Our Ethos, Vision, Values and Aims
Translating as ‘Adorn the White’, our College motto, Albam Exorna, is as relevant today as it was at the time of our Lewisham foundation, in 1888. The white shield that serves as three quarters of our College crest is a blank canvas onto which is emblazoned the as-yet-unwritten story of each St Dunstan’s pupil.
We cherish our school of unique characters, each being encouraged to navigate their own journey through life whilst being nurtured to develop the Courage to be who they are, the Creativity to develop new ideas and approaches, the Confidence to try, succeed and fail, the Compassion to understand and appreciate others, and the Curiosity always to want to discover more.
‘An ambitious, forward-thinking community that inspires and supports individuals to thrive’
Our vision seeks to capitalise upon the rich and imaginative history of our College without being constrained by it, delivering a deliberately ambitious and forward-thinking approach to education without losing sight of the importance of supporting and inspiring individuality. St Dunstan’s aspires for all our young people to thrive in every way – personally, physically, socially and academically - and the breadth of our curriculum and co-curriculum is entirely designed to support that ambition. Our community makes us who we are – our vibrant and grounded Lewisham location, our rich and inspiring history, our co-educational setting, and our eclectic Dunstonians, near and far – all of this sets the tone for a community that is particularly well positioned to embrace the range of challenge and opportunity presented by the globalised world of which we are now a part.
The values that we aspire to inculcate across our community are those of Courage, Creativity, Confidence, Compassion and Curiosity.
These values chime with the life of Saint Dunstan, an extraordinary man whose life is an inspiration to the deliberately broad and ambitious curriculum and co-curriculum we offer today, as well as our deep and sincere commitment to pastoral care and wellbeing, in its broadest possible sense.
The St Dunstan community works towards 20 outcomes for any three-year cycle of our development, all of which are rooted within a community framework:
1. To have maintained high levels of pupil achievement through ambitious and forward-thinking teaching and academic leadership.
2. To have maintained rapid rates of pupil progression through an ambitious culture of learning that is increasingly realising high levels of pupil attainment.
3. To be delivering an ambitious and forward-thinking Co-Curriculum which ensures engagement for all.
4. To be delivering an ambitious and forward-thinking Examined and Additional Curriculum that best prepares our pupils for the future.
5. To be providing an ambitious and forward-thinking approach to assessment and the monitoring of pupil progress that engenders pupil agency in their own progression.
6. To have embedded consistency in our approach to monitoring, communicating and responding to individual pupil safeguarding, wellbeing and learning needs.
7. To have improved the mechanisms by which we communicate with, listen to and respond to pupils.
1. To have developed an ambitious and forward-thinking approach to staff professional development.
2. To have an ambitious and forward-thinking approach to staff well-being.
3. To ensure that safeguarding is embedded at the forefront of everyone’s thinking.
1. To have an ambitious and forward-thinking approach to our delivery of Information Technology.
2. To have developed safe and inspirational learning and working environments for our whole community.
3. To have an ambitious and forward-thinking approach to sustainability across the community.
1. To have developed an ambitious and forward-thinking approach to our community relationships and the mutual benefit that stems from them.
2. To have an ambitious and forward-thinking programme of charitable giving and charitable partnerships.
3. To have an ambitious and forward-thinking approach to parent communication.
4. To be receiving tangible benefits from international engagements.
Our Business and Charity
1. To have developed excellence in administrative and technical support.
2. To have developed excellence in financial and business management.
3. To be ambitious and forward thinking in our approach to generating income through effective marketing, development and fundraising.
St Dunstan's marking the centenary of the First World War in November 2018