderful new school facility, which is noticeable to everyone who drives down the Lansdown Road in Cheltenham, provides the 280 Prep School pupils with a new 360 seater theatre, an additional music suite, 9 academic classrooms and a formal reception area. The building has been named in memory of the 128 young men from Dean Close School who died in the first world war.

The event was attended by 350 guests, including the mayor, parents, pupils and friends of the school. The proceedings began with a speech from the head of trustees Kathryn Carden, followed by the Headmaster Roger Jones who said “The School is thrilled to be opening such an impressive building at the heart of its operation. It will undoubtedly be a wonderful facility for many years to some.”

Visitors were then entertained by a group of young pupils who played A HARD KNOCK LIFE (FROM ANNIE): Performed by DCPS Chamber Choir and Drama Department PRAISE BY G. DYSON: Performed by Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School OH BRING BACK HIGHER STANDARDS BY P. DIXON: Performed by Liam McKinnes, Felix Nelson & Sam Porter (DCPS Year 8 Scholars) THEME FROM POMP & CIRCUMSTANCE NO.1 BY E. ELGAR: Performed by DCPS Orchestra EPILOGUE FROM A MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S DREAM BY W. SHAKESPEARE: Performed by Benjamin Crossley (DCPS Year 8 Scholar) Rory Bremner then officially named the building ‘The 1914 Centenary Hall’. In his speech Rory said that the new Theatre will help reinforce the school’s reputation for producing great theatre. “To have a facility like this in a Prep School, not just the hall but the whole building, is really impressive. Dean Close already has a strong tradition for drama and has produced some amazing things over the years.” Mr Bremner then went on to say “I love the atmosphere here and the support they give the children.”

The event was a concluded with balloon release in memory of the fallen in the First World War.