Following an exciting nomination and shortlisting process at the start of this year, Dean Close School has been crowned the Best Independent School of the Year at the first ever SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards.
Warden, Emma Taylor, and Dean Close School Headmaster, Bradley Salisbury were amongst 250 guests, dignitaries and hopeful businesses gathered at Blackfriars Priory in Gloucester for the inaugural Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards. Excited to be a part of the celebrations and nominated with Kitebrook Preparatory School, Cheltenham Ladies’ College, Hopelands Independent School, Malvern St James Girls’ School, Rendcomb College, The King’s School; the Dean Close representatives were delighted to accept this prestigious award.
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. The award is a wonderful way to give public recognition for the extraordinary, and usually invisible efforts every pupil and member of staff make to create this remarkable community.
SoGlos said of the School, “The winner of the Independent Schools Award is more than just a school; it’s a vibrant, colourful community, where all pupils are given the opportunity to thrive. With some of the best educational establishments battling it out to be crowned as the winner, Dean Close was set apart with its vast offering of academic and artistic subjects as well as outstanding pastoral care.”
Headmaster, Bradley Salisbury, 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."
Thank you to everyone for voting and supporting the Dean Close community in winning this very special award.