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Not a Minute wasted, not a moment rushed

Set in beautiful surroundings, overlooking Chepstow Castle, Dean Close St John's offers exceptional co-education schooling for children aged 3 - 13 years.

Childhood at Dean Close St John's School. It is more than an education, it is a profound feeling of freedom; a chance to climb trees, get muddy knees, light fires, to take risks and to be challenged, to laugh and to build lifelong friendships.  Being given the independence to explore their learning, both inside and outside the classroom, is an essential ingredient to every child’s educational journey. When combined with nurturing creativity, children are shaped into curious, resilient and outstanding learners, whose focus is not merely on a destination but on the skills acquired and honed along the way.  

A real childhood is more important than ever against today’s backdrop of uncertainty - it is not a rehearsal but a precious time of growth where every part of the child must be nurtured. In the safe environment of outstanding pastoral care, mistakes can happen, failures can be embraced and worries eased. The results are clear: kind, caring and respectful children who are well-grounded and confident in who they are. The indescribable value of simply being outdoors must never be underestimated. 

At St John’s we endeavour to give our children the time and space to be present in the moment so that they can enjoy their childhood to the full.