Employment Opportunities


The Dean Close Foundation is a growing, vibrant and diverse family of independent schools and nurseries, uniting around a shared vision and set of values. These spring from the origins of Dean Close School, which was founded in 1886 in memory of Dean Francis Close, Rector of Cheltenham and educational philanthropist. The Christian ethos of that original school continues today where the aim is that every child should be given the opportunities to flourish, underpinned by its core values of courage, contribution and love which are the guiding principles behind its educational vision. The Foundation currently has five schools and six nurseries within its group, creating a strong community that can share best practice, resources and a secure future.  We value our staff and believe that attracting and retaining the very best people is fundamental to allowing the Foundation to continue to develop and provide exceptional care for the children we look after. 

We offer a huge range of roles in a variety of locations in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Chepstow and Newport.  Our Council (Governing Body) recognises the importance of recruiting and retaining the best staff to work at the Dean Close Foundation so we offer a fantastic range of benefits:

  • Health cash plan
  • Fee remission for staff at our nurseries and schools
  • Community events
  • Free lunch, during term time
  • Free onsite parking
  • Use of the gym and swimming pool, at specified times
  • Discounted Bacon Theatre tickets
  • Discounts on Children’s holiday camps
  • Company sick pay entitlement
  • Company pension scheme
  • Discounted golf fees at Brickhampton Golf Club
  • Cycle to Work Scheme  

Our Teachers are vibrant, progressive and passionate about education and come from a range of diverse backgrounds, we are an inclusive employer and celebrate uniqueness. The Little Trees Nursery practitioners are dedicated to giving young children the care and attention they need to aid their social, emotional and intellectual development. Those who work in our Shared Services are essential to the overall success of the Foundation, this includes include Admissions, Marketing, IT, Estates, Grounds, HR, Finance, Dean Close Services and Development. Their skills and expertise allow the Foundation to function effectively across all support functions.

Current Vacancies

Dean Close Foundation is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.