Forces Families


Dean Close has been welcoming the children of our Armed Forces since 1886 and are proud to have several serving and retired military personnel on our Board of Trustees as well as members of teaching and support staff.  Currently around 30% of Boarders are from Armed Forces families from all ranks and military disciplines.

Military (or diplomatic) personnel irrespective of rank are entitled to a 20% automatic Armed Forces discount against gross fees if their children attend as Day pupils. For families claiming MoD CEA whose children are Full Boarders, from September 2021 onwards there will be a Flat Fee arrangement, whereby serving parents will pay 10% of gross fees, 16% of gross fees or 18% of gross fees depending on the year group of their child. In addition, means-tested bursaries are also available to further increase affordability. The Admissions team are very happy to assist with any queries in respect of this.

Pupils can start boarding in Year 3 (age 7) and the School provides continuity of education right through to the end of Sixth Form.  Each pupil is in a bespoke House relevant to their age and gender, each with live-in Houseparents, Tutors and Matron.  The Boarding houses are large, comfortable, family homes and all Houses sit within the extensive 50 acre Dean Close site.

The majority of military boarders join our Preparatory School Boarding houses; either the Junior Boarding House for boys and girls in Years 3-5  (age 7-10), or the ‘girls only’ or ‘boys only’ House for children in Years 6-8 (10-13). Some families are looking for Senior Boarding and so their children will join one of our two ‘boys only’ Houses or our two ‘girls only’ Houses at the Senior School; with two additional Houses at Sixth Form entry level.

The School provides a traditional, full-boarding experience where Houses are full at weekends.  Pupils are fully engaged with organised activities, lessons, matches and a programme of Boarding House events on Saturdays and Sundays. Sunday brunch is a chance for siblings in the Preparatory and Senior School to get together to share a meal. Siblings are very welcome to visit each other in their Boarding Houses during recreational time.

Cross-schools concerts for military children are also organised and are scheduled to coincide with Exeat and School holidays pick-ups so that families stationed outside of Gloucestershire can attend.

Dean Close pastoral teams work very closely with Houseparents to provide appropriate support, security and care for children.  The School is very sensitive to the needs of parents who may need to visit at ad-hoc times to fit in with leave when serving far away.  Dean Close makes every effort to accommodate the needs of serving parents to have access to their children when they are on leave.

Testimonial from Military Boarding Family with four Children at Dean Close

“Four children, four personalities and four different packages of hopes and aspirations; all of which have been nurtured and encouraged at Dean Close School.  We have been delighted to see our children grow in confidence and character whilst thoroughly enjoying their academic journey.  The boarding houses are ‘home-from-home’ and our children have flourished with the varied activities and challenges that the weekends bring. The regular contact with academic and pastoral staff means that we, as parents, maintain familial input shaping our children’s lives, which is hugely comforting particularly when living abroad.  It has a Christian ethos that is developed within the staff and children through everyday life and we are so very proud of all that our children are achieving at Dean Close School.”

Next steps…To make an enquiry contact the Admissions Team Registrars:


Lesley Miller
Tel:01242 258079


Rhian Hayes
Tel:01242 258001


Sadie Johns
Tel:01242 258044

“We are happy to put you in touch with other military families for a reference.”

We look forward to welcoming you to Dean Close.

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Contact Senior School

Shelburne Road
GL51 6HE
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1242 258000
Fax: +44 (0)1242 258004

Admissions Enquiries
Tel: +44 (0)1242 258044