Highlights of the Past 2 Weeks 

  • Senior Riders Emily, Mimi, Bella and Katherine, put in excellent riding performances over half term to take 6th Place in the NSEA Eventer Challenge National Finals at Hickstead. They were one of only eight schools that finished on a zero score out the 34 teams that had qualified for a place in the Nationals. 
  • The 1st XI beating King’s Worcester by 8 wickets, with a half century from Nick.
  • The Helen Porter Charity Bike Ride set out from Shelburne Road at 06:00 on Saturday 29 May and arrived in St Ives at 20:30 on the Sunday evening. Over 250 miles were covered and £8k was raised. You can read more about their story and show your support HERE.



  • 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
  • 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 testing. All 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 


Returning Overseas Boarders 

Notification of Quarantine Courses 

We will once again be offering Quarantine Courses for pupils arriving from International destinations ahead of the new academic year as follows: 

Red List Countries – Tuesday 24 August 

Amber List Countries – Thursday 26 August 

We are of course aware that there might be movement of status, but we are hoping an early indication of dates is useful for booking flights. 


Dean Close Show Jumping Event 

Sunday 13 June 

We have just had confirmation that we are allowed spectators to attend in family bubbles in of a group of 6. It would be great to get this out to parents of the Foundation. See below for further details! 


Uganda Group Activities 

Next week the Uganda Group will be organising a few events with three main activities during the week: 

  • No Waste Week in the Dining Hall 
  • Wednesday Webinar in the Bacon Theatre 4.15-5.00pm with short presentation by the Uganda Group followed by questions put to a panel of Laura Mears, Frankie Knight and me – as three people covering the history of our Uganda Link 
  • Friday fundraising day for Nyakatukura, with pupils wearing an item of clothing with their school uniforms in the colours of Nyakatukura – blue, white or orange. 


Futures Programme 

On Monday 14 and Tuesday 15 June, pupils in the Lower Sixth will be attending sessions designed to help them with their post Dean Close Plans.  There will be a whole range of activities available (see below), and it is hoped that they will help the pupils at this important stage of their schooling.   

Mr Mochan (Higher Education Coordinator) and Mr Suckle (Head of Careers) will be organising the sessions.  

   Monday 14th June   Tuesday 15th June  

AM 8.55-1.20  



Careers Planning, UCAS Logon, Employability, and Personal Statement workshop   CV, ODs panel, and Universities rotation   

PM 2.20-4.00  



Specific Sessions  

Oxbridge, Apprenticeships, Overseas, Medicine,  GAP Year, and Entrepreneurship 

Games as usual 


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. A full timetable and online form can be accessed below: 

Here is the options form for next week’s Prepare Week 2021  

You may want to glance through the full programme and the event timetable before you complete it, but descriptions of the events are included in the form. It is worth taking some time with this as there is a lot on offer. 


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 shortly. TICKETS ARE NOT AVAILABLE UNTIL THEN. 


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 

Saturday 26 June 

12.00noon U6th Leavers’ Photograph: Chapel Close 

12.30pm Leavers’ Service: Chapel 

1.15pm Buffet Lunch & Picnics (we are providing a buffet lunch as an alternative to the picnics we have offered in previous years, which is available to all parents)

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 as many 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. 


Summer Concert 

Our Summer Concert (formerly Commem Concert) takes place on Friday 25th June at 7.00pm in the Bacon Theatre and we are very pleased to be able to invite an audience, albeit small and socially distanced – tickets will be necessary.  The formal concert is followed by the customary informality of Jazz in the Village and as this part of the evening is outside there are no tickets needed – we would just ask parents to come and enjoy the music whilst being mindful of social distancing; a cash bar will be operating. 

Under current restrictions, we can accommodate up to a maximum of 150 people inside the Theatre in groups of 2 to 4; we also hope to live-stream the concert (or make a recording available soon afterwards).  We are rather in limbo awaiting guidance on any easing of restrictions and may need to act very quickly as soon as the Government makes further announcements.  Until we hear otherwise, our intention is to allocate seats in the following order: 

Soloists’ parents 

Other U6 performers’ parents 

Soloists’ music teachers 

L6 performers’ parents 

5th form performers’ parents 

Remove performers’ parents 

4th form performers’ parents 

Academic staff and Board of Trustees 

Other U6 parents 

Any other parents 

The groups performing in the theatre are Concert Band, Close Harmony, Senior Clarinet Ensemble, Chamber Choir and Sinfonia, and there are also various solo performances.  Music will include Saint-Saens Cello Concerto no 1 (1st movement), Vivaldi Winter and Saint-Saens Carnival of the Animals.  Once outside, Jazz Band, various jazz combos and the 4th form choir will be on hand to entertain you. 

Please would you fill in the form on this link as an expression of interest in tickets (up to a maximum of 2 per family) https://forms.office.com/r/MXVHekPsKS; do not include performers in your numbers.  We doubt that it will be possible to accommodate everyone who wants to come, and we ask for your understanding. 


Leiths Virtual Open Evening 

Classics Podcast 

The Dean Close Classics Podcast is an opportunity for pupils to share their love of the ancient world outside of the syllabus by researching a topic they have not studied in class and presenting their research and ideas to a non-classicist and the host, Miss Jackson. Our inaugural episode takes a look at Viking Women, from their everyday lives to shield maidens and Norse goddesses with one of our Classics students, Bella. We have exciting plans for future episodes. 


Archive Competition 

MeCLICK HEREmories of Covid 

Please CLICK HERE, to see how to enter the competition being run by our School Archivist. Entries 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  

Bacon Theatre 

All shows on sale now through the website: https://bacontheatre.ticketsolve.com/shows 


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 


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, which might be of interest. This would 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.