Welcome from the Headmaster
Welcome to St Dunstan’s College; an ambitious, forward-thinking community that champions individuality through a broad, liberal education, whilst retaining our historic and valued traditions.
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. Our white shield serves as the blank canvas onto which is emblazoned the story of each St Dunstan’s pupil. We support and inspire each individual to find their own way, make their own mark, and discover who they are; becoming comfortable with themselves, and the diversity of life that surrounds them.
We are ideally suited to enlivening this narrative. Our vibrant corner of south-east London presents us with a diversity we embrace and celebrate, allowing for all manner of cultures, views and styles. Our co-educational setting introduces pupils to the realities of life, staving-off gender stereotypes, and creating well-balanced, grounded young people. Our Nursery to Year 13 setting allows for a community that cares for one another and engenders respect and kindness. Our namesake, St Dunstan – that great polymath – sits at the forefront of an inspiring, innovative history of cutting-edge education, and has helped us forge a deliberately wide-reaching and creative curriculum.
We are a school driven by our values, and the development of individual character above institutional personality. We cherish our diversity of pupils, with 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 toalways want to discover more.
In recent years we have proved ourselves to be at the forefront of educational thinking. Our Wellness Centre serves as a hub for the support of physical and mental health amongst the St Dunstan’s community. Our Co-Curricular Forder Programme, Summer Festival, Additional Curriculum and Sixth Form Diploma, are all born from a school that refuses to stand still and constantly looks at how we can do things differently and better. We are currently amidst one of the most significant redevelopments of our school buildings since the nineteenth century. State-of-the-art STEM facilities, a new Junior School, Sixth Form hub, Performing Arts Centre, and more, will be opened in the Summer of 2021. This sits alongside the recent acquisition of an additional 30 acres of sporting facilities, just 5 minutes from the main College campus, now representing a centre for community engagement and sporting excellence.
We believe that St Dunstan’s is a school ideally positioned to offer an education that best develops young people who will not only thrive in the globalised world of which we are a part, but who will shape it. St Dunstan’s pupils will go on as the liberal-minded, well-informed, grounded and principled women and men this changing world so desperately needs.
I do hope that the unique culture of our school that I have articulated resonates with your own thinking. Do enjoy looking at our website and getting a flavour for all that goes on here. If you feel your daughter or son would enjoy an environment such as this, or are interested in finding out more, please do not hesitate to make an appointment to come and see us; we are proud of our historic façade, but all the more excited by the energy and colour that is exuded within.
Mr Nicholas Hewlett