Highlights of the Week:

  • The Cheltenham Performing Arts Festival has seen a large number of our pupils performing in a combination of monologues and duologues.
  • Those members of the Community that have recently turned 18 were hosted at Dean Close House for the 18th Birthday celebratory dinner.
  • DCPS hosted a very successful Royal Wedding Quiz on Friday night which brought parents and staff from the three Cheltenham Schools together.
  • The Bowden Society Debating evening saw the motions of gender and the legalisation of drugs being debated on Friday evening, with a great deal of skill shown by staff and pupils.
  • The Golf team recorded a good 3-1 victory over Marlborough College on Tuesday.
  • On Tuesday, Jed Nelson from Tower House, won through to the National Finals of the Boarding Schools Association Bake-Off competition.

Commemoration: Friday 25 and Saturday 26 May

Please see attached, the Commemoration Weekend timings. This year, our Service will once again be taking place at Tewkesbury Abbey, and if you are intending to join us for this special occasion, we would be grateful if you could complete and return the attached Attendance Reply Slip, if you haven’t already done so.

Dress Code: Please note that the dress code is Formal. All girls are entitled to wear dresses to the Friday evening Concert, and all the 6th Form girls wear dresses on Saturday to the Service at Tewkesbury Abbey and to the Speeches and Prize Giving. In The Abbey, we expect shoulders to be covered. Dresses should not be too short and not too tight. Boys are required to wear black shoes on this occasion as stipulated in our School Policy.

Parking at The Abbey: There are 3 public car parks in close proximity to The Abbey, namely,

St Marys Lane Car Park, GL20 5RU

Vineyards Car Park, GL20 5PG

Gloucester Road Car Park, GL20 5SW

Parking at Dean Close: Please note that parking will be available on Humpty Dumpty on Friday evening (GL51 6EP) for the Concert and Jazz, and on Big Field on Saturday (GL51 6HE).

The entrance to Big Field Parking is through the gates opposite the Chapel and not via the Sports Hall Drive.

Year Group Hosting: We are planning to set up picnic areas around the Cricket Boundary for the different Year Groups, so that parents can gather in those particular locations if they so wish. Feedback from previous years has been, that it is sometimes difficult for parents to locate other families from their child’s year group. We hope that parents find this useful, and if any parents would like to act as a host to introduce parents to one another, please contact Mr Hall on ashall@deanclose.org.uk.

End of the Day: It is important to note that Commemoration Day does not end until after tea and strawberries in the Marquee at 4.30pm.

We are providing transport for all the pupils and staff from the School to the service at Tewkesbury Abbey, but if there are any parents who live in the Tewkesbury area and wish to take their sons or daughters direct to the Abbey, please can you let us know by emailingrerichards@deanclose.org.uk.

We look forward to welcoming you to our celebrations next weekend. If you have any queries in this regard, including any final Picnic Hamper orders, please contact Karen Evans on office@deanclose.org.ukby 4.00pm on Monday 21 May.

Fourth, Remove and Lower Sixth Internal Exams: Monday 4 to Saturday 9 June

Fourth, Remove and Lower Sixth pupils will be having internal exams during the week after half term.

Fourth Form: Tuesday 5 June to Saturday 9 June;

Remove: Tuesday 5 June to Saturday 9 June;

Lower Sixth: Monday 4 June to Saturday 9 June.

During this time, Fourth and Remove need to be in school as normal, but have exams instead of normal lessons. The Lower Sixth will be on a study leave: Daypupils only need to be in for the exams, while Boarders are expected to work in Houses; all pupils in sports teams are expected to meet their games commitments; and any extra-curricular lessons need to be arranged around the exams.

If you have any questions or know that your son or daughter will be absent during the internal exams, please contact Dr Bradley at mbradley@deanclose.org.uk as soon as possible.

Examination Information Booklet

The attached booklet has been distributed to all pupils writing external exams and we thought that it would be useful for parents to have this information for reference. If you have any queries, please contact Mrs Franklin on mlfranklin@deanclose.org.uk.

Exhibition: ‘…not just a wife’

This exhibition will run from Monday 21 May to Saturday 26 May in The Orangery. Please see below for further details.

World Cup Football Song

Sky Sports News visited Dean Close Senior School earlier in the week to interview pupils about the new song ‘Let’s Hear It England’. Launched ahead of the World Cup in Russia, the song features The DC Klub (12 pupils from Dean Close Senior School) together with the best known football commentators on television – Martin Tyler, Clive Tyldesley, Peter Drury, Ian Darke, Guy Mowbray, Jon Champion, Steve Wilson and Rob Hawthorne – as well as the Cotswold Male Voice Choir.

On Tuesday SSN aired the footage and are asking supporters to tweet the favourite songs and leave comments. Let’s see if we can make Dean Close a big summer hit! Tweet @SkySportsNews

View the video at: http://www.TheDCKlub.com. The song is available to buy and download now from iTunes, Apple Music, Spotify and Google Play.

Ski Trip: December 2018

Following the highly successful ski trip to Lungau -St Michael in December 2017, we have been given a last minute opportunity to run a similar trip this December to the same resort and hotel. The Dean Close ski trip is an excellent experience for skiers of all abilities: advanced skiers will find themselves challenged by the instructors whilst beginners will have expert tuition amongst some amazing scenery. Please see the attached letter for futher details.

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.