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Academic culture thriving. Focused on a love of learning for its own sake. Quirky academic opportunities abound in sixth form. Dulwich Diploma encourages A level depth with something more like IB breadth - boys produce a 2000 word independent essay. All pupils take A level Plus, a programme of university-stye cross-departmental electives including American Studies, Gender Studies, Page to Stage. Arts, music and co-curricular are outstanding. Work around community and sustainability is now...

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Founded in 1619 by Edward Alleyn, Dulwich College our primary duty is to ensure that all our pupils fulfil their academic potential. We aim to inspire our pupils, and to build the confidence required to explore beyond the boundaries of the curriculum. Learning for its own sake is encouraged alongside focused and dedicated study.

We look to provide a wide range of sporting, cultural and adventurous activities for pupils to enjoy and through which they can learn to work co-operatively and to take a lead. Within its 70 acre site Dulwich Colleges excellent facilities support both the boys formal studies and their activities outside the classroom. Boys are encouraged to participate in expeditions and community-based activities.

Every boy is allocated to one of the eight Houses which encourages a fierce but healthy loyalty. The House system also supports the pastoral care of the boys. Boys proceed from Dulwich to the most competitive of universities, in the UK and in the world, and thereafter into all the major professions. The College has a long standing reputation for producing some of the finest actors, musicians, sportsmen and writers in the country.
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Cambridge Pre-U - an alternative to A levels, with all exams at the end of the two-year course.




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Since 2009, Dr Joseph (Joe) Spence BA PhD (50s). Previously headmaster of Oakham School. Before that, 10 years as housemaster to the King’s scholars at Eton College. Studied modern history and politics.

Grammar school educated, Dr Spence is vocal on education as a vehicle of social mobility – on a ‘social mission’ to attract pupils and staff from every background. Inspirational (not a word that we bandy around), sincere (without a hint of worthiness) and ambitious (but for the school rather than for himself). Generous in his praise for his team and quick to give credit where it’s due. Parents describe his approach as ‘grown-up’, ‘level’, ‘considered’. Appears to wear his responsibilities lightly, though, and brings a sense of fun to even the meatiest of topics – gives a rousing assembly,...

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'The College has a Learning Support Department. This provides support for any boy who needs help as he engages with the College's academic programme, which is designed for boys in the top 15-20% of the national academic range.'

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