We are delighted to announce the acquisition of St John’s-on-the-Hill Prep School in Chepstow, securing its future and strengthening Dean Close School.

Over recent years St John’s has suffered financial burdens that have cast an uncertain shadow over its 222 pupils from Reception to Year 8, and a further 297 children inits nurseries. The new arrangement will broaden the base of Dean Close whilst providing a stronger financial position for St John’s, giving greater security in the future without an adverse effect on the family scale and pastoral focus of the School.

St John’s is a well-regarded prep school with many values in common with Dean Close: a charitable foundation, full co-education, belief in all-round education and the development of character. It also includes a pre-prep and three successful day nurseries.

Dean Close has enjoyed a very close and successful relationship with St John’s over recent years, and has seen significant numbers of pupils move over to its Senior School in Cheltenham. It is very much in Dean Close’s interest that there should continue to be a successful prep school drawing pupils from the area around Chepstow.

Headmaster, Jonathan Lancashire, said: “St John’s is a well-regarded Preparatory School with many values in common with Dean Close: a charitable foundation, full co-education, a belief in all-round education and the development of character. Now that the financial burdens that have overshadowed the School have been removed, we are confident that it has a great future, with its proud traditions, excellent teaching, strong support staff and loyal families.”

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