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Dean Close Preparatory School 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Exam Information – Key Details


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Dean Close School is a co-educational day and boarding school in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Founded in 1886, it is a high-performing facility whose leavers often proceed on to further education at Russell Group universities. [1]


The Prep Department boasts a broad curriculum which introduces children to a variety of disciplines, including English, mathematics, science, French, history, geography, RS, art, DT, ICT, drama, music and PE. 


Its strong and varied educational provision extends beyond the limitations of the classroom, encompassing a rich selection of extracurricular clubs. Consequently, pupils have the opportunity to engage in fencing, chess, athletics, tennis, origami and gardening, among other clubs, and become fully involved in school life while building positive relationships with staff and peers. [2]


Dean Close offers state-of-the-art facilities, including a 550-seat professional theatre and a 25m indoor heated swimming pool, some of which are used by both Senior and Prep School students. The Prep Department solely has undergone numerous refurbishments and is now home to a £4.5 million education centre, two new drama studios and a cutting-edge ICT suite. [3]


Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Information


Address: Lansdown Road, Cheltenham GL51 6QS

County: Gloucestershire

Admissions info: or 01242 258001

School type: Independent, co-ed day and boarding school 

Open days: In the Spring and Summer terms

7+ Exam date: On Taster Day


Open Events for Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Entry


Open Events at Dean Close Prep ensure that prospective families learn first-hand what it means to be a part of its vibrant community. You and your child will enjoy a guided tour of facilities and refreshments, during which you can meet up with key staff members and ask questions about the ethos and admissions process. 


Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Admissions


Following the visit, you may wish to take the next step and register your child for entry. Registration forms, which can be accessed through this page, should be submitted with a fee of £100. 


Entrance assessments are completed on Taster Day, or at another mutually convenient date. If a place is offered, you will be asked to accept it with a payment of a deposit.


Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Scholarships and Bursaries


Dean Close Prep offers a 7+ scholarship award on the basis of your child’s ability, potential, attitude and work ethos. 


Other Prep School awards cover up to 15% of the day fees, excluding any extras. They are valid till the end of Year 6, by which time your child will have the opportunity to apply for 11+ scholarships. More details are available on this page.


Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Format


The Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus (7+) exam consists of the following assessments:


  • English Writing
  • Cognitive Abilities Test 


The English exam examines writing skills, including punctuation and grammar. Marks will be awarded for good use of imagination, creativity, form, purpose, organisation, cohesion and sentence structure.


The online Cognitive Abilities Test (CAT4) assesses Verbal, Non-Verbal, Spatial and Quantitative Reasoning.


Please see below for further details and recommendations on how to prepare for the Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus entrance examination.


How to Prepare for the Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Entrance Assessment 


Practice tests are an effective tool for preparation for the Dean Close Prep School 7+ exam. With the help of our practice tests, designed and formatted to match the actual exams, your child will learn to deal with various 7+ exam question types quickly and confidently. 


The benefits for your child are numerous: the tests provide focused practice and familiarity with a wide variety of possibilities and examples, serving as an indicator of any weaker areas that require additional work ahead of the exam. We suggest starting early with your revision so that you have plenty of time to identify subject areas that need additional work.


The majority of our 7+ resources are accompanied by detailed step-by-step video tutorials for every question. These are available for free with all purchases. It’s like having a word-class tutor explain each question to your child at no extra cost!


Our practice tests are used successfully every year by tens of thousands of students targeting schools with a competitive entrance exam. They are age-appropriate, reflecting the demands of the actual exam.


Our recommendations to help your child prepare for the Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus entrance exam can be found below.


Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus (7+) Exam Practice Papers


If you are at the very beginning of your 7+ journey, you may wish to start with our range of 6+ resources. These cover the core skills your child needs to develop but at a slightly easier level.


Our 6+ range will help your child develop confidence and a strong foundation before they progress further with the 7+ material listed below.




We highly recommend the following packs to prepare successfully for the Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus English assessment. They will help improve your child’s writing skills:


7+ English: Writing

7+ English: Rewrite & Improve

7+ English: Punctuation

7+ English: Spelling

7+ English: Dictation


The Complete Illustrated Guide to 7+ Writing


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Cognitive Abilities Test


The following packs will significantly boost your child’s Reasoning abilities ahead of the Dean Close Prep School 7 Plus Cognitive Abilities Test:


Full Practice Tests


CAT4 – Level X – Practice Test 1

CAT4 – Level X – Practice Test 2

CAT4 – Level X – Practice Test 3

CAT4 – Level X – Practice Test 4

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Our practice tests aim to show the sorts of questions that have been included in Dean Close Prep School 7+ past papers. The information provided about Dean Close Prep School was believed to be correct at the time of publishing. However, please be aware of future changes. We advise you to contact the school directly if you are unsure of anything. School contact details are provided within the post.


Other entry points for Dean Close School:


Click here to learn about Year 4 entry via the 8 Plus (8+) Exam

Click here to learn about Year 7 entry via the 11 Plus (11+) Exam

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