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Dean Close School

In 2018 - 51.14% of A Level students achieved A*/A grades
Address: Shelburne Rd, Cheltenham GL51 6HE, United Kingdom
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Description Dean Close School

  • Founded: in 1886
  • Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, UK
  • Age of students: 7-18 years
  • Total number of students: 930 people (375 people in full board)
  • Type of accommodation: residence (full board)
  • Type of education: joint (mixed)
  • Language of instruction: English.

The private school-board of joint education Dean Close School (School Dean Close School) was founded in 1886. Now it is a well-known, popular and respected school, where both British children and international students study.

Dean Close School was named in honor of the dean of the Carlisle School, Francis Claus: initially she accepted only boys for eduction, which is typical for old British boarding schools, but already in 1972 she completely switched to a joint type of education - all educational programs of the institution became available to girls. The total area of ​​the territory today reaches 55 acres - all the school's educational units are located here:

  • preparatory school (2-7 years)
  • elementary school (7-13 years)
  • high school (13-18 years).

For foreign students, the boarding school is open from the age of 7.

All students, without exception, celebrate the truly warm, family spirit of the school: here everyone is valued and respected as a unique, independent and capable personality, eager to distinguish each student from among other students. Small classes and highly skilled teachers, excellent equipment and infrastructure, the widest technical facilities and extra-curricular program help students to fully discover their individual potential, fully demonstrate their abilities, skills and talents. The personal mentor, which is assigned to each of the students, helps to solve any academic and everyday issues, as well as keeps in touch with the parents of students, regularly sends them full reports on the successes and achievements of the student. For foreign students, an effective language program EFL (English as a foreign language) is provided, supporting classes are offered to students with learning difficulties, with difficult mastering of the curriculum.

The academic specialization of the school lies mainly in the field of exact sciences (mathematics and higher mathematics, physics), but some humanitarian directions (English literature) are also strong.

The school is a member of the HMC (British School Directors' Conference). The results of examinations passed by students clearly demonstrate the balance and effectiveness of the curricula, the professionalism of teachers (data for 2012):

  • GCSE: 58% earned the highest A * - A scores, and 83% of the students gain points above C (6-8 subjects)
  • A-level: 79% of graduates were able to achieve the highest A * - A - B grades, with 61% taking 3 subjects and 29% having 4 disciplines and more. The average graduation point that high school students gain at the exam is 335.

In 2011, the well-known newspaper The Daily Telegraph even included Dean Close School in TOP British private schools based on A-level results!

At the end of the school, 94% of students prefer to continue their studies at the university (39% take an academic leave per year):

  • 25% study languages ​​or dramatic, theatrical art;
  • 17% master professional disciplines: journalism, agriculture, accounting, etc.;
  • 14% choose the humanities, social sciences;
  • 17% study engineering, science;
  • 6% stop at medicine, veterinary medicine, dentistry and pharmaceutics;
  • 4% choose the direction of art and design.

Discipline in the school is characterized by traditional rigor: a uniform uniform is adopted, which softens for Sixth Form students - they are allowed to dress in an official-business style. Students who do not do homework or violate discipline receive a non-strict reprimand and referral to additional work, but alcohol, drugs and smoking are punishable by exclusion (according to HMC principles).

The educational institution belongs to the Anglican church - children of any religion and confession can study here, but a weekly visit to the school chapel is mandatory for everyone.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in Dean Close School

Program name
from 9 300 £ / term

Middle Classes

In the middle classes, students master a wide, diverse range of disciplines and subjects, and in the 9th grade they are already beginning to prepare for intensive studies at the GCSE course, for the subsequent passing of exams.

Since the beginning of studies in middle classes, most of the subjects are taught by the same teacher-class teacher: this lasts for the first 2 years, after which the subjects are more specifically divided into different teachers. From the 4th grade, education is introduced on Saturdays, and a large-scale, intensive study of foreign languages ​​(French, Spanish, classical Latin) begins as early as the 6th grade. Also, from the 6th year of study, mandatory hours are introduced for the preparation of home classes (4 times a week).

