Highlights of the Week:

  • Great Inter-house Bake-Off on Friday night which was highly competitive and demonstrated the superb skills of those involved. Making a Swiss Roll from scratch without a recipe is quite a feat.
  • Dale House Soiree showcased some wonderful talent with one of the highlights being the rendition of Postman Pat.
  • The Inter-house Tug-of-War on Monday.
  • Year 8 Parents’ Information Evening provided a great opportunity to meet many of the new parents.
  • The U16 Boys’ Hockey came 2nd in the National Finals, losing to Whitgift in a hard fought final. We are very proud of their achievements.
  • The U18 Boys also played with real determination in their National Finals but were outclassed on this occasion and finished 4th in the country.
  • We wish the U14 girls the very best as they compete in their National Hockey Finals in London on Wednesday 2 May.

Key Dates

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

Commemoration Weekend: Saturday 26 May

Field Day: Monday 30 April

The dress code on Monday is Mufti (own clothes) for those who will be on site. The pupils have all been sent an email with the detailed breakdown of the day, but the basic principles are as follows:

4th Form – Duke of Edinburgh

Remove – CCF

5th Form – Normal Lessons

Lower 6th – Academic Workrooms Morning / Poverty Gap Afternoon

Upper 6th – Academic Workrooms Morning / Poverty Gap Afternoon

We also have a number of pupils and staff sleeping out on Sunday night raising money for the YMCA, raising money and awareness for the homeless in Gloucestershire and further afield.

Celebration of Music: Wednesday 2 May

The Headmasters of Dean Close Preparatory and Dean Close Senior School warmly invite you attend this special event taking place on Wednesday 2 May in Centenary Hall. Please see below for further details.

Yoga in the Park: Dean Close, Cheltenham, Friday 11 May at 7.30am

We would like to invite you to join us for a massive yoga event that will be held on Friday 11 May. At 7.30am, the Dean Close School Community including pupils, staff, past and present parents, friends and ODs will begin the day together for a 30 minute outdoor yoga session on the school playing fields. The session will be led by Dean Close’s own professional yoga teacher, Olivia Duffin and will be followed by a nutritious breakfast outside.

The purpose of this event is to encourage participation from as many people as possible in order to raise funds for the children’s brain tumour charity Blue Skye Thinking. Given that two of our colleagues have lost their children to this devastating illness, the charity is close to our hearts and we would urge you to open the link below to read more about Skye’s story and understand a little more about the impact of this illness.


We would be delighted if you are able to join us and would be very grateful if you would register your interest by following the web link, which also allows you to make a donation through JustGiving whether you are able to be with us or not.

Lunchtime Concert: Chapel Arts, Cheltenham

On Friday 4 May from 1.00 -1.45pm, Music Scholars from Dean Close School will be performing a lunchtime recital at Chapel Arts, Knapp Road, Cheltenham, GL50 3QQ.
We warmly invite you to join us for some excellent music in this beautiful new venue.

Performing: Louis Morford, Jeff Gao, Daniel Barrow, Doris Choi and Ben Crossley

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.

CCF Camp: Saturday 23 to Friday 29 June

Please note that the annual CCF Camp will take place between the above mentioned dates and is compulsory for all Remove pupils and takes place during the official school term. Parents will have received details in a specific mailing.

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.

Alex Chalk, Friday 22 June – A Day in the Life of an MP

Join us on Friday 22nd June at the Dean Close Business Club for:’A Day in the Life of an MP’ with Cheltenham MP Alex Chalk.Refreshments will be available in the Bacon Theatre from 7.45am, with the session beginning promptly at 8am and finishing by 9am.

To register, please click here.

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.