The Dean Close Foundation is delighted to announce that as of 1st September 2017, Tree Tops Nurseries in both Cheltenham and Gloucester have become part of the Group. This will expand the total number of children’s day nurseries owned by Dean Close to five.

Tree Tops was founded in 1989 by Michelle and Martin Dearman, whose three children all attended Dean Close, so the family has had a close relationship with the School for many years. The acquisition is seen as a perfect fit by both parties who share the same ethos and values. Mrs Dearman commented: “Tree Tops is very precious to us but we feel that Dean Close shares our DNA so they are the right people to take over the Nurseries and ensure that they hold our values at its centre in future years. It’s all about putting the children first and never stinting on quality. As former Dean Close parents, we know the School feels exactly the same as us.”

Tree Tops has 70 children between the ages of 3 months to 4 years in each Nursery. As part of the Dean Close family, the children will now benefit from the excellent resources and expertise that the School can offer such as its 25m indoor swimming pool, sports hall, astroturf pitches, chapel and highly skilled professionals in sport, music, drama and education.

CEO and Warden of Dean Close Foundation, Emma Taylor, said: “This acquisition is excellent news for Dean Close, allowing us to offer high quality childcare and preparation for school, extending the scope of the excellent quality of education and care offered under the umbrella of the Dean Close Foundation. This further strengthens the financial position of Dean Close and therefore our ability to improve facilities, keep fees manageable and offer the very best to pupils of all ages.”

Two years ago the Dean Close Foundation was established when the School acquired a preparatory school and three nurseries in the Chepstow area. After considerable investment and changes in structure, the School and nurseries are all thriving and highly successful.