General Information

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Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School, fondly known as ‘The Squirrels’, is set in 50 acres of private land, close to the centre of Cheltenham. We are proud to be part of the Dean Close family of schools, providing excellent education for boys and girls from 2 years to 18 years.

The Pre-Preparatory School is based in a modern, purpose-built building that opened in 2004, with excellent facilities and resources, including integral hall, library, outdoor adventure play areas and our own exciting Forest School. Our pupils are also able to make use of some of the outstanding facilities on the whole School campus, such as the swimming pool, tennis courts and newly opened sports' complex.

The Curriculum

 Our curriculum offers a wide range of learning opportunities aimed at stimulating and nurturing your child’s 
 development and interests in an intellectual, physical, spiritual, social and emotional sense. The high teacher-to-
 pupil ratio ensures that each child is able to develop and learn at their own pace. We encourage progress
 through immediate positive praise and certificates celebrating achievements, whether it is an academic or a 
 personal skill.

 Trips and visits support and extend our academic curriculum with trips to working farms, zoos and museums.
 We also invite visitors such as authors, musicians and explorers to bring their love of their subject into the
                                                                               classroom to further extend the boundaries of the children’s learning.