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Pupils have 17 different subjects taught up to year 9 which, as well as academic topics, include music, art, sport, CCF, Duke of Edinburgh, cookery, Warhammer, chess and a host of other interesting activities. ‘We want them to do this while their neural pathways are young. This builds neuroplasticity and shows them how to learn better for GCSEs’ explains a teacher, while we try not to goggle at the timetabling challenge. One parent noted that having two languages plus Latin was ‘a bit ...


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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. 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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Since 2014, Nicholas Hewlett BSc, PGCE. Brief stint in the City, followed by a geography degree from King’s College London and a PGCE at the Institute of Education. First teaching post was at Dulwich College followed by Magdalen College School, Oxford where he was head of geography and later housemaster. While in Oxford he also sang as a lay clerk at New College and performed as a tenor soloist.

Mr Hewlett, who became head of St Dunstan’s aged 34, reflects with hindsight (and understatement) that the trust the Governors put in him could have been risky ‘because I was so young.’ The risk paid off. Seven years later he is still crackling with energy after overseeing a development programme worth £30 million that includes a new junior school, sixth form centre...

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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
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
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
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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