Prep School

Listen to what some of our Junior Boarding parents have to say.

Military Boarding Family with four Children

“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.”

Local family with a son and a daughter

Toby was three years old when he joined Dean Close a year behind his sister, Grace. He is now
in his last year of the Prep School and getting ready for moving ‘across the road’.

From our first tour of the School as parents we were very impressed with the attitude of the staff
and the confidence of the pupils. Toby and his sister have both flourished at the School and we
have always found the support structure both academically and pastorally of the highest order.

The amount of activities and sports available has been very important to us all as a family and
the School ethos of participation and inclusion is excellent.

We were so proud when Toby was made Head Boy for his final year and will be sorry to leave
the Prep School this summer but we know he is well prepared and ready for the next chapter at
Dean Close.


German Boarding Family with a daughter

What does it mean to send your 14 year old daughter, alone, to a boarding school in England?! Nobody can explain this before it comes through. My daughter asked us to go to a boarding school in England to have another school experience. To break away from the parental home. To be more intelligent than others and to get ready for the international study she is looking for. We are proud to have a daughter like her. She understands that it is very important to be successful.

Last autumn holidays we joined her in visiting three boarding schools in England. After this short trip she decided immediately to go to Dean Close. Why? It was after the first seconds, like a love at first sight. The talk with the headmaster Mr Salisbury himself, to Mr Price and last but not least, the warm and lovely welcome from Mrs Julia Abbot, Housemistress of Fawley, were the reasons we decided to go to Dean Close. They asked all the questions directly to her, took serious what she answered and they told her that they would be happy to have her at Dean Close. She has been there for more than four months and she is so happy. She is diligent, because she knows that all the teachers are working with passion and that they like to have successful pupils. Her teachers recognised her talents and have motivated her to believe in herself. Dean Close is the best learning environment for pupils who like to be successful.

Family of two boys and one daughter, with a combination of Day and Boarding

“My oldest son chose Dean Close; a rather shy boy and a very reluctant boarder, he said he felt ‘comfortable’ at the School. A perceptive observation – during his 5 years at Dean Close, we saw him grow in confidence to become Head of House, achieve top grades at GCSE and A levels, and gain a place at one of the UK’s top ten universities. He subsequently gained a graduate place on the Civil Service Fast Track to Management Scheme, currently rated as 5th in the best Graduate Schemes.

We were warned by the Head of our second son’s Prep school that son number two might struggle academically to get into university.  We were delighted during his Sixth Form years to see him combine an eclectic mix of being a Drama Scholar, Captain of Rugby and Head of School and also achieving top grades at A level, to gain a place at a top Ten UK university.

We are currently watching the Dean Close magic working on our youngest child… For our family, Dean Close has genuinely been a school that meets its claims to bring out the best in every child.”


Local Day Family with one Daughter

“On relocating as a family from Hampshire to Cheltenham, our daughter joined Dean Close Prep School in Year 3. She is now in the Sixth Form and, throughout her entire time at Dean Close, teaching and house staff have always proved to be extremely supportive and understanding.  As parents, we have been consistently impressed by the genuine care and quality of teaching evident across both Prep and Senior schools.

Our daughter has been able to pursue her passion for drama through taking part in the annual Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts and numerous high quality School productions.

Academically, Dean Close has equipped our daughter with a strong learning ethos and important study skills that enabled her to achieve excellent GCSE results.

As a Sixth Former, she has the confidence to select the A Level subjects that inspire her and which will allow her to follow her ambitions and afford the best opportunities to study at the University of her choice. We would have no hesitation in recommending Dean Close to other parents.”