The end of another full and busy week is upon us and today we are excited about welcoming prospective pupils and parents to our Open Day. It is always a great pleasure to open our doors and welcome visitors.

This week saw the U14 girls’ hockey team progress through to the Regional round of the Hockey Championships and the U18’s won the Regionals to progress through to the West Finals. The following day the U18 Netball Squad played very well to finish 4th out of the 16 schools competing in the County Championships.

Yesterday we enjoyed our first Mufti Day of the year raising awareness and funds for Breast Cancer Now, an initiative put forward by an enthusiastic group of new 4th Form girls. The school was certainly more colourful as the pupils donned their pink clothing in support of charity.

From the Headmaster

A reminder to any parents who would like to chat informally with the Headmaster that the next date is Saturday 12 November, 08.30-09.30. If you would like to book a place please contact

Community Evensong – Thursday 20 October at 5.30pm

This will be sung by Dean Close School Chapel Choir and Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum of Dean Close Preparatory School in the School Chapel this coming Thursday 20 October at 5.30pm.

Responses – Rose

Psalm 104, verses 1-12

Evening Service in A major – Stanford

For Lo! I raise up – Stanford

Tower House Charity Fundraiser – Sunday 16 October

On Sunday 16 October, Mr Poxon and a number of boys and staff from Tower House, will be running/jogging/walking 5 or 10km to raise money for the charity Reverse Rett. Rett Syndrome is a devastating illness, which scientists hope, with further research, can be completely reversed. After charity organiser Beth Whitley spoke to the Tower House boys last week, a number decided to get behind the fund raising by joining in with the Change is Possible run. Please go to:, if you would like to support this effort.

Dale House Play – Wednesday 19 & Thursday 20 October

This coming week sees the staging of All My Sons written by Arthur Miller. The performances take place at 7.15pm in the Bacon Theatre and everyone is welcome. The pupils have been working incredibly hard, and we are looking forward to the production.

Dean Close Hockey Sixes – Sunday 23 October

We would like to invite all members of the Dean Close Community to join us in supporting the Old Decanian Side at this inaugural Girls’ Alumni Hockey Tournament. The first match starts at 11am and refreshments are available throughout the day. Everyone is welcome!

The fixture list will be published here by Friday 21 October.

Gold Duke of Edinburgh Training

We apologise that the dates in the Parents’ Calendar for a Gold D of E training expedition to Dartmoor leaving on Friday 21 October are incorrect. This trip is not taking place over half term. Future training dates will be published well in advance.

Half Term Cookery Workshop Reminder

This term we were extremely excited to open a brand new Cookery School here at Dean Close. This purpose built, state-of-the-art cookery facility, with its nine professional kitchen areas and demonstration bar, provides the space and equipment to encourage and inspire chefs of all abilities.

As well as benefiting current pupils, the facility allows us to run children’s cookery workshops during the holidays. The fun, one-day workshops are open to all, from ages 9to 13+ and will take place this October half term. The day will involve young chefs cooking their own lunch and even preparing a tasty treat to take home, all with seasonal Autumnal flavour!

For further details and more information about this workshop, please do not hesitate to contact Lydia Day on 01242 258023 or by email at

See the attached flyer for further information.

Bacon Theatre – Half Term Mailing

Please see the attached information for the next round of exciting productions. The Bacon Theatre continues to provide a wide range of outstanding opportunities to view some very exciting theatre.

The DEAN BEAN is back – Monday 17 October

Serving Organic freshly brewed coffee, a selection of hot and chilled drinks, soup & delicious homemade cakes and cookies.

Come and visit us in the Sports Centre Car Park, next to the Kenyon Pavilion.

Monday – Friday 8am – 9.30am & 3.30pm – 5pm

Wednesday & Thursday From 2pm

Saturday 8am – 4.30pm

We look forward to seeing you and don’t forget to tell us your thoughts at