Highlights of the Week 

  • Getting a glimpse of what is to come in the penultimate week of term as the U6th rehearse for the production of The Importance of Being Earnest. 
  • Seeing the confidence with which our 55 pupils took to the stage in their LAMDA exams yesterday. 
  • The live online production of Money by Isla von Tricht was much appreciated by the Drama Department pupils on Tuesday. 
  • The Film Society’s viewing of ‘Nomadland’ on Wednesday evening. 
  • Seeing the quality of the work produced by our 5th Form in their GCSE Food Preparation and Nutrition practical assessments this week.  




  • Please wash your hands regularly with soap and water, and sanitise when you enter and leave a classroom, dining hall, house room (day or boarding) 
  • Adhere to the face mask guidance – AS SEE BELOW!  
  • It is really important that pupils and staff seek to maintain their 2m distance from one another at all times, when not wearing a mask.  

We are expecting all pupils and staff to use 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 set of tests, but if they are running out they should ask their Housemaster for a replacement. See below for details of how to perform the tests. 

Home Testing Covid-19: How to Guide

Home Testing Video 



17 MAY 

Pupils will be relieved to hear that following the latest Government Guidance, we are making changes to our school guidelines relating to the wearing of masks. It is vital that pupils adhere to the guidelines outlined below: 


  • Pupils must wear masks on entering all academic buildings 
  • Pupils must put on their masks before standing up to leave a classroom  
  • Pupils must wear masks while queueing to enter the Dining Hall 
  • Pupils must wear masks in the Dining Hall at all times, unless they are sat down. 


  • Once inside the classroom and sat down, they will be allowed to remove masks  
  • Whilst sat down in the Dining Hall 
  • Pupils do not need to wear masks inside their House rooms 
  • Pupils do not need to wear masks while moving around the campus outdoors. 

In summary: 

In all buildings apart from House rooms:  




As of September 2021, we will be changing our transport partner for the daily bus service from Eagle Line to Pulhams and Sons. 

Pulhams have a lot of experience in school transport and will be implementing a number of improvements to the service including an app that will allow parents to see when their child has boarded a bus and where the bus is in real time as it makes its way along the route.  

We will be sharing more information on how to book for September over the next few weeks, but please be reassured that the aim is to keep all of the existing service and add to it rather than removing any existing routes. 



Please note that we have made a change to our Half Term Dates in February 2022  to keep our half term dates in alignment with the local Gloucestershire schools. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please see the new dates below: 


Tuesday 11 January – Friday 25 March (12 noon) – 10 weeks 

Monday 10 January (Boarders return, 6.00pm) 
Start of Term: Tuesday 11 January  

Exeat: Friday 28 January, 4.00pm – Sunday 30 January (Provisional)  

Half Term: Friday 18 February, 4.00pm – Sunday 27 February (Boarders return, 6.00pm)  

Monday 28 February – 2nd Half of Term Begins   

End of Term: Friday 25 March, 12 noon  


4th Form: Bronze D of E Assessment Dates 

We will be running the 4th form Bronze D of E assessment from Monday 28 to Tuesday 29 JunePupils will need to come to school for normal registration time dressed for D of E with rucksacks packed and ready to go on Monday the 28th. Pick up will be from the sports hall at 5pm on Tuesday the 29th. Please direct any D of E questions to Mrs Beecham: rbeecham@deanclose.org.uk or expedition and equipment questions to Mr Beecham: adventure@deanclose.org.uk 


Remove Bronze D of E Assessment Dates 

We will be running the Remove Bronze D of E assessment from Wednesday 30 June to Thursday 1 JulyPupils will need to come to school for normal registration time dressed for D of E with rucksacks packed and ready to go on Wednesday the 30th. Pick up will be from the sports hall at 5pm on Thursday the 1st. Please direct any D of E questions to Mrs Beecham: rbeecham@deanclose.org.uk or expedition and equipment questions to Mr Beecham: adventure@deanclose.org.uk 


Return to Sports Fixtures 

We are delighted that we are returning to inter-school matches 

Please see below, instructions on how to access the details of our fixtures using SOCS. Unfortunately, we are not able to welcome spectators on site at this point in time, but we are very much hoping to be able to do so before the end of the term. 

If you have any questions, please contact Mr Baber-Williams on gnbaber-williams@deanclose.org.uk  

You can access the team sheets and match details in two ways: 

  1. Go to this website, and click on the relevant fixture and team. When you click on the little blue person icon, it will ask you for the password, which is DCS2021. 
  2. You can also access your son or daughter’s team sheets by logging into their SOCS account by using their School email and password. 


Speech Day Weekend 

Below are the proposed timings for Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June. An official invitation will be following in due course once we have finalised details. 

Friday 25 June   

7.00pm Music Concert (time provisional) 

9.00pm Jazz in the Village (time provisional) 

Saturday 26 June 

12.30pm Leavers’ Service: Chapel 

1.15pm Buffet Lunch & Picnics 

3.00pm Speeches: Marquee 

4.30pm Refreshments in Houses 

7.00pm Leavers’ Drinks 

7.30pm Leavers’ Ball 


Charity Bike Ride 

In Memory of Helen Porter 

Helen was a Dean Close teacher, Director of Music, tutor, parent and colleague who joined Dean Close in 1987. In the summer of 2019, Helen was diagnosed with cancer before passing away in September 2020. There is a beautiful piece about Helen in this year’s Decanian written by two long standing colleagues and friends. Helen’s husband, Michael, and her daughter Amy (who teaches at DCPS and DCS) are the inspirations behind the Helen Porter Bike Ride from Cheltenham to St Ives that will take place in two groups – one in May and another in July – to remember Helen and raise money for the Brain Tumour Charity. You can read more about their story and show your support HERE.

Army Careers Webinar 

Monday 17  May, 6.30pm 

If you would like to join a live Q&A session to learn more about the exciting careers opportunities as a regular Soldier or Officer in the British Army, please use this link to sign up for a webinar from the Army Officer Recruiting Team. 


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/ 


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. 



Dean Close Services  

Swim School 

We will be offering swimming lessons in the Dean Close School swimming pool. Our Swim School is open to all children of all ages, delivered by fully qualified and ASA Accredited teachers and will run over a 10-week course. Please click the link below, which will take you to our new Swim School brochure for more information:


Sports Camps 

Dean Close Services Sports Camps are back!  

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.  

To register your interest, please email Lydia Day on: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk 



Parents’ Tennis Programme 

We have spaces available in our Wednesday Cardio, Thursday Intermediate and Friday Advanced lessons and would love to welcome lots of newcomers to any of these sessions. All sessions are delivered by our fantastic DC coaches, on the school courts.  

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  

In addition, if you are new to and/or wanting to give Tennis a go for the first time, we are looking to bring back Monday Beginners Tennis, so get in touch with us to show your interest! 

If you are interested in any of the above sessions, please register your interest with Lydia Day on: enquiries@deanclosevenues.co.uk  



Ultimate Activity Camps 

UAC will be back at Dean Close School during the Summer Holidays and we suggest that you book early to avoid disappointment (dates can be changed free of charge up to 14 days before your first day on camp).  

Please see online for dates and activities www.ultimateactivity.co.uk or call their very friendly and helpful team  

on 0330 111 7077. 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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