An exciting initiative launched in October is the Cheltenham Education Partnership, in which Dean Close will collaborate with 8 other state and independent schools, and many local organisations, to promote educational opportunities for secondary school pupils and staff.

The launch coincided with a debate hosted here at Dean Close by Jeremy Vine, and a number of pupils contributed to a discussion with other schools about how their education has, or has not, prepared them for life in the 21st Century, challenging the school leaders and politicians present and prompting a vibrant debate.

Other pupils have already contributed to a Science Festival climate change project, attended an astronomy taster session and discussed biomedical ethics. CEP will also provide many opportunities for staff development, with upcoming Heads of Science and Royal Society of Chemistry teacher meetings.

In addition, activities already take place, and more are also now being actively planned, to cement links
with local primary schools Lakeside, St Mark’s and Christchurch. This involves staff and pupils from DCPPS, DCPS and DCS.