Moving on to Dean Close School

As the school is a proud member of the Dean Close Foundation, St John's pupils can automatically transfer to Dean Close School in Cheltenham after year 8.  Some pupils will already have a Dean Close 11+ scholarship that will carry through to age 18, whilst others can apply for 13+ scholarships.  Both schools are here to help parents with the process of transferring to Dean Close School, and we encourage ongoing conversations at any stage of prep school. Here is an example timeline to walk you through the process.


Conversations with Dean Close St John's Head, and Admissions Team at Dean Close School

Attend a Dean Close School Open Morning or request a personal visit (email or phone 01242 258000)

Register  - registration form supplied by Dean Close School Admissions Office. The registration fee is waived for Dean Close St John's pupils

If you are interested in applying for a 13+ Scholarship please contact the Dean Close Admissions Team email or phone 01242 258000

The following 13+ Scholarships are available 

  • Academic
  • Art
  • Choral
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Service and contribution
  • Sport

August/September of year 8 – contact Dean Close School Admissions team to arrange a personal visit  

The application deadline is before the Christmas holidays in Year 8

The 13+ assessments will be held in the January of Year 8.


22nd May 7.00-8.30pm.

Bradley Salisbury (Head of Dean Close School) and Rebecca Chaplin (Director of Admissions) visit St John's to meet parents of current year 5 and 6

12th May, 6th Oct, 17th Nov 2023

Rebecca Chaplin (Director of Admissions), and Mathew Madeley (Financial Controller) will be at St John's Open Mornings to meet parents and discuss options/finances   

7th Oct 2023, 2nd March & 11th May 2024

Dean Close School Open Mornings

13+ Scholarship dates

Thursday 28 September 2023

Scholarship Information Evening

September to November 2023

Bespoke visits to Dean Close School for St John's families including meeting Heads of Departments

Friday 1st December 2023 

Deadline for scholarship applications (submitted by St John's year 8 pupils)

Monday 22th – Friday 26th Jan 2024

Assessments in Sport, Art, Drama, Music, PDT & Academic