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Dean Close School (St Johns)

Castleford Hill, Tutshill, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Monmouthshire, Wales, United Kingdom NP16 7LE

Age Range & Fees

Age Range0 to 13
Annual Day Fees£7000 to £12000
Annual Weekly Boarding Fees£16275 to £17000
Annual Full Boarding Fees£16275 to £17000

Number of Pupils

Boys Girls
90Day90
8Full Board6
10Weekly11
108Total107

Number of Staff

Full-time: 34
Part-time: 3

GCSE Pass Rate - Age 16

Grades A* - C or 9 – 5

Pass Rate - Age 18

Exams at age 18

Higher Education

Pupils who went on to Higher Education
Head Photo

Ruth Frett


St John's on the Hill, a co-educational day and boarding prep school including a pre-prep as well as all year round day nurseries. Founded in 1923, St. John's combines the best traditional values with a modern approach. Offering both academic strength and all round breadth and diversity of opportunity, our emphasis is on high standards; academic, sporting, creative and social. We aim to provide the highest standard of care and education for children aged between 3 months and 13 + years. The school is a charitable trust controlled by a board of governors who are drawn from a wide background. The school is also a member of the Incorporated Association of Preparatory Schools and the Boarding Schools Association. St John's on the Hill is situated in its own extensive and attractive grounds on the border of Monmouthshire and Gloucestershire, overlooking Chepstow castle and the picturesque Wye Valley.


Words and pictures can never do full justice to this particular school. There are aspects we cannot properly convey here; the significance we place on courtesy and good manners; the real sense of family atmosphere that prevails; the enormous amount of hard work put in by all the staff; and the genuine concern we have for the welfare and development of every child. And we can only hint at our beautiful setting and excellent facilities.

The school's principal aim is to provide an education for children aged 3 months to 13 years, both day and boarding, which will motivate, challenge, encourage and inspire them. Equally important, aims which underpin our work are:

*To successfully prepare our pupils both academically and socially for the next stage of education, normally at the age of 13.

*To create a safe, caring and happy environment within which all pupils feel valued and secure.

*To work closely with parents for the good of the children.

*To identify individual needs and to help children move towards realising their potential academically, intellectually, physically, aesthetically, culturally and spiritually.

*To resource the school to provide for a variety of educational experiences.
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What we offer

  • Design technology
  • Drama/Theatre
  • ICT
  • Painting/Sculpture
  • English as foreign/2nd language
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
  • Welsh
  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Cricket
  • Cross-country
  • Fitness training
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Martial arts
  • Netball
  • Rounders
  • Rugby
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Touch rugby
  • Adventure training
  • Ballet
  • Canoeing
  • Cycling
  • Dance
  • Drama productions
  • First aid/life savers
  • Horse riding and management
  • Young Enterprise
  • Band/Orchestra
  • Brass
  • Choir
  • Guitar
  • Keyboard
  • Organ
  • Singing
  • Strings
  • Woodwind
  • After school club
  • Before school/Breakfast club
  • Experience of gifted children
  • Experience of international students
  • Experience of services' children
  • Particular diets
  • Rail/Airport services
  • School bus service
  • Dyslexia
  • MLD
  • Language
  • SEBD

Method of Entry

  • Interview
  • Scholarship or bursary exam
  • Visit school
  • Taster days
  • Trial day at school
  • This is a non-selective school
  • This is a non-selective school

Scholarships & Bursaries

  • Other bursaries
  • Drama
  • Academic
  • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
  • Choral
  • Siblings
  • Music
  • Financial need
  • Boarding
  • All-rounder
  • Other scholarships
  • Sport

Accreditations and Affliations:

  • BSA
  • IAPS
  • ISC
  • WISC

Religious Affliations:

  • All denominations welcome
  • No religious affiliation


Teaching Languages:

  • English
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