Dean Close is a flourishing co educational school located on the largest private land area in Cheltenham, with a sympathetic blend of grand, Victorian buildings and modern, purpose-built facilities. It offers a crafted balance of strong academics alongside extensive opportunities in all creative arts, sports and its many clubs, aiming to give each and every pupil an exceptional, well-rounded education, blending strong academic performance with distinction in their individually-discovered talents.
The main purpose of the curriculum is to offer a challenging and balanced academic education, equipping pupils for the opportunities and demands of their future lives. Class sizes average 15-20 with a maximum of 12 at Sixth Form. All classrooms, laboratories, library facilities and seminar rooms are fitted to the very highest standards with state-of-the-art technology. Coupled with an excellent teaching staff, this is what accounts for the 98 percent of pupils who obtain university places each year.
Dean Close has a full-time boarding community from which both day and boarding pupils derive huge benefits with a dedicated pastoral care system that ensures every pupil feels supported and nurtured. Exeats are compulsory and all pupils must has a UK based guardian. All pupils belong to a house which is run by a Housemaster or Housemistress, but join together for the vast majority of their time whether in study, sport, mealtimes or social occasions, forging strong friendships throughout the School which often last a lifetime.
Sport, Art and Culture:
"Recent sporting successes include National hockey titles for both girls and boys and individual pathways to professional sporting careers achieved through the high standards delivered by professional coaches as well as the wide range of facilities. These include a contemporary £3m sports hall with fitness suite and dance/aerobic studio, two high spec floodlit astroturf pitches, 20 tennis courts, a 25m indoor pool, two squash courts, an indoor rifle range and climbing wall.
The bespoke Art School entrance opens into the BonBernard Gallery, a light, lofty space that hosts a broad range of both pupil and visiting exhibitions. The facility also boasts excellent studio spaces for specialist work in 2 and 3 dimensions, with individually allocated work areas for Sixth Form pupils.
As a specialist facility, the Music School has at its centre an elegant concert hall enhanced by hand-made stained glass windows, banners and acoustic curtain. The internationally renowned Carducci Quartet leads the Strings Department. Unparalleled performing opportunities exist for pupils of all abilities and the department stages in excess of 50 concerts each year, ranging from informal lunchtime recitals to major choral and orchestral events.
The School regards Drama and Theatre as being culturally and academically vital to the educational life of the pupils and aims to offer a varied and challenging diet of plays. There are up to eight productions a year which take place in one of three venues, the main being the Bacon Theatre, a purpose-built 550-seat auditorium, in addition to the Drama Studio and the Tuckwell Theatre, a 400-seat woodland theatre.
There is an enormous range of clubs and societies allowing for plenty of scope and individual choice. Clubs range from salsa dancing to technical theatre skills, debating society or Jazz Band. Dean Close also holds the local franchise for the popular and sought-after Leiths Professional Certificate in Food and Wine. A high profile Community Action programme works on projects locally and in the wider world. These have included feeding the homeless, visiting nursing homes and building relationships with the elderly. Further afield, the Uganda group fundraise, visit and work in our link School, the Nyakatukura Memorial School in Africa for poor and orphaned children.