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  • Drama in December at Dunraven Dec 18

    Drama in December at Dunraven

    Students in the Drama department have had lots of opportunities to experience live theatre in the past two weeks. The Year 13 Exam used A View from the Bridge as a stimulus to…

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    Ignition Step in to Dance Battle!

    Two members of our street crew recently competed in the Royal Academy of Dance Step into Dance London Battles, with one finishing as very credible semi finalist with a bronze …

  • Danceathon 2014 Dec 09

    Danceathon 2014

    The Dance department have been preparing once more for the annual dance show and decided to kick off the festive season with a Danceathon. All students donated some money for …

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    Maths Problem of the Week

    Please send your answers in by the end of the week. …

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    Key stage 4 choices

    A successful information evening was held on 13 November to help Year 9 students and their parents to understand their choices for next year. You can see the slides used at th…

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    Maths Problem of the Week

    Answers by the end of the week. …

  • Shakespeare Schools Festival Dec 01

    Shakespeare Schools Festival

    On Monday 17 November we performed at the Albany Theatre. Our performance was The Comedy of Errors. We started rehearsing before the summer holidays when we had our first meet…

  • Year 9 design Nov 26

    Year 9 design

    During their design lessons in October, 9RS visited the Dunraven primary school. They worked with two Year 1 classes and researched how they could make the library area more v…

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    Maths Problem of the Week

    Answers by Friday 21st November. …

  • Primary Newsletter Nov 21

    Primary Newsletter

    We all had a great day on Thursday dressing up as Superheroes and Princesses and we raised £266.44 for Children in Need. Thank you for all your contributions. We also began ou…

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    E-safety parent forum

    On Tuesday 11 November we saw the first parent forum of the year. Families from all year groups attended this information evening which dealt with the subject of E-Safety. The…

  • Chuka Umunna’s Visit Nov 17

    Chuka Umunna’s Visit

    Though later than we had initially hoped, the whole school, not just the Sixth Form, was delighted to welcome local MP Chuka Umunna to take part in a question and answer sessi…

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    Maths Problem of the Week

    Answers by Friday 21 November. …

  • Creative Arts Black History Day 2014 Nov 11

    Creative Arts Black History Day 2014

    On Thursday 16th October, Year 7 students came out of their usual lessons and took part in Dunraven's annual Creative Arts Black History Day. The students participated in work…

  • Children in Need 2014 Nov 11

    Children in Need 2014

    Year 7 are currently asking students to put a 50p in a jar with their name written on it to raise money for Children in Need. The name drawn out on Thursday 13 November at lu…

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The annual Dunraven Christmas Concert was enjoyed by all on Thursday 11 December.

See all the images from the rehearsals and Primary Concert here.



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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