Our Awards and Reports
St Dunstan's College is delighted to have been widely recognised and endorsed for our forward-thinking and ambitious approach to education.
Tes Awards 2022 - Independent Senior School of the Year
In June 2022, St Dunstan's won Independent Senior School of the Year at the Tes Awards - the Oscars of Education.
Judge David James has worked in independent schools for over 20 years and is an experienced inspector for the Independent Schools Inspectorate. He said: ‘There’s a very clear and coherent vision of what they want to do, both with the curriculum and the local community.
‘The head is asking interesting questions of the sector, including areas like privilege and responsibility, which go beyond the usual platitudes. It’s a really interesting school in a tough market, trying to not just survive but actually make something different for the children and families they’re working with.’
Watch the winning moment here
Independent Schools of the Year Awards - Co-educational School of the Year
In late 2020, St Dunstan’s was named Independent Co-educational School of the Year at the prestigious Independent Schools of the Year Awards. The winners were announced in a virtual award ceremony on Thursday 8 October. Announcing the winner, David Moncrieff, from Independent School Parent Magazine, explained: 'St Dunstan's College for their renaissance education, their pupil voice and their championing of the individual.'
Watch the winning moment here
Good Schools Guide
We are delighted to share with you all our latest review by The Good Schools Guide, following a visit to the Senior School in June 2021.
'Diverse in every way – academically, socially, and intellectually. The St Dunstan’s ethos could come across as a bit ‘woke’ on paper, but in real life we found the school to be inspiring, both liberating and liberal thanks to interesting leadership, committed teaching and a very engaged student body. A great school for unstuffy polymaths.'
- Good Schools Guide, 2022
The Good Schools Guide also visited our Junior School in summer 2021. Read the full report below.
A busy, energetic school where pupils are offered a stimulating syllabus and fun activities. The prep has changed to become much more in line with the St Dunstan’s College approach, particularly with the shared co-curricular syllabi and the emphasis on a broad and balanced curriculum. Children enjoy being part of a large, vibrant and, above all, active community, to the extent that parents report that their children are keen to continue their educational journey at St Dunstan's after year 6.
The Good Schools Guide, 2021
Our 2019 Educational Quality (with focused compliance) inspection from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) found the school to be ‘excellent’ in every category.
The findings from the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) Focused Compliance and Education Quality Inspection report found that ‘the quality of the pupils’ academic achievement and other achievements is excellent,’ and that ‘pupils of all ages display excellent knowledge, skills and understanding and become resilient in their learning as they move through the school’. The report’s key findings also found that St Dunstan’s pupils of all ages ‘have outstanding attitudes to learning and are effective independent learners and thinkers’ and that they ‘learn effectively by collaborating with their peers’.
During their visit, inspectors spent time in an upwards of 90 lessons, seeing nearly every teacher at St Dunstan’s. They met with teaching and non-teaching staff, and spent time with more than 100 pupils from the Nursery to the Sixth Form. The leadership team, led by Head Mr Nicholas Hewlett, were found to ‘give every individual a chance to work out the person they want to be.’
The Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) also visited in December 2021 for a Material Change Visit.
Short Visit 2017
Regulatory Compliance Visit March 2017