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Dean Close School, Gloucestershire

School Details
School Crest
Shelburne Road,
United Kingdom,
GL51 6HE

Tel: +44 1242 258000
Fax: +44 1242 258004

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Mr Jonathan Lancashire

Mrs Sarah Smith

This school offers flexi-boarding.

Accreditations and affiliations:
Religious affiliation:
Church of England
Teaching languages:
Age Range & Fees
13 - 18
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:

Interview, Common Entrance, Entry test or exam, Scholarship or bursary exam

Scholarships & Bursaries:

Choral, 6th Form, Art, Academic, Clergy/Ministers, Drama, Music, Junior school entry, CDT, Organ, Armed forces discounts or bursaries, Other bursaries, All-rounder, Other scholarships, Senior school entry, Sport

What we offer

  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Business studies
  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • Economics
  • Government/Politics
  • Philosophy/Ethics
  • Photography
  • Electronics
  • Japanese
  • Ancient Greek
  • Chinese
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Mandarin
  • Russian
  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Fencing
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Touch rugby
  • Rugby
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Athletics
  • Water sports
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming
  • Squash
  • Badminton
  • Rounders
  • Polo
  • Netball
  • Martial arts
  • Hockey
  • Fitness training
  • Tennis
  • Rowing
  • Shooting
  • Horse riding and management
  • Skiing
  • Sailing
  • Public speaking/Debating
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Drama productions
  • Dance
  • Cycling
  • Chess
  • Cadets - CCF/ACF/ATC etc
  • Ballet
  • Adventure training
  • Canoeing
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Pipe band
  • Brass
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Percussion
  • Jazz
  • School bus service
  • Particular diets
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of services' children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

School Video

Head PhotoDean Close successfully combines traditional values and high academic standards with its modern approach and state-of-the-art facilities. Situated on the outskirts of Cheltenham, it is one of the oldest established co-education independent senior schools.

With around 500 pupils, it is a place where all faces are familiar. Based on its strong Christian values and helped by impressive facilities, the atmosphere not only nurtures academic, sporting, artistic and musical talents, but also friendship, integrity and mutual respect. All classrooms, laboratories, library facilities and seminar rooms are fitted to the very highest standards with state-of-the-art technology. Coupled with an excellent teaching staff, this is what accounts for 98 percent of pupils who obtain university places each year.

The curriculum expects everyone to achieve GCSE, AS and A2levels and move onto higher education. A large sixth form ensures a wide choice of A'level subjects and every year a number of pupils gain places at Oxford and Cambridge.

Both music and art are based in modern, purpose-built accommodation and a superlative 550 seat theatre produces 'professional' quality performances. These facilities are partly used in the curriculum but also constitute a basis for a huge number of non-sporting clubs and societies. Very fine facilities and coaching lead to excellence in a wide range of sports including hockey for which there is a recently built £3m sports hall, double astro-turf pitch, rugby, tennis, athletics and swimming in a 25m indoor pool. A fully-equipped gymnasium and squash courts support further regular sporting activities alongside more unusual facilities such as an indoor rifle range and climbing wall.

The School has generous scholarship schemes and a leaflet may be obtained from the Registrar. It is possible to apply for these awards - which may be academic, musical, artistic, or sporting - at 11, 13 or 16. There is also an all-rounder award at 13 or 16 and a drama award at 13.

The School is easily within walking distance of Cheltenham town centre. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham is an acknowledged architectural, cultural and educational centre that is accessible by air (Birmingham/Bristol/Cardiff), rail, coach and motorway.
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