St Dunstan’s College is ideally positioned: within 15 minutes by train from London Bridge or Charing Cross, it is set in 40 acres of land across two sites, accessible within walking distance.
Our magnificent historic buildings, dating back to our 1888 foundation, sit comfortably alongside the most recent 21st Century developments.
The Great Hall of St Dunstan’s is the physical and symbolic heart of the College. It has had extensive renovation in recent years including a new organ, sound and lighting system. The Great Hall serves multiple purposes for our College and wider community, including regular assemblies, events, musicals and plays. It is also the home to the permanent memorial to the hundreds of Dunstonians who lost their lives in the Great Wars. The magnificent stained glass, depicting the varied life of St Dunstan, is a wonderful focal point for our work at the College.
STEM Centre for Excellence and Innovation
The school’s first head, Charles Maddock Stuart, was a pioneer in heuristic education, designing the college to have science laboratories for students to discover learning themselves. St Dunstan’s was one of the first schools in the country to have laboratories and to devote significant time to hands-on scientific practical experiments for students to innovate and ‘do’, rather than passively observe.
In September 2021, the doors opened to our £25million STEM Centre for Excellence and Innovation, which is home to our Science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Psychology), Design Engineering and Mathematics departments.
This includes 12 state-of-the-art laboratories across two floors, engineering workshops with laser cutters and 3D printers, and mathematics classrooms. Our STEM Centre is connected to the Junior School with a stunning glass atrium.
Performing Arts Centre and Theatre
In March 2022, our Performing Arts Centre was officially opened. Drama, Music and the Performing Arts are highly valued at St Dunstan’s College. We are fortunate to work with an enthusiastic, committed and ambitious student body. Our Performing Arts Centre is home to all three departments and features large studios, practice rooms, LAMDA spaces and a MAC classroom for musical tech. The Performing Arts Centre also is home to our 170-seat theatre which stages large-scale productions, conferences and community events.
Learning Resource Centre
Juxtaposing new and contemporary thinking with a rich heritage, is at the heart of what makes St Dunstan’s unique. Our Learning Resource Centre fuses the traditional library with digital resources, as well as dedicated collaborative and silent study spaces, which encourage academic enrichment and allow for specialist support. Extensive modifications to our historic library have created a contemporary learning support facility, including dedicated collaborative and silent study spaces, as well as facilities for academic enrichment and specialist support.
In 2018 we began a rolling programme of classroom refurbishments, modernising these essential spaces with innovative technology, furniture and fittings, whilst retaining the beauty of their 130-year-heritage.
St Dunstan’s has developed a unique, dedicated facility known as the Wellness Centre, to serve as a hub for student mental and physical health services. The Wellness Centre – historically known as The Pavilion – is home to First Aid and medical support, counselling, peer mentoring, chaplaincy support, and also features spaces for students to be still and reflect.
Leisure Centre and Swimming Pool
Students have access to a wide range of sporting opportunities across both our sites, both for competitive sport, training and for leisure. Our sporting facilities include two large playing fields on the main College site, a sports hall, gym and fitness studio and a 31 metre indoor swimming pool.
Climbing and Bouldering Walls
As part of our extensive adventurous training offer, the College has its dedicated climbing and bouldering walls. One is a lead climbing wall made from real rock, including crack climb and abseil ledges.
The second, donated by the Friends of St Dunstan’s, is a moonboard made for bouldering. It is fitted with an LED system and is fully Bluetooth compatible, allowing students to create their own routes and challenges.
In addition to the facilities contained on our main school site, the College also owns the Jubilee Ground – 23 acres of playing fields in the centre of Catford, a three-minute walk from the College site. Students have access to natural cricket, football and rugby pitches as well as a number of high-quality MUGAs (Multi-use Games Areas) providing opportunities to play hockey, football, netball and rugby.
The Senior School ecology pond is located on the top field with breath-taking views of the College site. The pond is used by the Biology Department for outside lessons and is looked after by the Ecology Club who have planted native species hedgerows.
The club aims to increase biodiversity on the College site, and the area has been fitted with bird feeders and a camera to watch the area flourish with wildlife.
The Plaza, located in the centre of the College site, is a multi-recreational outdoor space for students and staff to enjoy. Opened in September 2021, and named by the students, the Plaza is still being developed and will eventually include a mixture of hard and soft landscaping, an amphitheatre and CCF Parade Square. The outdoor space is available for the College community to enjoy throughout the day.
Dunstonian Office and Archives
St Dunstan’s is very proud of its long and prestigious history, but is not constrained by it. Our thriving archives are accessible to students, staff and alumni and supports educational projects, as well as serving as a broader nostalgic purpose.