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Inside the red ‘Hogwarts’ building is at once impressive and in places shabbily homely. High ceilinged, metro-tiled corridors, lots of staircases with wooden handrails – no sliding – and a galleried Great Hall with stained glass windows, organ pipes and a multi-media desk for productions. Classrooms for year groups tend to cluster together, giving students a home base and possibly adding to the ‘small’ school feel. Seriously impressive art lines the corridors, particularly the self-portraits. Large, light and popular DT workshops...

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What the school says...

St Dunstans College is a forward-thinking and successful independent school. We give our pupils a superb all-round education designed to meet the demands of a fast-changing world. In the Senior School, excellent academic results are complemented by a wide range of extra-curricular activities and trips. The International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma is offered in the Sixth Form alongside A Levels. Throughout the whole school, we aim to recognise and nurture the individuality of every pupil and encourage them to make their own distinct contribution to society. Located in South East London, near Beckenham and Bromley, the College is easily accessible via rail, bus and road. ...Read more

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2015 Good Schools Guide Awards

  • Best performance by Boys taking History at an English Independent School (IBO Higher level component)

Curricula

International Baccalaureate: diploma - the diploma is the familiar A-level equivalent.

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What The Good Schools Guide says

Headmaster

Since 2014, Nicholas Hewlett BSc PGCE (30s): the youngest head we’ve yet to meet, but youth becomes him. He’s still bouncing with excitement after two challenging years in post. After a brief spell in the City, he headed to King’s College London to study geography, followed by a PGCE at the Institute of Education. Landing his first teaching job at Dulwich College, within three years he moved to Magdalen College School Oxford, as head of geography becoming housemaster, contingent commander of the CCF and director of the annual arts festival.

We were somewhat startled to hear a wish from a mother to hear him sing until we encountered his CV. Performing as a tenor soloist throughout his 20s, he also sang at one time as a lay clerk for New...

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Special Education Needs

The College wants to welcome any pupil that meets its required entrance standards. The Learning Support Department works on a one to one or small group basis with pupils. All pupils who have an identified learning need will be offered support, usually on a weekly basis. Pupils are taught in a structured, cumulative and multi-sensory way that builds on existing knowledge and provides revision and reinforcement of new learning. Strategies to support independent learning are taught and pupils are encouraged to discover their own most effective ways of learning. The Learning Support Department screens all children on entry to the school. All pupils who have an identified learning difficulty (supported by a report from an appropriate professional) are given a Pupil Profile which is distributed to all their teachers. Some pupils at St Dunstan’s College do use lap-tops. The College is able to offer specialist support for those pupils with dyslexia. 10-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Aspergers
Aspergers Syndrome [archived]
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders [archived]
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Delicate Medical Problems [archived]
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Epilepsy [archived]
Genetic
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
Not Applicable
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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