A very warm welcome to Dean Close St John’s. St John’s is an exciting place, full of joy, where every child is nurtured, encouraged and recognised for the individual that they are. Childhood is the most special of times, it should encapsulate a profound feeling of freedom; a chance to climb trees, get muddy knees, light fires, to take risks and be challenged, to laugh and to build lifelong friendships.
Academic success remains a priority. Giving children 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.
At St John’s we encourage children to think deeply, to be utterly kind in every situation and to ask inquisitive questions, preparing them to leave as confident learners, faithful friends and compassionate leaders.
Situated in the stunning Wye Valley, looking out over Chepstow castle and just thirty minutes from the centre of Bristol, Newport and Monmouth, we have a fantastic setting where children are free to engage in a range of sports, to take their learning outside and to lose themselves in our outdoor space.
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 aspect 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, resilient 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.
Whether already settled in the area or planning a move, we look forward to welcoming you to experience our school for yourselves. You will meet our dedicated and talented staff team, our outstanding pupils and the warm and friendly community that is Dean Close St John’s.
With best wishes,
Watch our Head’s latest video welcoming in the new term: