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Development

In recent years, within our own resources, we have fundamentally redeveloped both our sites to provide the best of a forward-thinking and ambitious education to the pupils under our care, and to offer enrichment for our broader community shared access. You can read more about our recent developments on this website, or take a tour of our buildings by clicking on our Virtual Tour HERE.

In April 2021, we opened the most significant building development since our Foundation, in 1888. The new Junior School, Sixth Form Centre, and STEM block has transformed the College’s teaching and learning spaces. We are hoping to open our new Theatre currently being built on the footprint of the old Sciences Laboratories, as part of the new Performing Arts Centre, early 2022.

We will then turn our attention to the significant redevelopment and expansion of the Sport and Leisure Centre, on the Stanstead Road site, as well as the relocation of the Rugby Fives Courts. Targeting a build programme to begin in the Summer of 2023, we need to raise additional funds to realise our ambitions. 

 

Help us support bright young minds

Bursaries at St Dunstan’s give academically able children from all backgrounds the chance of an excellent, and often life-changing, education. We know from experience that bursary pupils make an invaluable contribution to our school community and last year we were able to support 59 of our pupils in this way.

Bursaries are currently funded almost solely through College income. Each year, we strive to increase the number of bursaries we award, not only so that more children might benefit, but also to ensure that our pupil community is as dynamic and diverse as the world of which it is a part.

In recent months, more families than ever have faced challenging financial circumstances as result of a pandemic which has affected people’s income and livelihoods, and we want to be ready to respond. We want to dramatically increase the funds we have available to support able children from lower-income families. This can only be done with significant help, and we ask you to consider making a regular gift to help us extend the reach of our education through supporting the bursary programme.

By giving a gift to support bursary students:

  • More children with outstanding promise will be able to access an excellent education at St Dunstan’s beyond financial constraint.
  •  More young people will have the confidence to navigate their future effectively, with the compassion to understand and appreciate others.
  • Our whole student community will benefit from the diversity of its members.

 

 

Why not support our new Theatre?

St Dunstan's has an impressive track record in staging inspiring and memorable live performances over its long history. Our new Performing Arts Centre includes a theatre space to match up to the talent of our students.

The new theatre has been designed to be used as flexibly as possible. There will be 100 places on the premium raking seating and 120 individual theatre chairs, able to be configured as each performance requires.

Maybe you would like to celebrate your family's part in the life of the school or perhaps mark your own passion for theatre and performance? By sponsoring a seat or becoming a performance sponsor, you will be supporting a first-class resource that inspires and enthuses Dunstonian students for years to come. Our new theatre will also be a resource for professional, amateur and community groups, a hub for workshops, live-streaming and inspiring live shows. There are also options to sponsor the theatre's lighting, staging and backstage areas such as make-up and costume.

Whatever you choose, you can be sure that you will be playing your own part in ensuring the very best of the performing arts at St Dunstan's.

 

How you can support

All donations, large or small, are precious  and meaningful regardless of the amount. You can give in a number of ways:

You can MAKE A REGULAR DONATION which can take the form of:

  • a single donation by cheque, electronic transfer or by debit or credit card HERE;
  • a regular donation by Direct Debit HERE;
  • employee match funding scheme: many organisations offer match funding schemes as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility Programme, whereby the employer matches the amount you donate by an equal value of donation.
  • for current parents, a regular gift can be made by adding a donation to your termly fee invoice or by opting to gift your deposit when your child leaves St Dunstan’s College.

You can also LEAVE A LEGACY: 

The achievements of the College are founded on the generosity of many generations of past Dunstonians and the support of donors today will similarly help define our future.

Once family and friends are appropriately remembered, thoughts often turn to charities and institutions which have a special place in a person's life. For many, the years spent at school are some of the most significant and life-changing times. This is particularly true at St Dunstan's College where there is a vibrant community of Dunstonians interconnected in a whole range of different ways. By leaving a gift in your will, you will be providing vital support to future generations: legacies are extremely important to St Dunstan’s and we are very grateful for every bequest we receive, whatever its value.

Your will is an important and personal document and we recommend you contact your solicitor to either draft your Will or a Codicil to your existing Will. If you decide to remember the College in your will, do please let us know by filling out our Pledge Form HERE, so that we can keep in touch and let you know how gifts like yours are supporting the College and its students. We are a charity and St Dunstan's Educational Foundation Charity number is 3112747.

For any question, please email our Director of Development, Mrs Isabelle Blake-James at development@stdunstans.org.uk.