Dean Close School

Combined co-education school in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Dean Close is set in 50 acres of parkland close to the centre of Cheltenham. Its Christian ethos underpins the School’s values and it is renowned for its warm, caring family atmosphere where individuality is cherished.


The School has a diverse community representing 28 different nationalities; over half the School are Boarders. Boarding is thriving with a busy weekend programme and the School enjoys an exciting Adventure offering (including an Equestrian programme), a multitude of indoor activities as well as excellence in music, drama and sport. The Sixth Form Boarding Houses are very popular and help to prepare pupils for their next steps beyond School.

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“Dean Close School combines strong pastoral care and Christian values with high academic standards and state-of-the-art facilities".

The School’s campus blends modern architecture and facilities with traditional, with an impressive Chapel, 550 seat professional theatre, amphitheatre, concert hall, 2 water based Astroturf pitches, a 25m indoor heated swimming pool, climbing wall, indoor rifle range, sports centre, dance studio, fully equipped gymnasium and multiple grass pitches.


Dean Close enjoys an excellent academic profile and offers outstanding Futures advice, with 95% of pupils going to their first choice of university in the UK and internationally; with others choosing industry, the creative arts or the Armed Forces.

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Dean Close has a long history of military Boarders; a generous automatic military discount (irrespective of rank) enables over 150 Boarders to be part of the strong 370 pupil Boarding community. The School has bespoke boys’ and girls’ Houses onsite, there is also a mixed Junior Boarding House designed specifically for children aged 7-10. The School has thriving Boarding community on weekends as 90% of Boarders are full-time.

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Head Mr Bradley Salisbury
School Type Combined co-education school
Junior Age Range 2 - 13
Senior Age Range 13 - 18
Academic GCSE: Yes
Alevel: Yes
Int'l Baccalaureate: No
Vocational
Total Students 950
Youngest Boarder 7
Int'l Students 78