• 03 Feb 12

    Goodbye admin block

    The administration block was the oldest part of Dunraven School and had once been a Victorian mansion. It housed the main entrance, the upper school office, the principal's office, the careers library, the staff room, business, art and computer rooms, and a music room with a gallery and a wonderful echo.


    It also had two rickety staircases where students' feet went clomp, clomp, clomp, a big blue door which used to be the main entrance, and a large classroom which for many years housed geography but which had been the central computer room for the past 10 years.


    And below is how it looked on 26 January 2012.  It's coming down to make way for the next stage of the BSF redevelopment, which will take all of 2012. The blue rectangular hole is the middle floor corridor and above it, a door leading from the business department to a flat roof that is no longer there.


    See the last interior photographs of admin block.


  • 05 Jan 12

    All change

    Go through the main entrance of the school into the administration block and you’d get a surprise. Where is the school office, bustling with activity? The corridor, packed with students after assembly? The principal’s office? The art rooms? The computer rooms upstairs? All deserted. Try to get out through a back door, and you can’t.  There’s a hoarding around admin block because the oldest part of Dunraven school – a Victorian mansion - is going to be demolished to make way for a brand new teaching building. 

    There’s another surprise if you visit lower school. For half its length,  the walls have disappeared! The building is being converted into new 6th form accommodation, ready for the time when all Year 7-11 teaching will be on the Leigham Court Road site. And into the other half of the lower school building in Mount Nod Road, the school office has squeezed. This is now, for the next three terms, the visitors’ entrance to the school.


    Lower school

    Sharing the school with a building site is difficult for staff and students, but the rewards are now appearing. The south block (the refurbished library block) looks like a new building with its wonderful atrium and sense of space, and has brought together the science department into one building for the first time. And now, after a Christmas period of frantic activity, the first part of the central block has opened with impressive new rooms for drama, music, maths, English and ICT.


    The new central block, south part

    As students move into the central block for their first lessons today the Dunraven BSF project, mercifully spared in the summer 2010 cuts, is far from complete. But the vision of a wonderful new school is beginning to take shape.

    Visit the BSF pages


  • 20 Sep 11

    Principal's start-of-term letter

    David Boyle has written to all families with the latest news about BSF, the examination results, admissions for 2012 and a list of key dates. You can read the letter online here.

  • 01 Aug 11

    BSF update

    What's happening now?

    Work is progressing with the refurbishment of Library Block which will be known from September as the south block. The move will now take place towards the end of the summer holidays. The extension to what is currently admin block is due for completeion by the end of October.

    From September science and design and technology move into their new home in South Block.  This means that these two subjects will no longer be taught in Lower School building, but all students from Years 7 to 13 will be taught in the 9 modernised and refurbished science labs and 4 D&T workshops (two for resistant materials, one for food technology and one for textiles). KS4 business studies also moves into South Block in a new classroom adjacent to a larger computer suite which will provide much-needed extra IT space for this popular subject.

    What happens next?

    August 2011: South block refurbishment complete. Business studies, science and design & technology move into the re-modelled building.

    Sep-Oct 2011: work continues on the southern end of the main new building on upper site (currently known as the central block).

    Nov 2011: KS4 maths and English, and all drama and music move into central block. Media studies and dance move to temporary rooms in admin block. The main catering kitchen and dining hall move to lower school.

    Nov 2011- Apr 2012: Drama block refurbishment. The southern end of lower school (the part nearest Leigham Court Road) re-modelled to create a sixth form centre.

    April 2012-Winter 2012: Demolition of admin block. Main phase of new building works on upper school site. Remodelling of current sixth form centre.

    Winter 2012-Spring 2013:  All new and refurbished buildings ready for use. Demolition of obsolete buildings (northern part of lower school and education block).  

    For more details, see the July edition of our BSF newsletter.


  • 20 Feb 11

    And we're off!

    The BSF project may have had a tricky start last summer, but the phoney war - of proposals, plans, consultations, preferred bidders, contracts and the lingering feeling - is it ever going to happen? - came to an end on Tuesday 15 February when the upper school gymnasium was demolished. By autumn a brand new building will stand in its place.

    Meanwhile maths and science lessons have left library block which is being refurbished. They have temporary accommodation until the autumn when they move into their new spaces. Click here to see the December BSF newsletter, or visit the BSF section of the website.


    Seen from library block.


    Seen from library block.


    Seen from library block.


    Seen from drama block.

    Pictures by Nick Levy

  • 07 Aug 10

    BSF gets go-ahead - click here for details

    According to the Department for Education website on 6 August "Education Secretary, Michael Gove, today announced the go-ahead for a series of new school projects. 33 local authority ‘sample’ school projects in 14 council regions will now proceed in Barking and Dagenham, Blackpool, Camden, Derby City, Ealing, Halton, Hartlepool, Hertfordshire, Lambeth ,Oldham,Poole, Somerset, St Helens and Wandsworth. "

    Read details on the DfE website here, and see the list of reprieved building projects here. This last document states: "Dunraven (Foundation Mixed) Secondary School Sample – capital allocated".

    We are now waiting for the details of how the contractual process will proceed.

    The school is very grateful for all the support we received from students, families, local councillors, the Lambeth BSF team, Pete Robbins, Phyllis Dunipace and from our MP, Chuka Umunna.

  • 11 May 10

    Dunraven PTA meet on Tuesday 18 May

    Dunraven School is preparing for the next phase of Building Schools for the Future, and the work for our new and refurbished school buildings is due to start in the summer. What are the proposed plans? What improvements to the school will BSF offer?  What will the school look like? Will there be enough outdoor space still? What will happen during the construction period? How will my child be affected?

    To find out the answers to these and any other questions you might have, come along and meet the architect and landscape designers as well as representatives from Lambeth BSF and from Engage, who have designed and will be building and managing our new school premises.

    There will also be information on the new uniform supplier, with samples and prices. Dunraven will be selling uniform from next year through the school.

  • 17 Dec 09

    Dunraven PTA

    At the meeting on Tuesday 15 December 2009, Gillian Smith and David Boyle gave a presentation on the Building Schools for the Future [BSF] redevelopment and refurbishment programme that will be underway at Dunraven from the autumn of 2010. Families were given an overview of the proposals from the 2 companies who are bidding for the BSF programme in Lambeth. There will be a final decision early next term as to which plans will be used. Further information will be available in the Spring Term. The BSF session was followed by a tour of the new Sports Hall with DoL for PE, Pete Dixon.

  • 02 Dec 09

    Dunraven Parents' Association meeting on Tues 15 December

    The Dunraven Parent Teacher Association warmly invites all parents and carers to a presentation on the 'Building Schools For the Future'  (BSF) programme on. Tuesday 15 December  from 6.00  - 7.00 p.m. in Room 004, Ground Floor Sixth Form Centre. The BSF programme, which is due to start in the autumn of 2010, offers Dunraven the chance to refurbish the existing school buildings and make them fit for the 21st century.  This discussion will be followed at 7.00 p.m. by the opportunity to look inside the new Upper School Sports Hall with the Director of PE, Mr Dixon.

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