Dean Close has a genuinely mixed population with significant numbers of day and boarding pupils plus a small number of dayboarders who stay one or two nights per week. With families from as far afield as Australia or as close as across the road, the School operates in a very flexible way, taking account of the different needs and circumstances of each individual family.

With its large population of boarders, Dean Close buzzes with activity 24 hours a day and many of the day pupils enjoy the extra activities and life that a boarding school creates.

Every pupil is accommodated in a House which is their main social and pastoral unit. There are four day and six boarding houses (two of which are Sixth Form only houses) -

  • Day Girls - Hatherley, Mead
  • Day Boys - Dale, Field
  • Boarding Girls - Fawley, Shelburne, Turner
  • Boarding Boys - Brook Court, Gate, Tower

Houses are vertical, accommodating pupils from 13-18 years, with between 40-75 in each House, split between boys and girls.

Each House is run by a Housemaster or Housemistress. This person is the main conduit with parents, having overall responsibility for the welfare and progress of each child in their House. They are supported by House Tutors who look after a small group of pupils each. In the boarding houses, the Housemaster or Housemistress resides in the House.


Principles and Practice

Dayboarding is provided as a ‘half-way house' between being a day pupil and a boarder. Many who take up the option of dayboarding become full boarders in due course, and it can be seen as a way of easing into boarding for someone who has not boarded before. Places for dayboarders are strictly limited in order to maintain the atmosphere and ethos of the boarding houses. Places are allocated upon written request from parents and on a ‘first come, first served' basis. Please note that there is no guarantee that because a pupil has been a dayboarder at Dean Close Preparatory School there will automatically be a place available as a dayboarder at the Senior School. Questions regarding dayboarding should be addressed to the Admissions Department - 01242 258044 or registrar@deanclose.org.uk

Dayboarding Principles & Practice | PDF

Boarding Inspection Report

The latest ISI Boarding Inspection took place in October 2012 and essentially checked the School’s compliance with regulatory standards. The Inspection was very successful and judged Dean Close to be fully compliant. This inspection carries with it no formal grades as to how good our boarding provision is, but the fact that there were only 2 minor recommendations is a clear indication that Dean Close boarding is providing the caring environment. The Inspectors described boarding as a flourishing community and one in which boarders are happy with their lives.

Boarding Inspection Report | PDF