Set on a beautiful 50-acre site near the centre of Cheltenham, Dean Close is a long-standing co-educational day and boarding school for pupils aged 3-18. Education across the ages is as much about building character and relationships as it is about gaining knowledge, with the Christian heart
of the School & its dedicated tutorial system creating a warm and friendly atmosphere amongst staff and pupils.


The School is renowned for focusing on individual development. Small classes, excellent learning
facilities plus a 550-seater professional theatre, amphitheatre, dedicated music and art schools,
floodlit astro-turfs, 25m indoor pool, climbing wall, indoor rifle range, dance studio and fully equipped
gymnasium all help to nurture each child’s strengths and talents.


Dean Close has enjoyed national success recently across a variety of disciplines. For the first time, the School entered several chamber groups in the Pro Corda National Chamber Music Festival for Schools and three of them reached the finals; the senior debating team won the Thames Valley round of the European Youth Parliament competition held at the Oxford Union to progress to the national finals; the U16 boys hockey team won the County title, narrowly lost the West of England title on flicks but gained their place in the national final following the ‘winner takes all’ playoff;

the U16 netball team claimed a top 10 place in the country having reached the national finals following their dominance in the County and South West Regional competitions; Angel Parker (Year 10) came 2nd in the British Council Mandarin Speaking Competition having only been learning the language for ten months, highly commended for her pronunciation; a Sixth Form team came 2nd in the UK Senior Mathematics Team Challenge having participated in the final against 64 of the top schools in the country. All this alongside the many and various daily activities across the schools, both academic and co-curricular.


With around 260 pupils in the Prep School and 500 in the Senior School, Dean Close is small enough to allow everyone to know one another, feel valued and get fully involved in the life of the School. However, it is large enough to have an extremely strong boarding community, vibrant and exciting creative arts, impressive academic results and great sports results.

Town: Cheltenham.
County: Gloucestershire.
Area: Midlands / South West.
Type: Boys, Girls, Co-educational, Day, boarding, Flexible Boarding.

Age Range: 13 to 18 (Preparatory School 2+ to 13).

Religious Affiliation: Church of England.

Number of Pupils: Day 232; Boarding 236; Day Boarders 37.

Location: Town

Special Diets:

Vegetarians and some special dietary requirements.

Scholarships and Bursaries: Awards offered in Academic, Art, Drama, Music, Sixth Form, Sport. Bursaries are also offered. All-rounder scholarship offered at 13+.

Entry Requirements:
1) Examination - either Scholarship, Common Entrance Exam or our "Uncommon Entrance".
2) Reference from Current School.
3) Interview with Headmaster.

Facilities: All-weather Pitches, Art and Design Studios, CCF Office & Parade Ground, Chapel, Climbing Wall, Conference Facilities, Contemporary Boarding Houses, Design Technology Centre, Drama Studio, Purpose-built Music School, Sports Hall, 25m Swimming Pool, Theatre.

Activities: Aerobics, Art and Design, Band, Biology Club, Brass Group, Board Games, Car Maintenance, CCF, CDT, Ceramics, Chamber Choir, Chamber Orchestra, Chemistry Club/Projects, Choral Society, Christian Union, Classical Society, Climbing, Community Action, Computing/Computer Programming, Conservation, Contemporary Christian Music Band, Cookery, Current Affairs, Dancing (Modern, Ballet, Tap), Debating, Decus Magazine, Drama, Debating, Driving, Duke of Edinburgh, Economics and Politics Society, Electronics, Films of the Classics, Fourth Form Challenge, Geography Society, History Society, House Bible Studies, Inter-House Quiz Competition, International Club, Jazz Group, Juggling, Life Saving, Literary Society, Metal Work, Model Engineering, Modern Languages Society, Music Theory, Musical Ensembles, Natural History, Oil Painting, Orchestra, Portraiture, Photography, Public Speaking, Riding, Science Society/Projects, Scuba-diving, Small Choir, Sketching, Stage Sets Construction, String Group, String Quartet, Technical Unit, Textiles/Batik, Theatre Admin/Maintenance, Trampolining, Video Making, Watercolour Painting, Weight Training, Wind Band, Woodwork, Young Enterprise, Oxbridge Discussion.

Sports: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Canoeing, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Cricket, Cross Country, Cycling, Diving, Golf, Hockey, Rugby Sevens, Rugby, Shooting, Soccer, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Volleyball, Water Polo.

"Dean Close successfully combines traditional values and high academic standards with its modern approach and state-of-the-art facilities."

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