Dean Close Wins Best Independent School of the Year - again!
22nd May 2019

Dean Close is delighted to have been crowned the Best Independent School of the Year at the SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards for the second year running. This accolade comes just 12 months after winning the award at the inaugural event in 2018. 

Following a nomination and shortlisting process at the start of the year, SoGlos readers were invited to vote for their favourite Gloucestershire lifestyle businesses, events and individuals in 22 categories.

Representing the School at the SoGlos flagship occasion held in Gloucester Cathedral was the Dean Close Pre-Preparatory School Headmistress, Dr Carolyn Shelley and Dean Close Preparatory School Headmaster, Paddy Moss.  Present alongside 280 other guests, dignitaries and hopeful businesses, they were delighted to accept the prestigious award on behalf of the School. Other nominees included Cheltenham College (runners-up), Bredon School, Hatherop Castle School, Kitebrook Preparatory School, Hopelands Independent School and Rendcomb College.

In its nomination application, the School stated: “At Dean Close pupils arrive at different times in their lives, each with their own story and distinct personality. No two people are the same; in beliefs, abilities, age, ethnicity, gender and background; all these qualities contribute to our uniqueness. It is the Dean Close community’s belief that everyone has the right to fulfil their potential, no matter where that potential is found. It is a foundational principle at Dean Close that every pupil is equally valuable, and that it is our role as educators to help them find their gifts and to give them the inspiration, encouragement and expert input to enable them to shine.”

“Dean Close staff and pupils give over and above what is requested of them time and time again, staying late for music rehearsals, travelling to matches in all parts of the country, organising visits, trips and speakers to enrich pupils’ learning, providing extra coaching or tutoring to achieve the very best grades or just reassuring a pupil who may be missing home.”

At the award ceremony, SoGlos commended the School as: “A thriving, vibrant, progressive School renowned for focusing on individual development and helping to nurture each child’s strengths. A School that is clearly loved by many SoGlos readers who showed their support with hundreds of votes.”

Headmaster, Paddy Moss, said, "It was wonderful to be part of an event that spanned the whole of Gloucestershire and to be recognised alongside some very well-established businesses as well as some brand new enterprises. The most satisfying part was that we have been voted for by members of the Dean Close community – parents, pupils and staff. To know that those individuals are ready to support the School in a public setting is incredibly encouraging."

Speaking about the awards, SoGlos’s group publisher, James Fyrne said: “The level of interest, support and excitement around our awards has been phenomenal. The list of finalists represents the best of the best in Gloucestershire, and the winners should all be very proud in coming top of their categories, as chosen by SoGlos readers.”  Winners from other categories included Gloucester Rugby, the Cheltenham Literature Festival and Cowley Manor.

Warden, Emma Taylor, commented: “Winning the SoGlos Award for a second time is a wonderful endorsement; the award is a fabulous way to give public recognition for the extraordinary, and usually invisible efforts every pupil and member of staff make to create this remarkable community.  I would like to extend my own personal thanks to the hundreds of voters who showed their support.”