It is a great pleasure to wish all of you a very Happy New Year and we trust that you have all had an opportunity to enjoy some time together with members of your families.

The Lent Term isordinarily a slightly congested and busy one, and if the first week is anything to go by, then this is certainly going to be the case! In addition to our normal sporting programme, we have three hockey teams, namely the U16 and U18 boys, and the U18 girls away at their respective National Indoor Finals. Please seeThe Week Aheadfor further details of these important competitions.

There are a number of social events on the horizon for parents to engage in as well as some fantastic lecture opportunities, and for the 5th Form the term starts with their Trial Examinations.

Term Starts:

Monday 9 January 2017 – Boarders return from 6.00pm

Tuesday 10 January 2017 – Day pupils return at 8.15am

It is important to note that we start back on Week B of our two week cycle.

School Uniform Policy Change

A decision has been taken to amend the Uniform Policy for the girls with immediate effect from the start of the Lent Term. All girls in the Lower School will be required to wear their school jackets during the school day. This decision has been taken for the following reasons:

  • Opinion prevails that the girls look much smarter at occasions when they are required to wear their jackets
  • It offers parity between the girls and the boys, and

  • Provides a place for the girls to put their phones.

The girls already have jackets and therefore this comes with no additional cost to parents. With their jackets, the girls also have the option of wearing a jumper, or foregoing that, and simply wearing their jackets. In the classroom, as is the case for the boys, the girls can seek permission to remove their jackets whilst working. If you have any questions in this regard, please do not hesitate to contact Deputy Headmaster, Mr Andrew Hall on

4th Form GCSE Presentation – Monday 9 January

This is a reminder that on Monday evening at 6.00pm, there is a very important presentation in the Bacon Theatre which is primarily for all 4th Form parents but pupils are very welcome to attend. This includes a presentation from Mr Alastair George, Director of Fourth Form Studies, on the process of how pupils choose their GCSE’s, followed by a talk from Jacquie Davis, Deputy Head (Pastoral), speaking on “Internet Issues”.

Dates of Parent Meetings – Lent Term

Friday 10 February, 4.00pm, Dining Hall – Remove

Friday 10 March, 4.00pm, Dining Hall – Fourth Form

Thursday 30 March, 6.00pm, Library – L6/U6

Friday 31 March, 12noon, L6 UCAS Meeting, Bacon Theatre followed by the Parents’ Meeting for U6 and L6, Dining Hall

EXEAT Weekends

Please note that the Senior School do not have an EXEAT weekend during the first half of term, but there is one in the second half of term from 4.00pm on Friday 10 March to Sunday 12 March.

Reminder January GCSE Trials: Tuesday 10 January – Saturday 21 January

Fifth Form students will be out of lessons to sit GCSE trials in the Old Gym. During this period, they will be on a study leave: Day Pupils only need to be in for the trials, while Boarders are expected to work in Houses. Meanwhile, all students in teams are expected to meet games commitments, and any extra-curricular lessons need to be arranged around the trials. Timetables are available on the Pupil and Parent Portal, under School Report / Internal Exams. If your son or daughter is going to be absent from any of the trials, please contact his/her Houseparent.

Easter Revision Courses

This is an invitation reminder about our 2017 Easter Revision Courses for A/AS Level and GCSE. We are holding an information evening on Wednesday 25 January in the Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School at 6.00pm. Please RSVP to Lydia Day at: by Friday 20 January.

Charity Valentine’s Dinner Dance

On Friday 10 February, the Pied Piper Appeal will be hosting a Dinner Dance in the School Dining Hall. Parents and friends are most welcome. For further details and to purchase tickets, please contact Julie Kent on

Charity Casino Night

HCPT Group 3 are hosting a professional Casino Evening on Saturday 4 March. Do come and join us for a fun-packed evening. Please note that this is not a gambling event. ‘Fun Money’ is included in the ticket and no-one is going to leave the event any poorer or richer than when they arrived as a result of participating in the Casino Games.

School Shop

The School Shop has enjoyed a successful first term following the co-location of The Uniform Exchange. Following the move parents and students now have access to second hand items during the School Shop’s opening hours. All second hand items can be purchased with cash or cheques.

As well as stocking all the required uniform for the Dean Close schools The Shop sells many other items including a selection of stationary, toiletries, cards, stamps, trainers along with a variety of equipment for the schools’ main sports of hockey, rugby, cricket & tennis.

There is also plenty for the Old Decanians with ties, pins, cuff-links, books and other merchandise including the Heritage range which currently has a sale on certain items including the half zip sweater and polo shirts.

A dry cleaning service is also available for students and parents. Crown Dry Cleaning collect and return items on Tuesdays and Fridays during term time.

The School Shop’s opening hours are term-time:

Mondays & Fridays: 8:00am – 12.30pm 1:30pm – 4:00pm
Tuesdays, Wednesday & Thursday: 9:30am – 12.30pm 1:30pm – 6:00pm
Saturdays: 10:00am – 12:00pm 12:30pm – 3:00pm

The Week Ahead

Please find below the latest version of the week ahead.