Dean Close School

Dean Close School is set on a lush 50-acre campus close to the centre of beautiful west-country town Cheltenham. Next to its academic strength, the school is known for excellent sports (hockey in particular!), music and product design. We love Dean Close School for its warm atmosphere, its groundedness and lack of pretense.
Von Bülow Education placed 3 pupils here in 2019.

The Essentials

  • Number of pupils: 475

  • Percentage of boarders: 60%

  • Percentage of international pupils: 15%

  • Av. class size: senior school - 13 / 6th Form - 9

  • Closest international airport: Bristol Airport, one hour away by car

  • Fees per term for 2019/2020: £12,600

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What we think
A fantastic school for pupils who like to get stuck in and hockey-cracks!

The Details

The Academics:

A-Levels and GCSEs on offer.

Dean Close School is not overly selective and achieves very decent exam results considering: in 2019, 60% of GCSE results were As and 48% of A-Level results were As. Very respectable indeed!

One special highlight is product design. The school sports a state-of-the-art design and technology department. We saw some very high quality designs including modern desks, lamps and even an electric car.

With regards to languages Dean Close School has German, French, Spanish, Latin and Greek on offer.


60% of pupils board. Six boarding houses exist, all refurbished thanks to a 20-year investment programme. Day pupils are part of a boarding house and are allowed to stay two nights a week at school.

Exeat week-ends exist and are compulsory.


Dean Close School has a phenomenally strong sports offer. Stand-outs here are the incredibly successful hockey (19 national finals in the last five years!) and equestrian offer with show-jumping, eventing and dressage.

As mentioned above Dean Close School has a very strong product design offer with great facilities, passionate teachers and very engaged pupils. The arts department deserves similar accolades!

Music is a further forte here with a celebrated choir, several orchestras and over 50 major music performances, ranging from symphony-orchestra performances to lunch-time recitals.

We are also fans of the school's interesting extracurricular activities. The most recent addition we are very excited by is the new cooking school that even includes an Introductory Food and Wine Certificate!

Last but not least, Dean Close School is a refreshingly unpretentious, friendly school in a highly attractive urban location!


The compulsory exeat week-end can be a logistical challenge for international families needing to find accomodation for their child.

The Location
Dean Close School is part of picturesque Cheltenham town.

The Address
Dean Close School
Shelburne Road
GL51 6HE

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