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Dean Close School (St Johns)

Castleford Hill, Tutshill, Chepstow, Monmouthshire, Monmouthshire, Wales NP16 7LE
Tel: +44 (0) 1291 622 045

Private School (Fee Paying) Co-Educational 0 - 13 Years Day & Boarding (Full)

Set in beautiful surroundings overlooking Chepstow Castle and the River Wye, Dean Close St John's Prep School offers exceptional coeducational schooling for children aged 3 - 13 years.

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Nick Thrower

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.

Open Days, Visits & Events

10-05-2024 - Open Morning

Whether you are looking for a place for your child in our Kindergarten, Reception, Prep or Senior Prep classes, our Open Mornings are the perfect opportunity to meet our wonderful teachers and pupils, and discover what makes us distinctly different.

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
    • First Aid/Life Savers
    • Horse Riding & Management
    • Young Enterprise
    • Dyslexia or Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
    • Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)
    • Language and Communication Disorders
    • Social Emotional and Mental Health Needs (SEMH)
    • After School Club
    • Armed Forces Children
    • Before School Club
    • Gifted Children
    • International Students
    • Rail Services
    • School Bus Service
    • Special Diets


    • Interview
    • Trial day at school
    • Academic
    • All-rounder
    • Armed forces discounts or bursaries
    • Bursaries
    • Choral
    • Drama
    • Financial Assistance
    • Music
    • Scholarships - Other
    • Siblings
    • Sport
    • All denominations welcome
    • No religious affiliation
    • English

      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
      * Currency: GB Pound

      Number Of Pupils

      8Full Boarding6
      10Weekly Boarding11
      Boys Girls

      Number Of Staff

      Full-time: 34
      Part-time: 3

      % Pupils Gaining
      GCSE/IGCSE Passes 5 - 9

      % Pupils Gaining
      A Level Grades A – C

      % Pupils Going
      To University

      School Reviews

      The Good School Guide

      Pupils are charming, confidently saying hello as we walked through the corridors. Parents say, ‘kind, compassionate little humans are being nurtured.’ A school very happy in its own skin.  

      ISI Inspection Report

      ˜Pupils make rapid progress in most lessons because they take responsibility for their learning and behaviour and successfully engage in independent and collaborative study. Pupils have excellent moral awareness; they value the opinion of others, consistently demonstrating courtesy and respect....  

      School Notices

      We loved the size and friendly feel. There are fantastic facilities but they are all nicely placed together. The family atmosphere was immediate and we loved how confident the older children in the school seemed. The pre prep classrooms all had their own outdoor space as well as a playground for...