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Dean Close Preparatory School, Gloucestershire

School Details
Lansdown Road,
United Kingdom,
GL51 6QS

Tel: +44 1242 512217

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Mr Paddy Moss

Head of Admissions and Admissions Co-ordinator:
Rebecca Chaplin and Mrs Rhian Hayes

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
2 - 13
Day Fees
Annual Weekly
Boarding Fees
Annual Full
Boarding Fees
Number of Pupils
School Boy
School Girl
Full board
This school offers
Number of Staff
Full Time
Part Time
GCSE Pass Rate - age 16
At Grades A* to C
Pass Rate - age 18
courses are offered for age 18 exams
Higher Education
Pupils who went on to Higher Education or took Gap Year

Method of Entry:

Report from previous school, Entry test or exam, Visit school, Taster days

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Means tested assisted places, Art, Boarding, Sport, CDT, Choral, Financial need, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Music, Other bursaries, Drama, Siblings, Academic, Clergy/Ministers

What we offer

  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Photography
  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Spanish
  • Latin
  • French
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • Squash
  • Netball
  • Tennis
  • Athletics
  • Hockey
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Swimming
  • Rounders
  • Table tennis
  • Lacrosse
  • Golf
  • Fitness training
  • Gymnastics
  • Rugby
  • Football
  • Chess
  • Horticulture
  • Drama productions
  • Horse riding and management
  • Ballet
  • Language club
  • Shooting
  • Dance
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Pipe band
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Rail/Airport services
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Vegetarian
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
Head PhotoDean Close Preparatory School is a co-educational day and boarding school for children age 7 - 13. The School is set in 50 acres of private land in the centre of Cheltenham.

With 308 pupils, the Preparatory School is small enough to allow everyone to know one another and to get fully involved in the life of the School. Support and encouragement comes from many people within the community, but the boarding and day house system means that every boy and girl is nurtured by adults they get to know well.

The School is however large enough to have an extremely strong day and boarding community, vibrant and exciting creative arts, a remarkable sporting reputation and impressive academic results. Expectations are high and pupils are encouraged to make the most of every day.

The small classes and excellent facilities at the Prep School ensure good above average academic results. A strong tradition of music, art, sport and drama and a wide spectrum of extracurricular activities make it possible for every child to achieve success and confidence. The School offers Academic, Sports, Music, Design & Technology and Art scholarships at 11+. The Prep School also educates the boy choristers who sing evensong at Tewkesbury Abbey. Boys can apply to join the Schola Cantorum from age 7 - 11.

The Prep School has excellent facilities including a £4.5m building which includes a 350-seat theatre, music suite, ICT suite and state-of-the-art classrooms. The Prep School also benefits from the outstanding Senior School facilities which include a designated Music School with a digital music suite, a 550-seat professional theatre, an Amphi-Theatre, two floodlit water based astroturf pitches, a 25m indoor heated swimming pool, climbing wall, indoor rifle range, Chapel, dance studio and fully equipped Gymnasium.

The School believes that education is as much about building character and relationships as it is about gaining knowledge. Visitors regularly comment on the atmosphere, saying how warm and friendly they find it, with good relations between staff and pupils. It is felt that this positive environment can be attributed directly to the Christian heart and principles of the School.
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