Located in south London with excellent access to Heathrow and Gatwick Airports, Dulwich College is nestled in the vicinity of parks, commons and museums. Originally founded in 1619, Dulwich moved to its 70 acre green field site on Dulwich Common in the 1870s.
The College is divided into four Schools: The Junior School, Lower School, Middle School and Upper School. In addition, DUCKS (Dulwich College Kindergarten and Infants’ School), enables boys and girls aged from six months to seven years to thrive. Each School has its own Head who is responsible to the Master for that part of the College.
Solid exam results give the College a firm platform on which to build and expand. A*/A grades at GCSE level are now punching upwards of 80 per cent. Science and languages are strong, while English is catching up. The percentage of students scoring A*-B grades at A-level is phenomenally high, and a remarkably wide range of challenging subjects are available.
Students from Hong Kong and China have a very good record at securing places at Oxbridge Colleges, Imperial College, London, as well as other famed London Colleges.
Dulwich has a long and proud tradition of boarding, with the community fully integrated. The boarding community has a truly international flavour, with many students from Hong Kong as well as around 20 other nationalities typically represented. Overseas students can receive additional support with their English if required.
Three boarding houses can be found on the School’s site. A Housemaster, who resides with his family, looks after each boarding house and is ably assisted by a team of House Tutors.
The Boarders’ Dining Room enables boys from all three Houses to eat together. Each house has its own kitchen facilities.
The main buildings are grand Victorian redbrick structures housing the great hall, the masters’ library and the Wodehouse Library.
One of the College’s biggest successes, and now central to campus life, is the Laboratory. Bringing together Science and Art, the building celebrates the importance of Science at the College.
Extra-curricular pursuits and excursions
Dulwich’s sport and Games programme places a team-sports ethos and the promotion of physical health and social interaction at its heart. There are extensive opportunities for pupils to compete – in 2014 Dulwich College played approaching 1,800 sporting fixtures involving more than 80 per cent of boys. These fixtures spanned over 25 sports ranging from rugby and cricket through to fencing and table tennis. With world-class facilities, the College is able to carry out this feat with precision and quality.
With London on the College’s doorstep, there are a range of destinations for weekend trips. Museums, art galleries and the theatre, of course; but also the cinema, go-karting, paint-balling, ice-skating are also at the pupils’ fingertips.
At the School itself, the majority of boys engage themselves in one or more of the many co-curricular activities available such as CCF, music, drama scouts or community service.