Decanian Online

In 2014, Dean Close School had the full run of school magazines from 1892 to present day digitised. This fabulous resource is now available for researchers and the Dean Close Community to enjoy and learn about the history of the school and all those who have passed through the School gates. Please be aware that this material is for your private, personal and non-commercial use only. For access please contact the Archivist on . To log on please click here or on the icon above.


The Dean Close School Archive collects and cares for records and artefacts relating to the School’s history. The collection dates back to 1884, when the School was founded, to the present day and provides an institutional record of what began life as an evangelical school for boys. It includes material from Dean Close Memorial School, later Dean Close School (1886), Preparatory School (1949) and Pre-Preparatory School (2003).


For those researchers wishing to visit the archive please be aware that access is by appointment only so please contact the Archivist on the details given below. On arrival, report to the senior school reception. Proof of identification will be required.

For those unable to visit, the staff are very happy to carry out limited research on your behalf. Please contact the Archives team on either or or by telephone on 01242 267402 (Tuesday to Thursday term time only). To facilitate your enquiry please provide as much information as you can about your proposed topic. Although the Archive aims to provide a prompt response, this is not always possible as it can take time to carry out the necessary research.


We are always very grateful to Old Decanians and their families who so kindly donate items to the collection. So, if you are clearing out the loft and happen to stumble on some old photographs, uniforms or school work from your days at Dean Close School that you feel you would like to donate to the School collection, then please contact us.


Charles Whitney
School Historian & Associate Archivist
Grace Pritchard-Woods


The current history of the School, At Close Quarters, is available from the School Shop telephone 01242 258016, email It is 400 pages long and includes over 320 photographs and illustrations. The hardback edition is £5 and the softback £3. Post and packaging is extra.