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‘We focus on what do you want your child to learn, rather than what do you want us to make your child into,’ said one teacher. It’s an interesting time of transition from a ‘not so academic’ school to one that’s taking on the local big boys in Dulwich et al.  Asked about children who might not enjoy St Dunstan’s junior school, a teacher’s response was straightforward, ‘children who don’t see the value in giving things a go.’

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Since September 2020, Laura Whitwood (30s), previously acting head. Studied history and French at the University of Manchester; MEd (focus languages) and PGCE from University of Cambridge.

Miss Whitwood fits the current St Dunstan’s model of appointing notably youthful heads, (headmaster is in his early 40s). She is charming and approachable and we imagine is as popular in the staffroom as she is with parents and pupils. She also clearly loves her job. Confirmation of her appointment from acting head to head was made two months before Covid hit. Prior to that she was deputy head pastoral for three years, involved in the planning of the school’s new Wellness Centre. She spent five years at Norwich High School for Girls before joining St Dunstan’s.

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