Each class is allocated a collective mentor: he meets students at least 3 times a week, controls academic progress and academic achievement, helps with the performance of homework.

1) Compulsory, general subjects:

  • Latin / ancient civilization
  • English
  • Religious Studies (Theology)
  • biology
  • history
  • French
  • mathematics
  • physics
  • chemistry
  • geography.

2) Optional subjects:

  • design technology
  • modern foreign languages ​​(most popular in Spanish)
  • art and design
  • Ancient Greek (as an addition to the Latin language course for successful students)
  • physical training and sports
  • music
  • drama and theater, acting.

The cost of schooling depends on the age of the student and the chosen program (the price is indicated for 1 person for 1 trimester and 1 year respectively):

  • 3-4 classes = 6,920 £ / 20,760 £
  • 5-6 classes = 8,538 £ / 25,614 £
  • 7-8 classes = 8,669 £ / 26,007 £
  • 9-11 grades = 11,985 £ / 35,955 £
  • Graduation classes 12-13 (Sixth Form) = 11,997 £ / 35,991 £.
from 12 800 £ / term


During the two-year GCSE course, children complete a part-time secondary education program according to British national standards (14-16 years). In total, 8-12 disciplines are surrendered at the final exams in grade 11 - both mandatory and optional, which students can choose at their own discretion.

Compulsory subjects:

  • Religious Studies (Theology)
  • English
  • physical culture and sports
  • mathematics.

In order to move from grade 10 to 11, the student must pass a minimum of 4 subjects per point B and 2 subjects per point C and higher. Particular attention should be paid to those areas that you plan to study on the A-level program in grades 12-13: the final GCSE certificate (exams are surrendered in grade 11) in these subjects should indicate grades no lower than B.

The cost of schooling depends on the age of the student and the chosen program (the price is indicated for 1 person for 1 trimester and 1 year respectively):

  • 3-4 classes = 6,920 £ / 20,760 £
  • 5-6 classes = 8,538 £ / 25,614 £
  • 7-8 classes = 8,669 £ / 26,007 £
  • 9-11 grades = 11,985 £ / 35,955 £
  • Graduation classes 12-13 (Sixth Form) = 11,997 £ / 35,991 £.
from 13 200 £ / term


The final two-year course for students 16-18 years old, planning to enter the best universities in the UK and the world. The A-level program is very intensive and complex - subjects are studied practically at the university level, deeply and thoroughly. But the A-level certificate is highly valued more than highly: it frees the student from additional entrance examinations and tests even when enrolling in the best, elite and prestigious universities.

The number of subjects studied is very small (3-5 directions), all of their students choose independently of 23 proposed options:

  • biology
  • theatrical studies, dramatic art
  • English
  • psychology
  • Greek language
  • political science
  • design technology
  • ethics
  • history
  • French
  • Latin
  • physics
  • entrepreneurship
  • art and design
  • chemistry
  • history of ancient civilizations
  • economy
  • physical education, sports
  • German
  • geography
  • Spanish
  • mathematics
  • music.

The cost of schooling depends on the age of the student and the chosen program (the price is indicated for 1 person for 1 trimester and 1 year respectively):

  • 3-4 classes = 6,920 £ / 20,760 £
  • 5-6 classes = 8,538 £ / 25,614 £
  • 7-8 classes = 8,669 £ / 26,007 £
  • 9-11 grades = 11,985 £ / 35,955 £
  • Graduation classes 12-13 (Sixth Form) = 11,997 £ / 35,991 £.

Accommodation, housing and food

The boarders of the school are given places in 6 cozy, comfortable residences: 2 men's houses, 2 women's, 2 for high school students on the Sixth Form. The pension is offered to students of 13-18 years (each residence is designed for 40-75 people): here for the students cozy comfortable rooms are prepared, beautifully furnished and equipped with necessary appliances, common recreation areas and lounges with TV and DVD, table tennis and billiards, soft furniture and board games. Shower and toilet rooms are located on each floor in sufficient quantity. Approximately 15% of the rooms are single rooms (they are usually reserved for high school students), 30; are designed for 4-6 people, 25% - for 2-3 people. In the houses with the students, the commandants - Housemaster - live together with assistants and their families: they look after the students and guarantee their safety 24/7, help to resolve any issues, monitor the observance of cleanliness, order and discipline.

