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.

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.

We try to limit the amount of email traffic to parents for obvious reasons, but this Weekly Mailing is a valuable source of information so do please endeavour to read through it.

It feels as though the School is already very much in session, the staff have been here preparing for the New Academic Year, and many of the pupils have been honing their skills on the sports fields.
This weekend has seen the arrival of our new Overseas Boarders, and they appear to have settled quickly into their new surroundings.

The Estates team have worked hard on a large number of projects over the summer and we are very grateful for their commitment and dedication.

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 4 September at 8.15am

Location: House Rooms

Dress code: Suits


Lower Sixth (Year 12)

When: Sunday 2 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 4 September at 8.15am

Location: House Rooms

Dress code: Normal School Uniform


Remove (Year 10)

When: Tuesday 4 September at 8.15am

Location: House Rooms

Dress code: New School Uniform


Fourth Year (Year 9)

When: Monday 3 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: New 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 8.20am on Monday 3 September in Mufti (own clothes).
  • All current boarders return on Monday 3 September at 6.00pm.
  • Full details: Day 1 for New Fourth, Remove and 5th Form
  • Full Details: Day 1 for All Lower 6th Form


Michaelmas Term Calendar

Pupils will be issued with instructions on how to upload the School Calendar to their mobile devices, and parents will receive a hard copy in the post. The Calendar is also available online via our website, and this is where we will publish any updates and amendments throughout the course of the year.

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:

Term dates for rest of the academic year can be found by following this LINK.


House Contact Details

We are introducing a new system of contacting the House and Housemaster (HsM) or Housemistress (HsM) by mobile phone and email. The purpose of this is to ensure that information is acted on in a timely manner and to safeguard pupils, staff and parents when using digital technology.

There will be four main channels of communication:

  1. House mobile phone
  2. Housemaster or housemistress mobile phone
  3. House email address
  4. Housemaster or housemistress email address by surname.

The numbers and email addresses are as follows:

House HsM Phone HsM email
Brook Court 07341 885046
Fawley 07469 140351
Gate 07469 140585
Shelburne 07884 666218
Tower 07486 289452
Turner 07884 667534
Dale —– bpprice@deanclose.or.guk
Field —–
Hatherley —–
Mead —–
House House Phone House email
Brook Court 07884 667292
Fawley 07884 667287
Gate 07884 667294
Shelburne 07884 667293
Tower 07884 666192
Turner 07884 667295
Dale 07584 356954
Field 07825 413580
Hatherley 07825 214315
Mead 07469 159824

For further information about which channel of communication to use please read the attached letter from Mrs Davis, Deputy Head Pastoral.

If you have any questions or require further clarification about this arrangement please contact the relevant HsM, or Mrs Davis on


Leave of Absence Requests

Any request for Leave of Absence during term time needs to be submitted to the Deputy Headmaster ( 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 4 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.


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 7 to Monday 8 October

Upper 6th: Friday 14 to Monday 17 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.


An evening exploring applying and studying at Oxford University

The Oxford University Society of Gloucestershire are hosting the event ‘An evening exploring applying and studying at Oxford University’ which will be held on Wednesday 19 September, from 6.30 – 8.30pm at The King’s School, Gloucester, and will include a talk about admissions and a panel discussion with current Oxford undergraduates. For further details, please see the attached flyer and letter from Mr Sumner.


Gum Shield Fitting: Thursday 6 September

At Dean Close, gum shields are compulsory items when your son or daughter is playing rugby and hockey. If you would like for your son or daughter to be fitted with a gum shield by Opro, our new providers, then please do follow the instructions on the attached flyer.

If you have any questions in this regards please contact Mr Baber-Williams at


Rosanna Tatchell OD, “Highlights” Exhibition

We are delighted to welcome back Rosanna Tatchell to show her work “Highlights” in the BonBernard Gallery from Friday 7 September to Friday 5 October 2018.

After seven years at Dean Close School, Rosie went on to pursue her passion for art, and completed an art foundation course at Banbury College (Oxford and Cherwell Demontford University). She then attended The Charles H Cecil Studios in Florence for three years and it was there that she studied traditional drawing and oil painting techniques. Since returning to England in 2011 Rosie has made art her career. She always has commissions on the go and has taught herself how to paint still-lives, landscapes and animal portraits.

Rosie’s work hangs in private collections across England, and Europe. Work on display here is for sale.


Dean Close Remembers – Sunday 16 September 2018

This event, which takes place in the Bacon Theatre, is to mark the Centenary of the end of WWI and the part that Dean Close pupils and masters played in the conflict.

3.00pm Matinee Performance
7.00pm Gala Evening Performance (black tie and decorations)

Refreshments will be served and there will be a ‘pop-up’ museum in operation an hour prior to the performances.

The event is free, but ticketed. Tickets are available from the Bacon Theatre website by clicking here.

We very much hope that you are able join us on this important date; it is a special opportunity for all our schools and former pupils to join together as a community.


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


The Week Ahead

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar.

If you have any queries or comments, please contact