Dean Close School is one of international boarding schools in England. Dean Close is a co-ed school for boys and girls located in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The main
purpose of the Dean Close curriculum is to offer a challenging and
balanced academic education, equipping pupils for the opportunities and
demands of their future lives. Boarding facilities are excellent. We aim to stretch the minds of the most
able pupils while ensuring that those of more moderate ability obtain
the necessary qualifications and the greatest intellectual satisfaction
of which they are capable. The Director of Studies advises pupils on
subject choices at all stages of their progression through the School.
A committed common room uses a range of teaching styles to deliver a
broad-based curriculum, with most pupils sitting 9 or 10
GCSEs. Alongside core subjects, there is a genuine breadth of choice
from Design Technology to Greek and from Physics to Spanish to Drama.
Class sizes average between 15-20 and all classrooms, laboratories,
library facilities and seminar rooms are fitted to the very highest
standards with state-of-the-art technology. Coupled with an excellent
teaching staff, this is what accounts for the 98 percent of pupils who
obtain university places each year.
Fourth Form (Year 9)
All pupils in the Fourth Form study the following subjects: English,
History, Mathematics, Latin/Classical Civilisation, Geography, French,
Physics, Religious Studies, Chemistry and Biology.
- The creative Studies course introduces the scholars to a wide
range of artistic and creative subjects, embracing Design Technology,
Art & Design, Drama, Music and Physical Education.
- Spanish is studied as a second modern foreign language by the majority.
- Classical Greek is an extra subject for the most able Latin students.
Remove & Fifth Form (Years 10 & 11)
GCSE subject options are chosen in the second term of the Fourth
Form. Most pupils will take 10 GCSEs. The core curriculum studied by
all pupils consists of: English, Mathematics, Religious Studies,
Physical Education and PHSE. The majority of pupils take French or
English as a secondary language (ESL). The rest of the available
subjects are in option groups.
GCSE Religious Studies (short course) is taken by all candidates at
the end of the Remove Form (Year 10). Members of the top set in
Mathematics sit the IGCSE examination at the end of the Remove Form,
which enables them to further their studies in both depth and breadth in
the Fifth Form by taking Additional Maths.
In order to undertake the normal A level course we expect scholars to
have obtained a minimum of four GCSE passes at B & 2 at grade C,
with B the standard minimum requirement in those subjects intended for
Most Sixth Formers choose four A level subjects in the first year,
which will lead to AS qualifications at the end of that year. Three
subjects will normally be continued to the full A level (A2) in the
There is at present the wide range of 23 subjects from which to
choose, as follows: English, History, Mathematics, Politics, Physics,
Philosophy & Ethics, Chemistry, Biology, Economics, French, Business
Studies, German, Psychology, Spanish, Theatre Studies, Latin, Art &
Design, Greek, Music, Classical Civilisation, Design Technology,
Geography, Physical Education.