Highlights of the Week:

  • Art exams are underway for both the GCSE and A level pupils.
  • Theatre Trip for the 4th and Remove to see the The Winslow Boy.
  • On Thursday evening we welcomed members of the St John’s on the Hill community to Cheltenham.
  • Fridays at 6 saw Lucy Pickering and Dan Barrow demonstrating their considerable skills in each of their disciplines.
  • Uganda Dinner on Friday evening saw parents and pupils sharing together and hearing about last year’s trip. Thanks go to those pupils who spoke so eloquently about their time out there.
  • The Dressage Team won the County Championships over the Easter break and will go on to represent Gloucestershire later this term.
  • We look forward to our Tennis and Cricket fixtures getting underway today.
  • We wish the U16 and U18 Boys’ Hockey teams the very best as they compete in the National Finals next week at Lee Valley in London.

Key Dates

Exeat Weekend: Friday 4 May 4.00pm – Monday 7 May (Boarders return from 6.00pm)

Commemoration Weekend: Saturday 26 May

Commemoration: Friday 25 & Saturday 26 May

If you missed the mailing at the end of last term, please refer to Lent – Week 11 for the Invitation to Commemoration. For practical reasons, it is worth noting that our Half Term does not start until Saturday 26 May at 4.30pm.

Summer Uniform

In the Summer term, as an alternative to wearing the normal school uniform, the following applies:


Lower School – Summer shirts, jackets, no tie. If they are cold, they may wear a school jumper WITH their jackets, but NOT instead of their jackets.

6th Form – No change


Lower School – No change

6th Form – No change

If and when consistently warm weather warrants the announcement of the ‘Summer Dress Code’, pupils will be entitled to remove their jackets and leave them in their Houses. This does not give pupils the dispensation to look scruffy, but enables them to be more comfortable.

Summer Dress Code – Girls may remove their jackets, but may not wear a jumper instead of a jacket. Boys must continue to wear a tie, but may roll their sleeves up, if they so choose.

Macbeth, RSC Live: Bacon Theatre

On Wednesday 2 May the English Department will accompany the 5th Form to the Bacon Theatre to watch the recent RSC production of Macbeth. It is an excellent opportunity for our pupils to see this acclaimed production of Macbeth shortly before they sit their GCSE Literature paper on Friday 25 May. It is also an excellent opportunity to experience live theatre without the lengthy coach trip that usually entails.

All pupils will be required to meet in the Bacon at 6.50pm. The performance starts at 7.00pm and has a running time of 2 hours and 15 minutes. Therefore, day pupils will be ready for collection at 9.30pm.

I hope that parents will support this opportunity and agree to £10.40 being added to your son or daughter’s school bill to cover the ticket cost. If you have any queries, do please contact kmledlie@deanclose.org.uk.

This opportunity is clearly available to any other pupils who are wanting to see this production of Macbeth.

Post A Level Planning

Following the presentation which Mr Mochan gave to the Lower Sixth and their Parents/Guardians on Friday 23 March, please find below the links to the websites which were discussed as well as a copy of the presentation.

UCAS Information for Parents and Guardians.


Getingofar.gov.uk: Apprenticeships

Please feel free to contact the relevant member of the Careers and University staff should parents or pupils have any specific questions.


Thank you to all those who have returned the paperwork for 4th Form Camp. However, there are a large number of pupils whose Parental Permission Slip and the Student Medical Form have not been returned. In case you have mislaid the details, please click on the link to see the Letter to Parents, Parental Permission Slip, Student Medical Form, and the Kit List.

5th Form Skills Week: Monday 25 to Friday 29 June

Please find attached, the details of the 5th Form Skills Week as well as an Options and Parental Permission Slip which needs to be completed and returned to Mrs Richards at rerichards@deanclose.org.uk by Friday 4 May. This is entirely optional, but provides a really good opportunity for pupils, once they have finished their exams, to engage in activities and courses to enhance and develop their skill set.


Dean Close School is proud to be once again organising its own NSEA Inter – Schools Show Jumping Competition at Rectory Farm, Duntisbourne Abbots, Nr Cirencester on Sunday 10 June 2018. This competition has grown from year to year. It is an extremely popular show attracting many competitors from other schools. Last year we had over 232 competitors and 32 schools take part.