Board meals are organized in the school cafeteria - students are offered delicious, varied, useful and nutritious meals every day, scrupulously developed by a qualified team of school cooks. On request, it is possible to organize a special diet: a medical diet, vegetarian or vegan, Jewish (kosher), Muslim (halal).

Between the houses are constantly held interesting competitions and games. Out of the number of successful students, the elders and prefects are elected: their candidatures are approved personally by the director. On the campus is a shop where you can buy sweets and drinks, useful household trivia and office supplies. Students (especially high school students) are allowed to go out to the nearest city for walks, excursions and shopping.

On campus there is a qualified nurse around the clock, a first aid station works, and daily sessions are held at the doctor-therapist.

Subjects, specialties, faculties

Subjects list : art, biology, Business research, chemistry, Classical civilization, cooking technology, design and technology, drama, economics, English, French, geography, history, Information Technology, Latin language, maths, music, Natural Sciences, physical Culture, physics, politics, Product design, psychology, Religious studies, Spanish

Events Dean Close School

Traditionally, for British boarding schools, the sports field is well developed: the students are offered a wide range of sports activities and optional sections:

  • rugby
  • water polo
  • football
  • horseback riding
  • badminton
  • volleyball
  • golf
  • cross-country running
  • basketball
  • cricket
  • polo
  • netball
  • Athletics
  • swimming
  • hockey
  • squash
  • aerobics
  • general fitness
  • choreography (several directions)
  • rock climbing
  • shooting (including sports)
  • tennis and others.

In physical culture, students can take exams at the GCSE and A-level programs, defend the honor of the school as part of national teams at regional and national competitions (especially the teams for hockey, track and field athletics and cricket). Many coaches working in the school were or remain successful and titled athletes, acted and taught internationally. Often trips of school teams are arranged abroad: Argentina, Italy, Holland, Malta (recently the women's netball team participated there in the championship), Australia, Spain, New Zealand and the Cook Islands (recently visited by the men's rugby team).

Widely represented and a variety of circles, sections and communities of interest (more than 100!):

  • pottery
  • drama and theater, acting skills
  • the photo
  • painting
  • graphic arts
  • natural history
  • dance studio
  • club of electronics
  • chess
  • club of archers
  • rowing
  • Natural Science Club
  • literary community and much, much more.

Dramatic and choreographic art can be studied at the level of A-level and passed exams on them; Also, those who wish can take the profile exam of the London Academy of Music and Drama (LAMDA), the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) or the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Approximately 30 people annually pass GCSE exams (10 - at A-level) in the direction of "Art and Design": prints, design, ceramics, textiles, photography and other options.

There are very popular classes in the music school, which is taught by more than 30 qualified teachers: annually more than 50 concerts are held on campus, in which vocal and instrumental ensembles, groups of different styles, choirs and orchestras take part. The school choir constantly performs in St Paul's Cathedral. Approximately half of the pupils regularly take lessons on playing musical instruments and even during the release they can pass a professional qualification exam. Many graduates enter the specialized higher education programs: Oxford or Cambridge (organ, choral department), RAM (Royal Academy of Music), RCM (Royal College of Music).

Senior students are offered the opportunity to compete for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize - participation and victory in this competition (provided for a gold, silver and bronze prize) are highly appreciated by admission commissions when enrolled at the university. Education in military sports training (CCF) is compulsory for students of 2-14 years, later they can be engaged voluntarily, as well as socially useful, volunteer and charitable projects.

For high school students there is a special Social Center, which helps them organize educational and leisure hours. On weekends and holidays, fun, cognitive and entertaining activities are organized in the evenings for students:

  • shopping
  • bowling
  • theater and cinema trips
  • museums and art galleries
  • exhibitions and opera
  • excursions to the most interesting cities in the UK, as well as border (France, Uganda, Greece, Italy and other countries of Europe and the world).


