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Fun Run 14

Students combined fun with exercise at the annual Dunraven Fun Run on Tuesday 15th July.

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   Welcome to Dunraven School

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This year marked the start of a significant new phase in Dunraven's history, following 'best yet' results across the board in 2013: we moved in to brand new buildings and began life as an all-through school.

The last decade or so has seen remarkable progress at Dunraven. For example in 2002, the GCSE outcomes stood at 43%: in 2013 the 5 A*-C figure was 98%. In fact, I'm very proud that we recorded another set of 'best yet' results at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 which is a testament to the commitment of our students and the expertise of their teachers. 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.

Ofsted viewed the school as improving in 2002 and as very good in 2010. The school has helped develop eight 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 second and third 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 (almost 300 in 2012-13 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 for the senior school and sixth form is now complete and we are delighted to have the opportunity to begin the next phase of the school's journey in our bespoke new buildings. The work on our new primary building has begun and will be completed ready for September 2014.

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 first group of children and we look forward to seeing them develop and grow as learners.

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

Principal
January 2014

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