Highlights of the Week 

  • Charity Bake Sale saw a feast of baked goods being sold in aid of the Brain Tumour Charity in memory of Helen Porter and Angus Caton’s Memorial Bench. See below for more details. 
  • Spill the Tea (see last week’s mailing) was a real success with Evie and Sydney representing the school brilliantly at this CEP event. 
  • So good to see our pupils playing tennis matches this week and finally, some cricket matches too!



Contact Tracing: Half Term 

We are hoping that this won’t be necessary, but we would be grateful if you could contact us on office@deanclose.org.uk if your son or daughter develops any Covid related symptoms anytime between 5.00pm on Friday 28 May and 5.00pm on Sunday 30 May. This essentially 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. 


Lower Sixth Exams 

Tuesday 8 June – Saturday 12 June 

The Lower Sixth exams take place in the Old Gym straight after the half-term break.  During the exam week, the Lower Sixth pupils are on study leave; day pupils only need to come in for their exams, while boarders can study in Houses when not sitting an exam.  Because there are exams on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, the pupils are not expected to do Games then but are expected to meet any other team commitments.  Pupils should check the iStudent App (but not the Portal) to access the latest exam timetable.  If there is any error or you know any authorised absence during the trials, please email Dr Bradley at mbradley@deanclose.org.uk asap.  


Grade Cards 

Fourth, Remove and Lower Sixth; Music Reports for all years 

Grade cards for Fourth, Remove and Lower Sixth Pupils have been published on the Parent Portal and iParent App along with instrumental music reports for all year groups.  Please log into the Parent Portal at https://deanclose.parents.isams.cloud/ 

If you have any problems logging in, please email Mr Adichareh at isams@deanclose.org.uk 


Upper Sixth Prepare Week 

Monday 14 to Friday 18 June 

Dean Close proudly presents our 2021 U6 Prepare Week, a five day programme of academic seminars & lectures, talks, professional development workshops, career insight webmeets, and wellbeing activities, to support our leavers in their transition into university, the professional world, and beyond. Click here to view the range of events. A full timetable and online form will be released after half-term for pupils to choose their daily options. 


Speech Day Weekend 

Below are the proposed timings for Friday 25 and Saturday 26 June.  

It is vital for our planning to understand how many people we are needing to cater for on site. To this end, please register your intention to attend by filling in the form accessed through this QR Code: 

Friday 25 June   

7.00pm Music Concert 

9.00pm Jazz in the Village (time provisional) 

Saturday 26 June 

12.00noon U6th Leavers’ Photograph: Chapel Close 

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 

Please note: This event is subject to change in line with government guidelines closer to the time. We will keep you informed. 

It is very much our intention to host all pupils and the parents who would like to attend, BUT if we are unable to move forward as planned, we will reduce numbers in the marquee by eliminating groups in the following order: 

4th Form Parents / Remove Parents / L6th Parents / 4th Form Pupils / Remove Pupils / L6th Pupils / 5th Form Parents / 5th Form Pupils. 

We are planning to stream the event live for those who are unable to attend, and are also considering using the Theatre and Chapel as additional spaces to stream the event to, thus reducing the numbers in the Marquee but still enabling pupils and parents to be on site to share in the day. 


Drama Productions 

TUCKWELL THEATRE (Bacon Theatre if inclement) 



by Oscar Wilde 

21 and 22 June, 7.30pm 

The most sparkling comedy ever written in the English language. 

“In matters of grave importance, style, not sincerity is the vital thing.” 

Come and wear your green carnations and see accomplished and stylish actors Ethan, Matt, Grace, Lily, Sydney, Beth, Tom and Georgie give their farewell performances in the stunning sylvan setting of the Tuckwell Theatre. 



by William Shakespeare 

23 and 24 June, 8.00pm  

The L6 Theatre Studies set, with a little help from 4ths and Removes, are presenting Shakespeare’s romp as a Glastonbury Rock re-write: come and see these loonies fall in and out of love (one with a donkey…), while some naughty supernaturals cause havoc in the woods, and a group of useless actors try to put on the worst play ever 

**Details of performances, tickets, seating and social distancing (or not) will be published after half term. TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL THEN. 



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: 



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. For the early risers – you might want to come and see them off at 6am on Saturday 29 May from Shelburne Road. 

You can read more about their story and show your support HERE.

Pied Piper & Belmont Charity Walk  

Sunday 6 June 

Belmont School will be hosting the ‘Walk 4 Wellbeing’ on Sunday 6 June. All visitors should arrive at Belmont around 12.30pm. There are 3 great routes for adults or children of all abilities.  There is lots of parking, route plans for all visitors, and in addition the PTA team will be there with tea and coffee upon return 😊. 

 Please do join them and promote this fun activity to all you know, you can sign up via the Pied Piper Website or just turn up on the day. 

Here is the link: https://www.piedpiperappeal.co.uk/walk-4-wellbeing/ 


Leiths Virtual Open Evening 

Celebration of Music 

Please find below a link to the Celebration of Music Across Dean Close Foundation Concert, which we hope you will all enjoy. This is being shared on social media as part of the National Arts Festival. 

Thank you all for your support of music across Dean Close Foundation. 



Archive Competition 

Memories of Covid 

Please see below, how to enter the competition being run by our School ArchivistEntries will be kept in the Archive Collection permanently and used by the school in its work, by researchers in the future and any other purposes the school feels appropriate. By submitting an entry you are agreeing to these terms.  

Please send your entry to Grace Pritchard-Woods, Archivist  pritchardwoodsg@deanclose.org.uk 


Dean Close Services  

Swim School 

Dean Close is offering swimming lessons for all ages! 

Our swim teachers are fully qualified, ASA Accredited and DBS checked. We follow Swim England, ‘Learn to Swim Stage 1-7’ and with our small class sizes, we can give your child the encouragement they may need.  

Sessions run on: 

Monday: 6.30pm – 7.30pm 

Thursday: 6.30pm – 7.30pm 

Sunday: 8.30am – 11.00am 

5th September – 21st November 2021 (half term 24th – 31st October 2021) 

Classes are 30 minutes and allocation time is dependent on your child’s level.    

We have been receiving lots of enquiries already, which is fantastic so please keep them coming in! 

Click the link below, which will take you to our new Swim School brochure and enquiries form. 



Sports Camps 

Dean Close Services Sports Camps are back this Summer!  

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.  

Further details for each of the camps can be found here: 


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. 


Cheltenham Educational Partnership 

The CEP is offering a Sustainable Fashion project after Half Term, which might be of interest. This might be good for GCSE pupils perhaps, but others may be interested too. 


The Week Ahead 

CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar. 

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