Highlights of the Week:

  • Empathy Action came in on Monday and provided an interactive workshop for the 6th Form entitled the Poverty Trap in a recreated refugee camp.
  • The cross-school Celebration of Music Event on Wednesday 2 May showcased talent from the Pre-Prep all the way through to the Upper 6th.
  • The A level artists are relieved to have finished their practical exams after a very busy and intense week. Do wander in that direction at Commem, the final pieces really are worth seeing.
  • The 6th Form Classics Symposium brought our Classicists together and offered an opportunity to share a classic Greek dinner followed by each staff member in the Department presenting on a topic of their interest which lies outside of the curriculum.
  • Sunday night’s concert at Deerhurst Church went extremely well and the School has received some wonderfully positive feedback.
  • It was a delight to have been invited to play a Lunchtime concert at Cheltenham’s latest venue, Chapel Arts.
  • The U14 Girls played well to finish 2nd in their Pool at National Finals and should be justifiably proud of their achievements.
  • Sports Day on Thursday afternoon proved to be a really enjoyable afternoon with some superb individual performances.

RocSoc: Tuesday 8 May, 7.30-9.00pm

This is a reminder that next week sees our annual RocSoc take to the stage in the Bacon Theatre with our pupils making a lot of noise as they wow the audience with Rock numbers old and new.

COMMEM: Picnic Hampers

We are once again offering the opportunity to purchase picnic hampers for Commem. Please see below for further details and contact Karen Evans on office@deanclose.org.uk to order your Hamper.

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.

Parents’ Society Talk: Dave Parvin

It was tremendous to see so many parents at the talk on Saturday 28 April. We have had some very positive feedback and through consultation with Dave, we felt that it would be useful for parents to have access to some of the literature that Dave has provided us with.

We look forward to publishing the date for the next talk in our series, which will take place next term.

5th and Lower 6THForm Pupils considering University in the USA or Canada

On Monday 14 May representatives of six US/Canadian universities will be coming into school to meet pupils and parents. This is a perfect opportunity to find out more about the system, the opportunities it provides, and to ask any questions that you have. Please see the attached flyer for more information or contact Mrs Montgomery on chsmontgomery@deanclose.org.uk

School Musical 2018

We are delighted to announce that the School Musical 2018 will be MY FAIR LADY By Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe, and will be directed by The Director of Drama.The performances will take place in The Bacon Theatre on 6, 7 and 8 December 2018 (last night is Black Tie Gala Night).

It was made famous by the multi-Academy Award-winning film starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison and contains such ear-catching songs as:

Wouldn’t It Be Luvverly

I Could Have Danced All Night

The Rain in Spain and

Get Me to the Church on Time

Auditions for the pupils have already begun, and we hope to announce a cast before the end of term. Applications for tickets will be fierce – the show always sells out on all three nights – so please watch for ticket announcements early in the Michaelmas Term and do put the dates in your diary.

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.