• Excellent for academic achievement
  • Excellent for personal development

This was confirmed by the recent inspection by the Independent Schools Inspectorate at Chepstow’s preparatory school for children up to 13 years, part of the Dean Close Foundation.

According to the inspectors, St John’s pupils are: ‘highly motivated and confident, positively embracing new challenges and opportunities’.


‘make rapid progress’ in lessons

‘have excellent study skills’

‘have excellent moral awareness’.

Ruth Frett, Head since 2016, said: “We are delighted with the report; to be rated ‘excellent’ in all areas is testament to our brilliant staff and pupils.

“We believe that every child benefits from individual attention from teachers, who are subject specialists, in small classes. We are proud to offer an exciting and varied curriculum, wonderful opportunities and outstanding facilities, to help every pupil reach their full potential whilst being nurtured in a family environment.

“This is reflected in the confidence and high self-esteem of our pupils.”

The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) is the body approved by the Department for Education for the purpose of inspecting schools belonging to Independent Schools Council (ISC) Associations and reporting on compliance with independent school regulations. ISI inspections are also carried out under arrangements of the ISC Associations for the maintenance and improvement of the quality of their membership.