Highlights of the Week 

  • Seeing the pupils back in school. 
  • The way in which the Upper 6th and 5th Form have approached this week’s assessments.
  • The playing fields and tennis courts adorned with pupils playing sport and enjoying the sunshine. 
  • The blossom on the trees and the stunning flowers planted by the Gardening Club outside the Cookery School last term. 

Please don’t hesitate to make contact with the School if you have any questions.  



This is a reminder that we are expecting all pupils and staff to us their home testing kits twice a week as part of the National asymptomatic testing programme for school pupils. We would be really grateful if parents and guardians could support us in this process by reminding pupils to continue testingAll pupils have been issued with a new set of 7 tests. See below for details of how to perform the tests. 

Home Testing Covid-19: How to Guide

Home Testing Video 


Saturday Uniform  

4th Form & Remove 

This is a reminder that all 4th Form and Remove pupils attend Saturday lessons in School Games kit. Tracksuit trousers MUST be worn in academic lessons. 


Angus Caton Memorial Bench 

After a heroic fight against brain and later spinal cancer, Angus died aged 14 1/4yrs on 28th June 2020. His family are raising funds to commission a metal bench to be made by a local blacksmith and placed outside Dale House in the Senior School. Angus loved Dale and Dean Close but his strength, resilience, and indomitable humour was also a huge inspiration to all who knew him. The bench will provide a special place where pupils can congregate, relax and remember the gift and joy of life.  

Further information and the donation page can be found here: 


Fifth Form: Guide to Effective Revision  

To support the vital revision phase during trials and assessments, the Fifth Form attended a Revision Assembly (https://youtu.be/0eM0qH0ulj4before the Easter break. This was followed by Revision Workshops available to all pupils. Materials discussed (including revision plans and trackers) and presentations used can all be found at: https://dcslibrary.com/revisionkit. 


Outdoor Adventure: All 4th Form 

 24-25 April – Save the Date 

Tomorrow sees the 4th Form engage in a range of outdoor activities. After lessons at 12.10pm, pupils will attend their usual Games commitments, followed by lunch at 1.20pm. 

After lunch, they proceed to Big Field where they will be guided through a variety of outdoor activities, including map reading, tent building, camp cooking, as well as having the opportunity to enjoy fire pits and orienteering. 

Please see the attached letter which was previously distributed to all 4th Form parents. 


Cricket Coaching 

Dean Close is proud to offer a range of 8 week Cricket Specialist Programmes on Tuesday & Wednesday evenings commencing 18 May 2021 run by our very own Director Cricket Mike Powell (ECB 4, former Glamorgan CCC and Kent CCC) in partnership with GECKO cricket.  

The sessions are open to everyone aged 8-18, not just Dean Close pupils and all abilities are catered for.  

You can book using the click through below or you can book in person by calling or emailing Ryan Higgins on 07969 997303: ryan@geckocricket.com 

The link to book – https://geckocricket.com/product/specialist-cricket-camps/ 


English Chamber Orchestra & Voces8 

Tuesday 27 April, 4.00-5.30pm 

Please join us for an Online Concert and live e-Gathering hosted by the Music Department, Dean Close School. 

Presented by Dr Joseph Fort, of King’s College London, with members of the English Chamber Orchestra and Voces8do join the world-famous English Chamber Orchestra and their friends from VOCES8 vocal ensemble in a special educational Concert and e-Gathering. 

The programme is designed to link with, and to enhance, wider listening in the GCSE and A-Level curriculum; also suitable for those in Y9 wishing to take GCSE Music. 

Please see attached flyer for full details and a sign-up link. 


DCS Library Online 

Access a wide range of resources from home with https://dcslibrary.com/. Reminder: for our Online Research Kit @Home go to https://dcslibrary.com/orkathome and use the password:”Flecker1886” to access login details for our many research databases. 


Cricket, Tennis, Strength & Conditioning 1:1s  

We are delighted to be able to resume our sports 1:1s when we return in the Trinity Term. Please do contact Mrs Gore in the Sports Department if you have any queries or would like to enquire about 1:1s. 



Online Summer School for Remove Pupils 

University of Gloucestershire  

Monday 2 to Wednesday 4 August

Experience a taste of university life and learning online with current student ambassadors and academic staff. With interactive subject tasters, societies, and activities. See here for more details (also: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cKc6U9p_ZJU) and go to http://bit.ly/Y10Summer to apply. Deadline for Applications: Monday 3rd May 2021 by midnight. 


Cheltenham Educational Partnership 


Dean Close is acting as one of the 7 collection points around Cheltenham for laptops and tablets to be cleaned up by IT Schools Africa and redistributed to disadvantaged pupils. Please click here for an UPDATE on the success of the project thus far! 



The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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