"stimulating young minds to develop a love of learning"

Welcome to Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School, fondly known as the ‘Squirrels’. Our school is set in beautiful grounds, close to the centre of Cheltenham, in a modern, purpose-built building. We have excellent facilities and resources and also benefit from being able to share in the outstanding Preparatory and Senior School facilities on site.

We understand that a child’s first experience of school is a vital step in their learning journey, developing the knowledge, skills and self-confidence which lay the foundations for their lives. At the Squirrels, we aim to provide a broad and exciting, child-centred curriculum which will stimulate young minds and ignite a love of learning, enabling children to develop and flourish. The Christian ethos is at the heart of our schools and we believe that each child is a valued and unique member of the community, loved by God.

CaringOur high teacher-to-pupil ratio enables our dedicated and caring staff to meet each child’s individual needs and provide a safe and happy learning environment. We believe that parents are partners in education and so we maintain an open door policy enabling parents to discuss each child’s progress and day-to-day issues.

If you are visiting the website for the first time, I hope that you will gain an insight into our busy, happy and exciting school. The best way to understand us, however, is to visit and find out for yourself!  My colleagues and I look forward to welcoming you to ‘The Squirrels’ soon.