  • Convenient, geographically advantageous location: just 10 minutes from the center of Cheltenham, 2 hours from London and major metropolitan airports
  • A spacious campus (over 50 acres), first-class facilities, infrastructure and equipment
  • Comfortable living conditions - cozy, comfortable residences for students
  • Classes up to 15-20 people, not more.

Equipment Dean Close School

The school campus is located in the park area of ​​Cheltenham suburbs (Gloucestershire), 1.5-2 hours from London and the main metropolitan airports, and covers an area of ​​55 acres (over 20 hectares).

The administration of Dean Close School can be proud of its technical equipment, modern equipment and infrastructure:

  • School of Arts (studio of ceramics, design and technology, photography, sculpture, fine arts and painting, etc.)
  • Music school (includes professional recording studio and numerous rehearsal rooms, own concert hall, equipped with the latest technology)
  • Open amphitheater under the stars (400 seats)
  • Own theater for 550 seats Bacon
  • A huge, well-equipped library
  • Theater studio with its own stage
  • Numerous sports grounds - indoor and outdoor, for individual lessons and team games (artificial or natural surfaces)
  • Spacious multifunctional sports hall, gym (rebuilt and updated in 2006)
  • Tire
  • Climbing wall 
  • 25-meter swimming pool.

The architecture of the campus harmoniously combines the late Victorian style and modern buildings: to study here is not only convenient and comfortable, but also nice.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year in the school consists of traditional British trimesters:

  • autumn = September 5-December 15 (vacation from October 20 to November 5)
  • spring = January 9-March 23 (vacation from 19 to 19 February)
  • year = April 25-July 1 (vacation from May 26-27 to June 4).

The cost of schooling depends on the age of the student and the chosen program (the price is indicated for 1 person for 1 trimester and 1 year respectively):

  • 3-4 classes = 6,920 £ / 20,760 £
  • 5-6 classes = 8,538 £ / 25,614 £
  • 7-8 classes = 8,669 £ / 26,007 £
  • 9-11 grades = 11,985 £ / 35,955 £
  • Graduation classes 12-13 (Sixth Form) = 11,997 £ / 35,991 £.

This price already includes:

  • education on the selected program
  • accommodation and meals (residence, full board)
  • office supplies, teaching aids, books and materials
  • laundry service
  • leisure, sports, creative, excursion program, extra-curricular activities on a schedule
  • free use of the entire campus infrastructure
  • educational trips, student exchanges, sports and creative trips and tours
  • 24-hour child care, full guarantee of its safety and comfort
  • regular full-fledged reports for parents.

The indicated cost is not included and is paid additionally:

  • Registration fee = 100 £
  • Deposit confirming the place on the course = 500 £ - 750 £
  • Examination Boards
  • Deposit for education = 12,390 £ - 12,950 £
  • EFL lessons for international students = 1,200 £ / trimester
  • Additional academic and language classes (optional)
  • Additional leisure activities and excursions (optional)
  • Guardianship (registration with the agency + guardian services)
  • Air tickets in both directions
  • Transfer in both directions
  • Compulsory medical insurance
  • School Uniforms
  • Personal pocket expenses
  • Visa fees and services, translation and certification of documents
  • Consular fee (paid at the Embassy).

Extra fees:

  • Registration fee (for a programme/course) 100 GBP
  • Deposit for a course/programme 13000 GBP

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

Most children come to school at the age of 13 and 16: most often graduates of their own preparatory school Dean Close Preparatory School. Applicants are offered their own school examination and general testing of Common Entrance. If you qualify for a place in the Sixth Form program (here it is A-level), then be prepared to provide a GCSE certificate with a minimum of 6 delivered items (4 disciplines that you plan to study at A-level must be submitted for an assessment from B and above) . You will also need a report card with grades and characteristics from the previous place of study.

Many incoming students are from families of servicemen and church ministers. According to statistics, 45% of families live within a radius of only 20 miles from the school, and 15% are foreign students.

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