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    West Dulwich fair

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    Sixth Form results

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    English School's Cup victory

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    Open Sessions

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    Dunraven Dance Company

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    Year 13: Dunraven 6th Form

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    Back to school

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  Welcome to Dunraven School

I'm very proud to be the Principal of Dunraven School.

We want to help our children and young people develop their capacity in a range of important character strengths to prepare them for their life ahead:

  • Optimism - I believe I can improve and be more successful with deliberate practice.
  • Resilience - I stick with something even when times are difficult or I struggle in order to get things done well.
  • Gratitude - I show my appreciation for other people and opportunities I am offered.
  • Courtesy - I show respect to my peers and the adults in school because it is the right thing to do (not because I’m told to do so).
  • Self discipline - I set appropriate goals and stick with them.
  • Working hard - I make the best of a situation and put as much effort and thought into a task as I can.

We are clear that such qualities are essential for a successful, productive and happy life now and in the future. Our school has a very strong track record in helping young people develop such qualities and they underpin our belief that the role of a school - together with families and the wider community - is to support the development of well-rounded young adults.


The last decade or so has seen remarkable progress at Dunraven. For example in 2002, the GCSE outcomes stood at 43%: in 2014 the 5 A*-C figure was 88%. In 2002 our sixth form, its new building and the South London Sixth (SL6) collaboration were ambitious plans for the future. We now have an Ofsted-rated 'outstanding' sixth form and SL6 is the most successful collaboration in this part of London. All groups of students at Dunraven outperform their peers nationally and their outcomes place us in the top quartile of all schools across the country. Our results at GCSE and A level remain above the national average including in the core subjects of English and mathematics.

Ofsted viewed the school as improving in 2002 and as very good in 2010. The school has helped develop nine successful headteachers in the past decade and gained a second specialism, High Performing status, Beacon Status, International status, Advanced Healthy School status, Investors in People status for the fourth time, Artsmark, Sportsmark and won a Public Service Award for our landmark sports hall. Dunraven has also been designated as a National Support School (NSS) in recognition of the work we do in partnership with and supporting other schools. Our Chair of Governors, Joel MacInnes, became a National Leader of Governance (NLG) underlining the quality of our governors' support for the school.

One of the reasons for the school's on-going success has been the ability to control our own destiny to make the best use of the resources we have been given to support the progress of our students. To this end, Dunraven became a grant maintained school in 1993, a foundation school in 1999 and - continuing the tradition of independent self-management - an academy in August 2011.

We've been visited by the prime minister and education secretary of the day; headteachers from America, China, Sweden, Norway and Canada; by two knights, a baroness and 3 directors of children's services in recognition of the work we do for our young people. We've also run thousands of educational visits (over 250 in 2013-14 alone) and hundreds of events to enrich and extend the curriculum. We have developed a strong reputation locally, within London and nationally featuring in positive reports about outstanding schools.

Our Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme, along with our new primary school building, is now complete. We are privileged to have the opportunity to begin the next phase of our development in our bespoke new buildings

We are delighted that Dunraven is now an all-through school. The governors took the decision to support the need for additional local primary school places by expanding our provision from 11-18 to 4-18. The primary phase will develop year by year beginning with the two forms of reception children who joined the school in September 2013. This offers the children - and their families - a unique educational opportunity as well as the chance for the school to create an exciting and enriched learning experience for all its students. The primary team, led by our Head of Primary Phase, Michaela Christian, are very excited to be working with our children and look forward to seeing them develop and grow as learners all the way to A level. We also welcome Julian's school, Streatham as our guests and partners for the first half of the year who will share our new building until theirs is ready to move into early in 2015.

If you come to visit the school, we will offer you a warm welcome and aim to let you see for yourself why we're so proud of our school.

Best wishes on behalf of the students, staff and governors of Dunraven

David Boyle
September 2014