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    Primary Newsletter

    Dear Families We enjoyed the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party yesterday; thank you to Sodexo for providing this for us. We look forward to more fun themed lunches. Sodexo are launc…

  • Maths Problem of the Week Oct 13

    Maths Problem of the Week

  • Celebrity Chef comes to Dunraven Oct 13

    Celebrity Chef comes to Dunraven

    Celebrity chef Paul Rankin visited Dunraven this week to promote healthy eating at school. After an Omelette Challenge bake off in Year 11 assembly, he gave masterclasses to…

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    Primary Newsletter

    Dear Families The children have all enjoyed having their photos taken today and we look forward to seeing the results in a couple of weeks. Our new Reception classes h…

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    Chamber Choir sing at Community Fair

    On Saturday September 17 the Dunraven Chamber Choir visited the West Dulwich Community Fair and all items performed were received with rapturous applause. Soloists inclu…

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    Letter to All Families - Secondary

    Dear Families MESSAGES FROM MR BOYLE, PRINCIPAL Welcome back to the new school year. All students are now in school full time and have made a very positive start t…

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    Letter to All Families - Primary

    Dear Families MESSAGES FROM MR BOYLE, PRINCIPAL Welcome back to the new school year. All students are now in school full time and have made a very positive start t…

  • Early Closure - Secondary Phase Sep 19

    Early Closure - Secondary Phase

    Early Closure - Tuesday 20 September 2016 Students in the secondary phase will be dismissed at the end of Period 5 (2.20pm) in advance of the Open Evening for 2017 admiss…

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    Dunraven Chamber Choir at the Community Autumn Fair

    This year’s Community Autumn Fair, the eighth, is on 17 September 2016 at All Saints Church in Lovelace Road, West Dulwich and starts at 2pm. Dunraven Chamber Choir will …

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    GCSE results 2016

    We are proud of the hard work that went in to the GCSE results secured by our students this year. We set ambitious targets with the belief that, with focus and dedica…

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    A level results 2016

    We are extremely proud of the young women and men who have worked so hard on their A level studies. Whilst the tireless work and inspiration of their teachers and on-going s…

  • BFI Residency 2016 Aug 02

    BFI Residency 2016

    This year Dunraven School had another fantastic opportunity to participate in the annual Residency at the prestigious British Film Institute during the week of 11-15 July. T…

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    Primary Newsletter

    Dear Families Another year has come to an end and what a busy one it has been! A wide range of activities have been experienced across the year groups and it has been…

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    Activities Week Creative Arts Showcase 2016

    Activities Week in the Creative Arts Department culminated in amazing showcase of all of the work on Friday 15th July. On display were expressive Waterc…

  • Activities week Live sessions project Jul 18

    Activities week Live sessions project

    This week 10 students from years 7-9 spent activities week learning, rehearsing, recording and, finally, performing two songs. A huge well done to everyone involved! The pro…

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The Dunraven Drama Department gave two performances of Macbeth at the end of the summer term. Look at the photos here.


Welcome to Dunraven School


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

We were very glad to be designated as a National Teaching School in 2016 as it recognises the effort that the school team puts in to making lessons enjoyable and effective for our young people. Equally, the visit of OFSTED in October 2014 which judged Dunraven as ‘outstanding’ in every category was an important public marker of our on-going journey to achieve ‘Excellence for All’. I’m delighted to have played a part in the school’s success but such recognition is the result of the hard work of our staff and students – supported by their families – over time.  Our next challenge is to ensure that Dunraven maintains these high standards as we aim to become an ‘astounding’ school, working with others as we deliver excellence from Reception all the way through to Year 13. 

Dunraven is a 4-18, All Through School. The primary phase will develop year by year until our Year 6 begin in 2019. This structure offers our 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, Michaela Christian, are very excited to be working with our children and look forward to seeing them develop and grow as learners. Our Head of Secondary, Jessica West, will work hard with her team to ensure that we build successfully on those excellent foundations all the way to A level and the life beyond school.

We want to help our children and young people develop their capacity to excel in a range of important character strengths to prepare them for that 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 have to 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 focus on the right thing at the right time and avoid the easy option.
  • Working hard - I 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 key role of our school - together with families and the wider community - is to support the development of well-rounded young adults.

If you’d like to find out a little more about our developments and history, click here

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 2016