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The school aims to ‘fire the imagination and enthusiasm of every pupil’, and children here benefit from subject specialist teachers, increasingly as they move towards common entrance. Setting from year 6 onwards based on individual learning plans. Subject knowledge boosted by frequent trips and plenty of hands-on activities - the emphasis is still on fun and teamwork. The list of clubs, many set up by the children themselves, runs from the predictable Warhammer, to the gloriously unexpected Norman Wisdom film club and…

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What the school says...

At Dean Close Preparatory School we focus on individual development, helping to nurture each child's strengths and talents. The small classes and excellent facilities ensure above average academic results. DCPS is a Christian school with a warm caring family atmosphere.

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All-through school (for example 3-18 years). - An all-through school covers junior and senior education. It may start at 3 or 4, or later, and continue through to 16 or 18. Some all-through schools set exams at 11 or 13 that pupils must pass to move on.


Equestrian centre or equestrian team - school has own equestrian centre or an equestrian team.


What The Good Schools Guide says


Since 2015, Paddy Moss, who was previously head of St Andrew's Prep School, Turi, in Kenya. (He attended the school himself in the 1970s and was head there 2006-2015). His wife, Julie, is also a teacher and they have three daughters.


Admission to pre-prep by taster day including information assessment. From year 3 by cognitive ability and English papers plus interview and school report. Year 3s mostly from own pre-prep, but roughly a third more come into year 7 from local preps and primaries. School makes the test as unthreatening as possible - on our visit we saw one girl enjoying chocolate and having a fuss made of her in the office, having finished her paper. Choristers (boys only) auditioned between 7-11 years.

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Special Education Needs

Dean Close Preparatory School caters for mild dyslexia and literacy difficulties. Sessions are arranged on a withdrawal or in-class support basis according to need; delivered by two specialst trained teachers and supplemented by a qualified Learning Support assistant who is currently undergoing specialist dyslexia training. Lessons are arranged for small groups, pairs or on a one to one basis. Should the need arise, study skills and curriculum support are available. The school has just implemented numeracy support; one member of staff is about to undertake specialist training and another dyscalculia trained teacher joined the staff in January 2008. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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