Dulwich College Seoul
Korea, Republic of
About Dulwich College Seoul
Dulwich College Seoul opened its innovatively designed building in September 2010 and boasts state-of-the-art educational facilities in the heart of one of Asia’s most dynamic cities. The College has expanded to become a through school offering places to over 650 students from Nursery to Year 13 age groups, nurturing all aspects of each child’s intellectual, physical, creative and social development. Dulwich fully embraces standards of academic, sporting and artistic excellence in an international setting, whilst recognising the rich and varied culture of its host country.
Our student population benefits from a rich international and multi-cultural mix, with 40 different nationalities represented. Having successfully passed its accreditation visits, Dulwich College Seoul is now a full member of both the Council of International Schools (CIS) and WASC (Western Association of School and Colleges).
As an accredited CIE and EdExcel exam centre, the College offers the widest choice of IGCSE courses in Seoul. The College is an authorised IB World School, offering the IB Diploma Programme since September 2015.
There is emphasis on developing well-rounded individuals with thirst for learning and a sense of role as responsible citizens in a changing world. Dulwich is a ‘learning community’ with teachers embracing learning theories and action research to shape innovation.
The curriculum is based on an enhanced version of the English Early Years Foundation Stage framework and National Curriculum with suitable modifications made to take into account the diverse make-up of the school population. Mandarin is a compulsory and high profile subject throughout the College, with a flexible and comprehensive curriculum that caters for total beginners to bilingual students.
The co-curricular dimension of the College is exceptionally strong. Music, art and sport, in particular, are thriving, with regular sports fixtures, school concerts and productions. All members of staff are expected to contribute to the co-curricular programme and students in the Junior and Senior Schools are encouraged to take two activities each term. Educational visits and residential trips in the form of ‘adventurous journeys’ in Senior School are integral parts of the curriculum, and included in school fees.
The campus resides in a wonderful part of Seoul, in a street of churches, schools, a post office, council offices, convenient shops and a police station – it feels like a Dulwich Village in Seoul! The school enjoys excellent resources and facilities for its Primary and Senior School students. Each classroom from Reception upwards is equipped with a digital projector and interactive Smart Board. Specialist rooms include Art Rooms, an ICT suite, a kiln room, gymnasium, roof top sports and recreation areas, an indoor swimming pool, performing arts studio, libraries, outdoor play areas, a low-ropes challenge course, an all-weather sports field, a purpose-built theatre and self-contained suites of music rooms. As a wireless school, we are able to integrate IT across the whole curriculum through the use of our laptop trolleys. All full-time teachers are provided with their own laptop, Senior School students bring their own laptop and Primary School students from Year 5 and 6 bring their own tablet. There are also laptop and iPad class sets for general use.
The College draws upon 400 years of experience in education. Our founding school in London, Dulwich College, provides expertise, resources and a rigorous set of academic standards to which we must adhere. In addition, close ties with our family of schools in Beijing, Shanghai, Suzhou, Zhuhai, Yangon and Singapore provide us with further access to resources and enhanced professional learning and development. As well as the excellent career prospects offered by Dulwich College Seoul, teachers will be well placed to subsequently move to our other Colleges, experiencing the chance to work in another country whilst remaining within the Dulwich family. The power of our vision to become ‘One College, Many Campuses’ means that staff can be involved in group wide events such as the Dulwich Olympiad, Dulwich Games, MADD (Music, Art, Drama, Dance), Shackleton Lecture, Shakespeare Festival, MCC Cricket Tour and Diversity visits.
Teachers are mainly recruited from the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, North America and international schools throughout the world. The remuneration package is generous with excellent accommodation, comprehensive medical coverage and other benefits, including freight, annual flight and living allowances, as well as free tuition at the school for up to two children. Seoul is at the forefront of technological innovation whilst preserving its vibrant historical traditions and enjoying a pleasantly clean environment for a city of its size. The city regularly hosts world class events in sports, music and the arts. Dulwich is situated in Seocho District, just south of the Han River within easy reach of the city’s many attractions and is well served by affordable and efficient public transport services. It will be possible to live well, explore the hidden treasures of a country ignored by mass tourism, whilst being centrally located for visiting China, Japan and other neighbouring Asian countries.