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Dean Close Preparatory School

Lansdown Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England GL51 6QS

Age Range & Fees

Age Range2 to 13
Annual Day Fees *£11364 to £18750
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees *£0 to £0
Annual Full Boarding Fees *£19260 to £25365
* Currency: GB Pound

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
35Full Boarding36
0Weekly Boarding0

Number of Staff

Full-time: 50
Part-time: 12

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Mr Paddy Moss

Dean 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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What we offer

  • Classics
  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • Photography
  • English
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ballet
  • Chess
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • Horse riding and management
  • Horticulture
  • Language club
  • Shooting
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Jazz
  • Keyboard
  • Percussion
  • Pipe band
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • Experience of diplomatic corps' children
  • Experience of expatriates' children
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Dyslexia

Method of Entry

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

Scholarships & Bursaries

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

Curriculum and Exams:

    Religious Affliations:

    • Church of England

    Teaching Languages:

    • English
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