Dean Close St John's
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Castleford Hill
NP16 7LE
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St. John's on-the-Hill is an IAPS co-educational day and boarding preparatory school with all-year round Day Nurseries and a Pre-Prep. St. John's principal aim is to provide an education for children aged 3 months to 13 years, both day and boarding, which will motivate, challenge, encourage and inspire them.

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“Best Prep school”

"> St John’s brings out the best of a traditional British prep school whilst retaining a family feel, it punches well above its weight in all aspects of school life and has been a fantastic start to our sons education.
“A fantastic school with a family-friendly feel.”

"> A fantastic school with a family-friendly feel. Small classes and excellent teaching give children confidence and enable them to reach their potential.
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Last update: 13 November 2021

St. John’s on-the-Hill has been ranked amongst the ten best value Prep Schools in the United Kingdom by The Good Schools Guide in associasion with the Telegraph.  The details of this can now be seen on the Telegraph website at

When the most important people in the world to you are your children, it is a difficult decision to choose the right school; whether that is in the area where you live, or whether you choose to send your child to board. Value comes into this equation and it is often difficult to quantify what we actually mean by it. It is certainly wrong to compare schools on monetary terms alone. I could write a huge essay about what makes St. John’s such good value but it is actually about the values that it instils in the children who come to us. The below post appeared on Facebook yesterday and I think it perfectly sums up why the school has received such fantastic recognition. As you would expect we are very proud to have received this accolade and it represents what a truly wonderful school St. John’s is.

‘Cost is of course a significant factor when considering ‘value for money’, and it is heartening to hear that St John’s is still extraordinarily competitive on that scale. In my opinion though, the best ‘value’ has to be judged on the integrity, happiness, determination and belief in self that the pupils take on into their teenage years and beyond, from that prep school foundation. St John’s was undoubtedly the best school for all three of my VERY different children; academically they were supported and thrived; the boarding environment gave my children such a wonderful mixture of genuine care and independence but most of all they were instilled with the ‘Spirit of St John’s’ …. a mark that has stayed with them in their mid-teenage (for one child) and early adult years (for the other two). Quite frankly the value of St John’s cannot be quantified in pounds sterling, it proves its worth by the integrity, the accomplishments and the good heartedness of the children who leave them.’

Ex-parent 2nd October 2015

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This school is independently managed and its admission criteria may be selective. There is no set catchment area as pupils are admitted from a wide variety of postcodes and, in the case of boarding schools, from outside the UK. Contact the school directly or visit their website for more information on Admissions Policy and Procedures.