Reports & Reviews


Inspection Report - Rated EXCELLENT by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) – 2019 

Inspection Reports

Dean Close St John’s received the highest rating of EXCELLENT in the ISI’s Educational Quality Inspection.

The two outcomes which the Inspection Report covers are:
• ‘The quality of pupils’ academic and other achievements’: EXCELLENT
• ‘The quality of pupils’ personal development’: EXCELLENT

Here are just a few highlights from the report:

‘Pupils make rapid progress in most lessons because they take responsibility for their learning and behaviour and successfully engage in independent and collaborative study.

Pupils have excellent moral awareness; they value the opinion of others, consistently demonstrating courtesy and respect.

Pupils take on a wide range of responsibilities with enthusiasm and maturity; they have high levels of social awareness and work effectively together.

The school has also met all of the criteria in the Focused Compliance Inspection for Schools with Residential Provision (there are only two judgements in this inspection: ‘met’ or ‘not met’).



The Good Schools Guide is the number one trusted guide to schools in the UK, helping parents in every aspect of choosing the best education for their children.

 Pupils are charming, confidently saying hello as we walked through the corridors. Parents say, ‘kind, compassionate little humans are being nurtured.’ A school very happy in its own skin.


  Click to read the full Good Schools Guide Review for Dean Close St John’s.




School Notices provides behind the scenes access from leading independent schools in the UK.

We loved the size and friendly feel. There are fantastic facilities but they are all nicely placed together. The family atmosphere was immediate and we loved how confident the older children in the school seemed. The pre prep classrooms all had their own outdoor space as well as a playground for the years to mix.

The small class sizes mean children are really tasked with work that suits their ability. The wraparound care is so flexible and affordable which helps working parents enormously. We love the approachability and responsiveness of the teaching staff.


  Click to read the full School Notices review for Dean Close St John's