The show hosts 5 Classes in all, of which 3 are national qualifiers for both teams and individual at 90cm, 1m and 1,10m while the 70cm and the 80cm classes will, for the first time, count towards the Regional Points League Competition for Schools. Being so well attended, this is an excellent showcase for new and established businesses to promote their services and products as marketing is given to the show sponsors on the schedule which goes on the NSEA website, in the take home programme, on the rosettes and trophies.

The Equestrian Club would be delighted to hear from you if you or your business would like to support the Show as a 2018 National Class Sponsor.

National Class Qualifier Sponsor – £200 per class

As the National Qualifier Sponsor you would be sponsoring one of the NSEA qualifying classes and as such the class would be named after yourself/ company. The company name would also appear on the winner and runner up trophies and again in the Schedule with your logo. There will also be a full page advert within the Programme which is printed and distributed on the day.

For further information please contact Fleur Cradock, Head of Equestrianism fecradock@deanclose.org.uk

Business Club

Sara Lewis, Friday 4 May – Why do businesses need to tell a story?

Sara Lewis from Kestrel Communications will be providing a presentation on Friday 4 May on why businesses need to tell a story.You will learn the reasonswhy storytelling is so important in today’s business environment; understand the key story elements and where they can be found in every business. Refreshments will be available in the Pavilion on big field from 7.45am, with the session beginning promptly at 8am and finishing by 9am.

Social Evening: Royal Wedding Quiz

Please see below, the invitation to attend this social evening on Friday 18 May.

Our Close Community Golf Day is back!

All ODs, current and past parents are invited to join us for a round of Golf at Minchinhampton Golf Club on Friday 18 May.

£50 per person or £15 for members to include Bacon Rolls and Refreshments, Competition, Prizes and Lunch.

To book, please click here. If you have any questions, please contact Connie at caparker@deanclose.org.uk or call 01242 267419.


It is often at this time of year, that we see hair styles which push the boundaries of what we find acceptable. Our expectations can be found in our Code of Conduct.

‘Hair must be clean and tidy. It must not be dyed or cut in an extreme style. Boys’ hair must be clear of the collar and ears, sideburns must not come below the level of the lower ear, and boys must be clean shaven. Girls’ hair should be clear of the face and Lower School girls must have their hair tied back during the School day and official events.’

Leave of Absence Requests

Any request for Leave of Absence during term time needs to be submitted to the Deputy Headmaster (ashall@deanclose.org.uk) via the Housemaster at least a week in advance. During the busy school week, it is often difficult to have all the necessary conversations unless we have time to work these requests through. Leave is only granted in exceptional circumstances as any absence from lessons places additional pressure on the pupils to catch up on work that they have missed. In line with legal guidelines, pupils should not be taken out of School without the School’s permission.

SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Award: Independent School of the Year

Dean Close needs your votes!!! We are thrilled to announce that Dean Close has
been shortlisted for this award.

We would love it if you could vote for us, it only takes a few minutes.

https://www.soglos.com/awards/vote Help us Win!!!

Winning this award would be a wonderful way to give public recognition for the extraordinary and usually invisible efforts every pupil and member of staff make to create this remarkable community.

Dean Close is not just a school but a vibrant, creative and colourful community of incredible individuals who work together to create an environment where each and every pupil is given the opportunity to achieve and thrive. Staff and pupils give over and above what is requested of them time and time again, staying late for music rehearsals, travelling to matches in all parts of the country, organising visits, trips and speakers to enrich pupils’ learning, providing extra coaching or tutoring to achieve the very best grades or just reassuring a pupil who may be missing home. Within a caring, supportive and secure family environment everyone at the school strives to help the pupils become the very best that they can be not only for themselves but in their relationships with others around them as well and with a particular emphasis on service to the wider local, national and international community.

Voting closes on the Monday 30 April 2018

The Week Ahead

For those parents who are wanting to upload the School Calendar to smart phones, google calendar or similar, you are able to use the following URL:


CLICK HERE to access the Live Website Calendar.

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