It gives me great pleasure to welcome back those of you who are existing parents and guardians and indeed those of you who are joining Dean Close for the first time. It feels as though the School is already very much in session, having had the rugby and hockey squads in training all of last week, and the staff have been here preparing for the New Academic Year. This weekend has seen the arrival of our new Overseas Boarders, and they appear to have settled quickly into their new surroundings.

Over the summer there have been some exciting developments, and I have no doubt that the 6th Form in particular will enjoy the benefits of their new 6th Form Social area, and the refurbishment and replacement of the carpet on Ellams Hockey pitch will transform that playing surface into a first class facility. The Estates team have worked incredibly hard on a large number of projects and we are very grateful for their commitment and dedication.

This Weekly Mailing provides the Portal which will give you information about forthcoming events, trips and excursions, reminders about dress code, policies, and a host of other exciting news. I trust that you will find this helpful.

I trust that your sons and daughters will have a happy and constructive year!

Start of Term – Reminder

Please see below for the information relating to the start of term for each of the individual year groups:

Upper Sixth (Year 13)

When: Tuesday 5 September at 8.15am

Location: House Rooms

Dress code: Suits

Lower Sixth (Year 12)

When: Sunday 3 September at 6.00pm – Headmaster’s Welcome and Dinner for Pupils and Parents

Location: Bacon Theatre

Dress code: Suits

Fifth Year (Year 11)

When: Tuesday 5 September at 8.15am

Location: House Rooms

Dress code: Normal School Uniform

Remove (Year 10)

When: Tuesday 5 September at 8.15am

Location: House Rooms

Dress code: Normal School Uniform

Fourth Year (Year 9)

When: Monday 4 September at 11.00am for Boarders and 11.30am for Day Pupils

Location: Drop Off Bags in House Rooms and proceed to the Dining Hall

Dress code: Normal School Uniform and sports kit for the afternoon sports session.

In addition:

  • All NEW pupils in Remove and the Fifth Year are required to arrive on Monday at 11.00am, drop off bags in Day Rooms and proceed to the Dining Hall. From there, you will be guided through to the Theatre for the Headmaster’s Presentation at 12 noon.
  • All Lower Sixth are required to report to House Rooms at 8.45am on Monday 4 September in suits, but should bring Mufti (own clothes) for the evening outing.
  • All current boarders return on Monday 4 September at 6.00pm.

Leave of Absence Requests

Any request for Leave of Absence during term time needs to be submitted to the Deputy Headmaster (ashall@deanclose.org.uk) via the Housemaster, well in advance. Leave is only granted in exceptional circumstances as any absence from lessons, places additional pressure on the pupils to catch up on work that they have missed.

Sports Sessions – Tuesday 5 September

All the Fifth and Upper Sixth Form pupils have Sport on Tuesday afternoon as part of the Curriculum, so it is important that they bring the appropriate kit into School on the very first day of term.

Michaelmas Term Calendar

Pupils will be given a hard copy of the calendar at the start of term, and parents will receive a copy in the post. The Calendar is also available online, and this is where we will publish any updates and amendments throughout the course of the year. Term dates for rest of the academic year have also been published in this calendar.

Geography Field Trips

This term, there are two Field Trips which are a compulsory element within the Geography courses both at GCSE and at A-Level. Please see below, the details for each of these Field Trips:

Remove: Sunday 8 to Monday 10 October

Upper 6th: Friday 15 to Monday 18 September

Road Safety

Parents are asked to remind their sons and daughters that, when they are crossing Shelburne Road in particular, they should cross at the pedestrian crossing.

Pupils Driving Into School – 6th Form Only

In order for us to ensure the safety of all our pupils, it is essential that we obtain certain details. If your son or daughter currently drives to School, or intends to drive to School in the near future, we would be grateful if you could carefully read the attached letter and then complete and return the proforma provided at your earliest convenience to the Front Office. We really appreciate your assistance in this regard.

CU Getaway

We are delighted to announce that our CU Getaway will be taking place again this year for all Senior School members who would like to come. We will be leaving School directly after the first half of term has finished on Friday 20 October, and returning on the evening of Sunday 22 October. It promises to be a refreshing and fun time of fellowship, and discipleship. Please do make a note in your diaries now; more details to follow.

Parents’ Prayer Fellowship

Please see the attached notification relating to the Parents’ Prayer Fellowship Group which meets regularly throughout the term. We would be delighted to see you!

Dean Close Community Events

The Events Brochure for the upcoming term is now available online. Please click here for more information on events in the School calendar that are open to friends, Parents and guests. Postal copies will be arriving at UK addresses soon – if you don’t receive one, please contact our Development Office at development@deanclose.org.uk.

Parents’ Tennis

We have a very active Parents’ Tennis programme. If there are any parents who are interested in joining these weekly sessions, please see the attached document for further details.

The Week Ahead

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar.

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