Independent Schools Inspectorate Report 2011
"The overall achievement of the pupils is excellent. The school is entirely successful in meeting its foremost aim to to offer an all-round education in a place where people feel safe, respected, secure and free to learn. Pupils show well-developed knowledge, understanding and skill in all areas of the curriculum and in a myriad of extra-curricular activities. They speak competently and confidently, listen carefully, read fluently and take care over the presentation of written work. Logical and independent thought is often evident, creativity is encouraged, mathmatical skills are developed and put to good effect, and physical activity plays an important part in school life. Significant achievements include scholarships to Dean Close Senior School, sporting and other competitions and fixtures, music, speech and drama examinations, often with high grades. Within the last three years, boys' and girls' teams have been national finalists in hockey tournaments."
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 parkland in the centre of Cheltenham.
With 280 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 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 extra curricular activities make it possible for every child to achieve success and confidence. The school offers Academic, Sports, Music, All-rounder, 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.
At age 11 children move into the Senior Prep part of the Prep School where they are given greater responsibilities in the Houses and in School, helping them to grow in independence and to develop the leadership skills which will be vital in their future lives. There is also a prefect system, which rewards children who are keen to take on even greater responsibilities.
The school has excellent facilities including a new £4.5m Performing Arts Centre and classroom block, an additional 550-seat professional Theatre, an Amphi-Theatre, 2 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.