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Dean Close School

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‘Safe, happy, comfortable’ was how one parent summed up the Dean Close experience. Others said it was a school where pupils are ‘expected to be kind' and that it was ‘good for square pegs’ ...Long tradition of choral excellence starts in the prep with the exquisitely trained voices of the Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum choristers. Riders are galloping ahead and it’s rosettes all the way in team and individual show jumping, eventing and dressage...

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What the school says...

Dean Close School offers a unique educational opportunity to all who wish to experience this family and community centred approach to learning and life. The School is truly co-educational, where the number of girls and boys are almost equal. The school aims to broaden the opportunities of each and every pupil through an exceptional array of facilities in sport, music, theatre and art as well some 100 clubs and societies. Facilities include an impressive 550-seat theatre/concert hall, a purpose-built art centre and music school. An underlying Christian ethos generates genuine warmth and mutual respect at all levels within the school. ...Read more

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Since 2015, Bradley Salisbury MEd PGCE (40s), previously deputy head since 2009. Son of a vicar, he was educated at Monkton Combe School. First degree (theology) from Leeds, and then on to Bristol where he completed his PGCE and later a master’s in educational leadership. It was while training for his PGCE that he met his wife, Claire. Taught religious studies at Gordano School before moving to Bristol Cathedral School as head of RS and head of years 10 and 11; thence to Wells Cathedral School where he was head of RS and a housemaster.

Friendly, full of energy and clearly enjoying his headship. Parents approve: ‘Holistic, open-minded, very approachable’, ‘definitely listening’. Pupils lost for sufficiently eulogistic words when asked to describe him and settled for, ‘Just so, so good.’...

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Special Education Needs

We provide the following support services: Literacy support, numeracy support, curriculum support, study skills. 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 Y
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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