St Dunstan's College
Lewisham, United Kingdom
About St Dunstan's College
About St. Dunstan’s College
‘Inspiring and assisting young people to achieve their potential’
The history of St Dunstan’s College can be traced back to 1408, making it one of the oldest schools in the country. It still retains strong links with the City of London, from where it originated. For the last 125 years the College has been located in Catford, within the Borough of Lewisham in South East London. The location of the College is a key element in defining its identity and the College is proud of its reflection of the diverse and vibrant community in which it is located. St Dunstan’s is a coeducational school for 867 pupils aged from 3 to 18 years. The Headmaster is a member of HMC (The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference) and the Head of the Junior School a member of IAPS (The Independent Association of Prep School Heads). The College Management Team, chaired by the Headmaster, consists of the Bursar, the Head of Junior School and the Deputy Heads of Senior School. Admission to the College is competitive at all entry points.
The College has seen a number of significant changes in recent years. One major change was the admission of girls in 1994. This has proved highly successful and the College has a truly co-educational ethos. The Pre-preparatory Department was established in 1995 and a Nursery followed in 2008. Both now form part of a flourishing Junior School which sits within the College site and, by extension, is an essential component of College identity. Most Junior School children transfer on to the Senior School as a natural transition. Most parents like to commit to the whole-College ‘family’ and a large proportion of parents have more than one child at the College. The social life of the College is therefore an important feature of its ethos and our ‘Family Society’ is as important in name as it is in what it achieves.
The College has enjoyed considerable development and refurbishment over recent years, with an investment of around 10 million pounds. The swimming pool has been completely refurbished and a new roof added, the Chemistry laboratories have been rebuilt and the front façade of the building has been renovated and cleaned. The recent acquisition of 30 acres of playing fields, just 500 metres away from the College buildings, is an exciting opportunity which should permit further development on both sites. Planning is currently underway for the construction of a new Junior School on the College grounds.
The size of the College community is small compared to many of its competitors, offering all pupils an individualised approach to learning and development within a friendly, inclusive and nurturing environment. The ethos of the College is welcoming, without pretence, and draws upon the liberal Christian values of its foundation. Relationships between all members of the community are based upon mutual respect this is well embedded. The recent addition of 30 Chinese pupils to the school every year does nothing but further the diversity and international outlook of the College.
St Dunstan’s is a happy place to learn and teach, where great careers are launched and genuine friendships are forged.