Highlights of the Week 

  • Being together with the Upper 6th and their parents, participating in our Leavers’ Service in the Marquee. You can view the Service HERE! 
  • Celebrating the achievements of the Upper 6th and having the privilege of listening to Dame Sarah Connolly singing with the Carducci Quartet live at our streamed Speech Day event. 
  • The opportunity for the Upper 6th to spend time together at their Leavers’ Dinner and reflect on their time at Dean Close. 
  • The Bronze Duke of Edinburgh award assessment expeditions for the 4th Form and Remove took place. 
  • Activity week which included a wide range of exciting choices including a day with the Young Film Academy. 
  • Our intrepid pupils and Mr Ascham who completed the section of the Cotswold Way from Bath to Cheltenham covering 110km in 4 days. 



Key Correspondence Dates 

Tuesday 6 July – Headmaster’s End of Term Letter & Reports for 4th Form, Remove and Lower 6th 

Tuesday 10 August – A Level Exam Results

Thursday 12 August – GCSE Exam Results

Friday 13 August – Covid Update 


New Bus Routes & Timetable: September 2021 

Pre-Season Training: Girls’ Hockey and Boys’ Rugby 

Music Concert Recording: From Friday 25 June 


Contact Tracing: End of Term 

We are hoping that this won’t be necessary, but we would be grateful if you could contact us on ashall@deanclose.org.uk if your son or daughter develops any Covid related symptoms anytime between 1.00pm on Friday 2 July and 1.00pm on Sunday 4 July. This covers the critical 48-hour ‘contact’ time period for contracting the virus whilst your child was in school. 

If any pupils were to display symptoms during this window, and then test positive, we would be required to contact Public Health England, and make contact with the pupil’s close contacts, who would then need to self-isolate according to government regulations. 


Testing: Government Guidance  

We have been notified that pupils and staff do not need to continue Lateral Flow Testing during the summer holidays. If pupils want to continue testing to provide confidence, they are welcome to do. 

“Regular testing will pause in education settings over the summer except for in those that remain open such as summer schools, out of school settings and those that do not operate on a term-time basis. In these cases, only those attending should continue to test regularly. However, testing is still widely available and kits can be collected either from your local pharmacy or ordered online.” DfE, 28 June 2021 


Leavers’ Photograph 

The recent Leavers Group photograph taken at Dean Close School is online and available to order at the below site: 


If you have any queries, please feel free to contact Gillman & Soame directly at enquiries@gillmanandsoame.co.uk or on 01869 328200. 


Music Lessons 

Music lessons will continue automatically in September for all pupils who currently learn an instrument or have singing lessons, unless notice was received and acknowledged in April.  If your son/daughter doesn’t already have lessons and would like to start, please complete this sign-up form by Monday 16 August and we would be very pleased to add them to the department’s timetables.  https://forms.office.com/r/rZJS1htthN 

If you have any queries about music tuition, please contact Dom Franks (Director of Music) dafranks@deanclose.org.uk or Sylvia Klemz (Music Department Administrator) shklemz@deanclose.org.uk, who will be pleased to advise you. 


Junior Critical Essay Competition 

Please see the attached information about this year’s Junior Critical Essay Competition, as well as some tips on writing the essay. 


Opro Mouthguard Fittings 

9 September 2021 

Please see the attached letter from Mr Baber-Williams relating to Mouthguard fittings in September. These are ordered directly through the supplier, but if you have any questions, please contact info@oprogroup.com or gnbaber-williams@deanclose.org.uk 


Dean Close Services 

Dean Close Sports Camps 

Dean Close Services Sports Camps are back this Summer 2021 and we hope you are as excited about them as we are! All camps will take place at Dean Close School, will be delivered by our own specialist coaches and are open to all girls and boys.  

Please click here for our Dean Close Services Courses page – this has all the dates for all available sports camps. You can also now book and pay too.  


Ultimate Activity Camps  

UAC will be back this Summer, from 19 July – 27 August.  

  • Days run from 8:30am until 5:15pm 
  • For children aged 4-14 years 
  • Book by the day or week 
  • Children get Some Fresh Air Fun, Meet New Friends and Try New Activities! 
  • All covid secure measures put in place 

See their website for full details of their activities, Covid-safe policies, and special offers: www.ultimateactivity.co.uk or call their friendly and helpful customer service team on 0330 111 7077.  


Ride for Ryder 

We are welcoming the return of the Ride for Ryder event; a big charity bike ride event for the Sue Ryder. The event will take place on Sunday 8th August on the main school playing fields, with set up on Saturday 7th August. For further details of the event, please visit their website: https://www.sueryder.org/support-us/fundraise/events/ride-for-ryder-the-sportive-2021 


Parent’s Tennis – Michaelmas Term 2021 

We are always looking to encourage new faces to our Parent’s Tennis programme, so please do sign up if you were thinking about it! 

Tennis sessions take place each week in term time, at the following times: 

Wednesday Cardio Tennis: 8.45am-9.30am 

Thursday Intermediate Tennis: 8.30am-9.30am 

Friday Advanced Tennis: 8.30am-9.30am 

We are looking at bringing back Monday Beginners Tennis, so if you are new and/or wanting to give Tennis a go, please get in touch!  

If you are interested in any of the above sessions or would like further information, please get in touch with Lydia Day on: 

E: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk 

T: 07469159825 (Commercial Lettings Mobile) 


Dean Close Swimming 

We’re pleased to announce the launch of Dean Close Swim School starting this September 2021. 

The 10-week course runs from: 5 September – 21 November 2021 (half term 24 – 31 October 2021 excluded) 

Please follow this link to view our brochure and to submit an enquiry for lessons:  



The School Calendar 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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